The Master of Arts in Bioethics is a multidisciplinary program that facilitates learning and thinking from an interdisciplinary perspective. It fosters the critical analysis of bioethical topics through the interplay of moral theory and medical practice. An M.A. in Bioethics can prepare students for doctoral study at another institution, or complement other graduate work in fields such as Philosophy, Law, Medicine, Theology, and Spiritual Care.
Learning Outcomes of the M.A. Program in Bioethics
Graduates of the Bioethics Institute will be able to:
Understand the basic problems, methods, and approaches to the field of bioethics
Familiarize with the main ethical theories of bioethics and identify the philosophical components of the public discussion on bioethical issues
Engage in the critical analysis of bioethical questions and articulate their theoretical and practical dimension
Recognize and interpret the theological presuppositions of bioethical questions and appreciate the contribution of religious traditions to the field of bioethics
Appreciate the importance of ethical dialogue across different philosophical traditions
Become familiar with the clinical context of medicine and recognize the ethical challenges facing health care professionals and their patients today
Understand the legal and public policy implications of bioethics and become able to understand the interplay of morality and law both at a general level and in relation to specific bioethical issues.
The Master of Arts degree requires a total of thirty semester hours of graduate coursework, completed over a program of 10 three-semester-hour courses, including 7 core and 3 elective courses.