Graduate Certificates

Traditional and online options are available.

Graduate Certificates

Traditional and online options are available.

About Graduate Certificates

Certificate Program provides an opportunity at the graduate level for current and future professionals and others throughout the country interested in bioethics, including those in medicine, biotechnology, public health, life sciences, the legal field, and religion.

Students pursuing the Graduate Certificate attend courses selected from the Master of Arts program, taking only 12 credits with no thesis requirement. This program is designed to increase the flexibility and attractiveness of graduate study in bioethics for working professionals and others who want to add some basic bioethics knowledge to their professional practice.

Certificate Admission Options

  • Certificate applicants may start in Fall or Spring
  • Part-time and full-time options

Certificate Admission Requirements

  • Graduate School Application (more information here), click on “Reynolda Campus application”
  • Official transcripts (more information here)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume
  • Statement of Interest: The statement should describe how a Graduate Certificate will relate to current and/or future work and interests (more information here)
  • Application fee (more information here)
  • No standardized test requirement (GRE, etc.)

Certificate Completion Requirements (12 Credits)

  • Complete twelve credits with a final GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Nine of the twelve credits must come from core courses:
    • Bioethics Theory
    • Learning and Doing Bioethics: Methods, Professionalism, and Communication
    • Clinical Ethics
    • Biomedical Research Ethics
    • Public Policy, Medicine and Justice
  • The remaining three credits may come from core courses, electives, and/or independent study
    • Independent study may include reading, research, and writing-focused work or “practicum”-style supervised experiences with structured reflection
    • Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics students must take Clinical Ethics course
    • Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Research Ethics students must take Biomedical Research Ethics course
  • Up to three hours of transfer credit may be considered in place of elective course work (upon approval)

Graduate Certificate Options

  • Graduate Certificate in Bioethics

    Customizable to a student’s particular interests, this program provides basic general knowledge and skills in bioethics.

  • Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Research Ethics

    Designed for future and current professionals engaged in the design, conduct, funding, and oversight of clinical, translational, and laboratory research. In addition to the required coursework, students may be able to enroll in courses designed to provide supervised observation and experiential opportunities.

  • Graduate Certificate in Clinical Bioethics

    Clinical practitioners encounter ethical concerns daily, including issues at the beginning and end of life; privacy and confidentiality; decision making by patients, families, and surrogates; and many more. The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Bioethics focuses on clinical ethics issues while leaving space for students to explore their own areas of interest. Students may have the opportunity to garner direct observational experiences in clinical ethics settings.

Time to Completion

Students are able to complete the certificate program in:

  • As little as two semesters on a part-time basis (i.e. six credits per semester)
  • One semester on a full-time basis
  • All work must be completed within four years of the date of initial enrollment in the program

Tuition & Financial Support

  • Graduate Certificate students are eligible for institutional financial support
    • Federal financial aid is not available to Graduate Certificate students
    • Contact for more information on aid requirements

Bioethics Graduate Program

 (336) 716-1499


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

Center for Bioethics, Health & Society

(336) 758-4256


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

Bioethics, Humanities & Medicine Minor

(336) 758-4256

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