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Interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Bioethics (MA)

The Center for Bioethics and Health Law and the School of Arts and Sciences offer an Interdisciplinary Master of Arts (MA) in Bioethics. Designed for clinicians, lawyers, and students of the humanities and social sciences, the program emphasizes the philosophical foundation of bioethics. It affords students the opportunity to observe ethical issues as they arise in clinical practice and to pursue in-depth research. Course work allows students to combine study in ethical theory, philosophy, history of medicine, cultural and gender studies, health law, public health, and the social sciences. The program may be completed in one or two years, depending on the student’s prior experience and training.


The MA curriculum includes core courses, electives, clinical practica, and the MA thesis project. The degree is intended primarily to complement and enhance other graduate or professional education, although some students pursue the degree immediately upon graduation from college.


In addition to pursuing the prescribed course of study, students in the bioethics program participate in a variety of educational opportunities in bioethics, health policy, and the medical humanities at the University of Pittsburgh, such as:


Bioethics and Health Law Grand Rounds

Center for Bioethics and Health Law Colloquia

CF Reynolds Medical History Society Lecture Series


These forums feature visiting scholars as well as University of Pittsburgh faculty, and allow students to engage with members of a national and international community of bioethicists.


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Partial tuition scholarships are available to highly qualified applicants.


Specific inquiries, including requests for an informative brochure, may be directed to:


Director of Admissions, Master of Arts in Bioethics
Center for Bioethics and Health Law

Barco Law Building, Room 519

3900 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Phone: 412-648-7007