Master of Arts in Bioethics

The Master of Arts in Bioethics is the core of bioethics graduate study at Wake Forest.

Master of Arts in Bioethics

The Master of Arts in Bioethics is the core of bioethics graduate study at Wake Forest.

Credit Hours

The Master of Arts requires 30 credit hours (24 hours of course work, 6 hours of thesis work). Nine credit hours per semester constitutes full-time status. Most bioethics courses are offered in the late afternoon or early evening to accommodate working professionals.

The Master of Arts in Bioethics Program welcomes both full-time and part-time students. Full-time students typically complete their course work in two semesters and their thesis at the end of the next semester (three semesters total). Prior to their first semester, full-time students can request permission to follow an accelerated schedule that allows for completion in twelve months. Part-time students have up to six years to complete their degree.

Degree Requirements

12 Credit Hours of Core Courses

  • BIE 703: Bioethics Theory (3)
  • BIE 706/707: Bioethics Seminar (3)

Two of the following three courses:

  • BIE 702: Biomedical Research Ethics (3)
  • BIE 704: Public Policy, Medicine & Justice (3)
  • BIE 705: Clinical Ethics (3)

12 Credit Hours of Elective Courses

Completed in any combination of the options below:

  • Bioethics Elective Courses
  • BIE 702, 704, or 705, if not taken to fulfill a core requirement
  • Up to 6 hours of approved graduate courses in other programs/school, independent study, or any combination of the two

6 Credit Hours of Thesis Work

The thesis is the culminating product of a course of study designed to develop the student’s capacity for critical thinking about bioethics issues. The forms that master’s theses in bioethics may take demonstrate a great deal of variety, to fit each student’s educational interests and professional goals. Theses may be conceptual or empirical, may focus on preparation of bioethics manuscripts suitable for publication in journals in the student’s primary field, or may consist of an analytical report arising from a practicum experience. Students have also developed and tested educational programs, course syllabi, and creative works and games designed to spur reflection and discussion about bioethics questions.

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P.O. Box 7332
Winston-Salem, NC 27109