Graduate

Master of Arts in Bioethics

Program Overview

Program Goal: Our flexible 2-year, in-residence program provides students with the foundational knowledge, skills, and experience to enrich their careers and broaden their competency in bioethics.  The program offers training in research and clinical aspects of bioethics as well as empirical and normative methods of analysis.  Students have the opportunity to study with diverse and well-respected faculty from the University of Washington, the Treuman Katz Pediatric Bioethics Center, and the Seattle Veteran’s Health Administration.  The program helps prepare students to teach, publish, and conduct research that incorporates bioethical analysis.

More Information

Application Due Date: January 15th. Click here to begin the application process. Select Bioethics and Humanities Program. 

Qualified candidates include:

  • Practicing clinicians, biomedical scientists, health lawyers, post-doctoral fellows, physicians accepted into a University of Washington Clinical Fellowship Program or the Treuman Katz Pediatric Bioethics Fellowship Program, or
  • Students currently enrolled in professional degree programs at the University of Washington (i.e. Law, Nursing, Social Work or Medicine).

Opportunities for in-depth study on a topic of interest are available through elective courses, mentored research, and practicum experiences.  Candidates should possess strong writing, critical thinking and verbal communication skills. GRE scores are not required.

Completion of the MA in Bioethics requires a minimum of 40 credits:

  1. Ethical Theory (10 credits)
  2. Empirical Research Methods (6 credits)
  3. Clinical Ethics (6 credits)
  4. Research Ethics (3 credits)
  5. Approved Eective Courses (6 credits)
  6. Practicum (3 credits)
  7. Masters’ Project (6 credits) 

Students are encouraged to take additional electives based on interest and area of specialty, with guidance from their faculty mentor(s).

Additional requirements include leading 2 BRI discussion groups.

  • Tuition is set at Graduate Tier II level and more info can be found here.
  • Tuition exemption information can be found here.
  • The Graduate School website has great resource information for applying and funding/scholarship opportunities here.

If you are contemplating applying to our program, we encourage you to obtain Graduate Non-Matriculated status and register for a course. Please contact us for assitance. If you decide to apply, GNM credits may be transferred in for the degree. Courses taken without the GNM status are not eligible to be transferred in for the degree. If you dedide not to apply, we're confident that you'll find the courses beneficial and we welcome diversity to the discussions. Once the status of a GNM student is changed to regular graduate status, all courses (up to 12 credits) suitable for the program taken as a GNM student will be credited toward the degree.

To view detailed course listings, please visit the UW Time Schedule.

Graduate Courses

This course affords graduate students a professional development opportunity to build skills that lay the groundwork for becoming an expert...
This course examines problems in bioethics from diverse global standpoints, including East Asian, Sub-Saharan African and Western. Our...
This course is an examination of the ethical problem of allocating scarce medical resources. We will emphasize the fundamental principles of...
This course provides a survey of contemporary ethical issues that arise in the clinical and research environment when children are involved,...
This course examines the moral grounds for the view that social inequalities in health are unjust using contemporary literature from moral...
Examines and compares phenomenology, discourse analysis, and grounded theory. Reviews the history of ideas and critically reads examples of...
This course introduces students to select biotechnology innovations and invites consideration of the ethical and policy implications...
This course examines the relationship between bioethics and law. Reviews the basic concepts of both disciplines; their theoretical and...
This course studies the major normative ethical theories, including both teleological and deontological approaches. We emphasize moral...
This course entails a research project culminating in a scholarly paper suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. MA...
This course introduces students to research methods in bioethics, ranging from qualitative to quantitative: interviews, focus groups, surveys...
This course examines ethical issues confronting healthcare workers caring for poor and minority populations, whose capacity for health and...