Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs facilitate an interdisciplinary and comparative study of another discipline and bioethics and prepare students whose academic or career interests require gaining scholarly expertise in both.

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs facilitate an interdisciplinary and comparative study of another discipline and bioethics and prepare students whose academic or career interests require gaining scholarly expertise in both.

Doctor of Medicine/Master of Arts in Bioethics
Dual Degree Program

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
School of Medicine

The MD/MA in Bioethics, in conjunction with the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, prepares students to engage bioethical issues in clinical practice and research and can be completed in as little as 5 years.

Goal and Rationale

The Wake Forest University School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences jointly offer a five-year degree program, Doctor of Medicine and Master of Arts in Bioethics (MD/MA). The program’s objective is to facilitate an interdisciplinary and comparative study of bioethics and medicine, and to encourage students whose academic or career interests require gaining competence in both disciplines. Students are able to earn two advanced degrees in less time than it would take to earn the two degrees separately.

A dual degree program in bioethics and medicine signals the commitment of both the School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to interdisciplinary collaboration and learning. By dividing their time between the Medical School and the Bioethics Program, students will benefit not only from an array of course offerings from both curricula, but also from the social and general intellectual life of both academic programs.

Structure

The dual degree program will save students a semester or a summer of enrollment because students will complete a research thesis relating to bioethics coursework (which counts as 6 hours of bioethics credit toward the MA degree) during the third and fourth years of medical school. Students accepted to the program will spend four full years in medical school and two full semesters in the Bioethics Program. The bioethics semesters come after the second year of medical school. Students will complete two semesters in the Bioethics Program from August-May, and then return to the School of Medicine to finish their third and fourth years.

Application Process

Admission to the dual MD/MA program is a two-tiered process. Students interested in the program must first apply separately to the School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and be accepted for admission by both schools. Application to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences should be made during a student’s first year in the School of Medicine. In order to be considered eligible for admission, the MD/MA candidate must take the medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test is optional and will be waived on request. Final decision about admission to the program will be made by a joint committee of the MD/MA program. Students should consult the prospectuses of both schools for  information about tuition and financial assistance.

Minimum Grade Requirements

To continue in the program, students must remain in good academic standing under the minimum standards of each unit.

Curriculum/List of Courses

The Medical School Curriculum is available on the school’s webite.

See our Master of Arts in Bioethics page for courses in the Bioethics Program. Course information is also available, see below.

Faculty Representatives

Bioethics Graduate Program Co-Directors:
Mark Hall, J.D., Nancy M. P. King, J.D.

School of Medicine:
Randall Clinch, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

Administrative Representatives:
Vicky L. Zickmund, Bioethics Graduate Program
Susan Piece, Medical School

Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Bioethics
Dual Degree Program

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
School of Divinity

The MDiv/MA in Bioethics, co-sponsored with the Wake Forest University School of Divinity, enriches the backgrounds of students who want to pursue careers related to bioethics or ministry.

Goal and Rationale

The Wake Forest University School of Divinity and the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences jointly offer a dual, three-and-a-half-year degree program, Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Bioethics (MDiv/MA). The program’s objective is to facilitate an interdisciplinary conversation between theology and bioethics and to provide resources for students whose vocational aims require knowledge and/or competence in both disciplines. By allowing some divinity courses to count as electives toward the MA degree, as well as allowing some graduate bioethics courses to count among the elective credits permitted within the MDiv curriculum, students are able to earn two advanced degrees in less time than it would take to earn the two degrees separately.

The rationale for the program is based on the premise that the goals of the University, as well as the academic and vocational goals of both fields of study, are enhanced by cross-disciplinary studies. A dual degree program in bioethics and divinity signals the commitment of both the School of Divinity and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to interdisciplinary collaboration and learning.

Structure

The dual degree program will save students up to a semester plus a summer of enrollment. A student typically will first complete 2 ½ years of work primarily in the Divinity School. The final two semesters will be completed in the Bioethics Program but with some electives taken in the Divinity School. A student will earn 72 credit hours from the MDiv program, 26 credit hours from the Bioethics Graduate Program (including a 6-credit thesis requirement), and 4 elective credit hours from either program.

Application Process

Admission to the MDiv/MA program is a two-tiered process. Students interested in the program must apply separately to the School of Divinity and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and be accepted for admission by both schools. These applications do not need to be simultaneous, but students should indicate on each application their desire to be considered for the joint degree program. Alternatively, students may submit a separate application to enroll in the dual degree program if already admitted to either School. Applications will be reviewed separately by each program’s admissions committee.

Typically, students apply to the dual degree program by the time they complete one semester in either school. The Graduate Record Exam is typically required for application to the Bioethics Graduate Program, but can be waived under certain circumstances.

The School of Divinity recommends, but does not require, GRE scores. Final decision about admission to the program will be made by a joint committee of the MDiv/MA program.

During five semesters of the program, students pay full-time Divinity tuition and are eligible for Divinity financial aid. For at least two additional semesters, students are enrolled in the Bioethics Graduate Program through the Graduate School and pay Graduate School tuition. Divinity School financial aid is not available to students during these two semesters. A limited amount of aid may be available through the Bioethics Graduate Program. Students should consult the prospectuses of both schools for information about tuition and financial assistance.

Governance

The student in the MDiv/MA program divides her or his time between the School of Divinity and the Bioethics Graduate Program and benefits not only from an array of course offerings from both curricula, but also from the social and general intellectual life of both academic programs. Every student in the dual program will be assigned a faculty advisor from each school with whom they are expected to meet regularly throughout the duration of the program. Students are required to follow the student handbook of the school through which he/she is enrolled.

Curriculum/List of Courses

See the School of Divinity for School of Divinity courses, plan of study and requirements.

See Bioethics Graduate Program course offerings here.

Faculty Representatives

Wake Forest University School of Divinity
Jill Crainshaw, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Ministry Studies
crainsjy@wfu.edu (336) 758-5121

Bioethics Graduate Program
Mark A. Hall, JD, Co-Director, Bioethics Graduate Program; Fred D. and Elizabeth L. Turnage Professor of Law, Wake Forest University
hallma@wfu.edu (336) 758-4476

Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Bioethics
Dual Degree Program

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
School of Law

The JD/MA in Bioethics, in partnership with the Wake Forest University School of Law, is excellent preparation for work in health law and policy and can be completed in as little as 3.5 years.

Goal and Rationale

The Wake Forest University School of Law and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences jointly offer a dual, three-and-a-half-year degree program, Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in Bioethics (JD/MA). The program’s objective is to facilitate an interdisciplinary and comparative study of law and bioethics and to encourage students whose academic or career interests require gaining competence in both disciplines. By allowing some law courses to count as electives toward the MA degree, as well as by allowing some graduate bioethics courses to count among the elective credits permitted within the JD curriculum, students are able to earn two advanced degrees in less time than it would take to earn the two degrees separately.

The rationale for the program is based on the premise that bioethics is becoming increasingly relevant to several areas of practice within the legal profession. These contemporary dynamics similarly make it necessary for scholars and practitioners of bioethics to appreciate how law operates to express and to change biomedical values. A dual degree program in bioethics and law signals the commitment of both the School of Law and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to interdisciplinary collaboration and learning.

Structure

The dual degree program saves students up to a semester plus a summer of enrollment. It is anticipated that students accepted to the program will spend their first year full-time in the law school, and one extra semester full-time in the Bioethics program. They complete 12 additional bioethics hours during their 2nd and 3rd years of law school. The full bioethics semester typically comes after the third year of law school.  Students will pay tuition and register with the law school for six semesters and with the bioethics graduate program for one semester.

Application Process

Admission to the JD/MA program is a two-tiered process. Students interested in the program must first apply separately to the School of Law and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and be accepted for admission by both schools. These applications do not need to be simultaneous, but they should indicate their intent to be considered for the dual degree program on their respective applications to the Law School and the Graduate School.

Alternatively, persons may submit a separate application to enroll in the dual degree program if already admitted to either School. In order to be considered eligible for admission, the JD/MA candidate must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test is optional, however, and will be waived on request. Final decision about admission to the program will be made by a joint committee of the JD/MA program. Students should consult the prospectuses of both schools for information about tuition and financial assistance.

Governance

The student in the MA/JD divides his/her time between the Law School and the Bioethics Program and benefits not only from an array of course offerings from both curricula, but also from the social and general intellectual life of both academic programs. Every student in the joint program will be assigned a faculty advisor from each school with whom they are expected to meet regularly throughout the duration of the program. The student must receive the advisors’ approval for course selection each semester.

If a student has not enrolled in the joint degree program from the beginning of the 3.5 year period, he/she will be assigned faculty advisors as soon as application has been made and accepted to the joint program.

Curriculum/List of Courses

See the Wake Forest Law website for more information and courses.

See Bioethics Graduate Program course offerings here.

Faculty Representatives

Bioethics Graduate Program
Mark A. Hall, JD, Co-Director, Bioethics Graduate Program; Fred D. and Elizabeth L. Turnage Professor of Law, Wake Forest University
hallma@wfu.edu (336) 758-4476

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
& Master of Arts in Bioethics
Five Year Degree Program

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Wake Forest College

The BA/BS & MA in Bioethics five year degree program facilitates the interdisciplinary study of bioethics and related fields and can be completed in 5 years. A master’s degree in bioethics can help advance professional and academic interests in medicine, law, religion, public policy, life sciences, biomedical research, health administration, public health and many others.

Goal and Rationale

The goal of the bioethics five year degree program (BA/BS & MA) is to facilitate the interdisciplinary study of bioethics and related fields. A master’s degree in bioethics can help to advance professional and academic interests in medicine, law, religion, public policy, life sciences, biomedical research, health administration, public health and many others.

Students in this five year degree program benefit not only from an array of course offerings, but also from the social and intellectual life of the graduate program in Bioethics.

Structure

If accepted into the program, students will spend their first 4 years full-time in the Wake Forest College, followed by a year or more in the bioethics program. (That year typically will consist of two semesters plus a summer for students who complete at least 6 hours of transferrable graduate work during their undergraduate senior year). Because students must complete all of the requirements for the undergraduate degree independently of their Bioethics graduate coursework, students will receive their BA/BS degree at the end of 4 years in the College (or when they complete their BA/BS graduation requirements). The MA will be awarded separately after completion of the MA requirements.

The five year program will save students a semester of enrollment in the Master’s Program, if they are able to complete at least 6 bioethics graduate credit hours during their undergraduate senior year. The graduate level courses are in addition to the credit hours required for the BA/BS and will not count toward the BA/BS credit hours.

Application Process

Typically, students interested in the BA/BS & MA in Bioethics must apply no later than the spring semester of their junior year. Students should alert the Associate Director of the Bioethics Graduate Program of their intent to apply and follow the usual procedures for making an application for admission to a graduate program at the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. In order to be considered eligible for admission, the candidate must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Candidates may request, however, to submit verifiable test scores from another graduate or professional entrance examination in a relevant field (e.g. LSAT, MCAT, etc.). Only students in good academic standing according to the standards of Wake Forest College should apply.

For further information please contact: Vicky Zickmund, MBA, MHS, Associate Director, Bioethics Graduate Program, at zickmuvl@wfu.edu or 336-716 1499.

Requirements

Wake Forest Students who are in a position to complete the 120 credit hours required for the undergraduate degree in fewer than the typical 4 years and are accepted into the dual degree program may take up to 9 credit hours of graduate level bioethics courses while they are enrolled in the College. The Graduate School will accept those credit hours toward the Master of Arts in Bioethics degree if they are above and beyond the minimum 120 hours required to receive a BA/BS.

The five year degree program permits Wake Forest students to complete both their bachelors and masters degrees in as little as 5 years (10 semesters + 1 summer). Admitted students may begin graduate bioethics coursework while enrolled through the College, which enables them to earn two degrees in less time and at lower cost than it would take to earn the two degrees separately.

While enrolled through Wake Forest College (typically during the Senior year), admitted five year degree students may enroll in any of the following 700-level bioethics graduate courses:

BIE 703: Bioethics Theory (3)
BIE 702: Biomedical Research Ethics (3)
BIE 704: Public Policy, Medicine, and Justice (3)
BIE 705: Clinical Ethics (3)
BIE 706/707: Bioethics Seminar (3)
Graduate Bioethics Elective Courses

Program Directors

Ana S. Iltis, PhD
Professor
Department of Philosophy,
Wake Forest University
Director, Center for Bioethics, Health & Society
Wake Forest University
iltisas@wfu.edu

Nancy M.P. King, JD
Professor
Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Co-Director, Bioethics Graduate Program;
Co-Director, Center for Bioethics, Health & Society
Wake Forest University
kingnm@wfu.edu

Bioethics Graduate Program

zickmuvl@wfu.edu

 (336) 716-1499

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Wake Forest University
PHS-525@Vine Building
3rd Floor, Suite 310
Medical Center Blvd.
Winston-Salem, NC 27157

Center for Bioethics, Health & Society

bioethics@wfu.edu

(336) 758-4256

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Wake Forest University
B313 Tribble Hall
P.O. Box 7332
Winston-Salem, NC 27109

Bioethics, Humanities & Medicine Minor

bioethics@wfu.edu

(336) 758-4256

Wake Forest University
B313 Tribble Hall
P.O. Box 7332
Winston-Salem, NC 27109