BA/MA in Bioethics

Deerfield, IL

Why study the BA/MA in Bioethics at Trinity?

Trinity Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Bioethics program is ideal if you desire to enter the workplace prepared to thoughtfully engage with the contemporary issues of our culture in more depth. If you plan on becoming a healthcare professional, lawyer, scientist, educator, minister, nonprofit leader, or you aspire to address bioethics issues in your future career, you will find that this program is exactly what you need. As part of the program, you will have various opportunities for internships and networking. Opportunities are also available through our world-class Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity on the Deerfield campus.


Trinity is located in a peaceful wooded setting, just 25 miles north of downtown Chicago. This prime location offers some of the nation’s best school districts, a variety of ministry organizations, and 12 Fortune 500 companies within 12 miles of campus to apply practically what you are learning in the classroom. In addition, Trinity is close to many coffee shops, restaurants, cultural experiences, and recreational activities when you need a break from the books!

How long will it take me to earn my Degree?

You’ll earn your bachelor and master in as little as 4 total years (including the summer after completion of your undergraduate degree). The Dual Degree can be entered as early as the summer before the junior year, with completion of the master’s degree possible in the summer following the senior year of college, in time to enter professional and graduate schools along with your peers.

Did you know?

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity, located on campus, and opportunities with Ethics & Medicine: An International Journal of Bioethics, published by the Bioethics Department, make it possible for you to regularly engage with contemporary bioethical issues!


Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Trinity International University offers a dual bachelor of arts/master of arts degree that pairs an MA in Bioethics with an undergraduate degree in any major. This opportunity is open to qualified students in any undergraduate major as long as they have completed 70 hours of undergraduate coursework. For the master’s portion of the degree, you will take courses like integrative thought in bioethics, cultural engagement in bioethics, bioethics and public policy, as well as participating in special projects and conferences through The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity at Trinity.


At Trinity, you’ll be equipped to think critically and biblically in every area of life as you are challenged to apply your faith to your coursework and classroom conversations. And instead of approaching general education as a checklist of courses to be completed, Trinity’s distinctive educational approach gives you the freedom to choose courses that are most interesting and relevant to you. Working closely with your faculty advisor, you can select from electives to enhance your major, apply toward a minor, create a double major, or simply experience something new. The choices are yours! All along the way, you’ll be cared for and supported, ensuring that you make the most of your college experience.


As a part of the program, you will have the opportunity to engage in lively discussions and educational events through The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity, a Christian bioethics research center located on campus that explores the nexus of biomedicine, biotechnology, and our common humanity. CBHD fosters a distinctly Christian conception of bioethics that is both academically rigorous and broadly accessible. Internships are also available through the center.

BA/MA in Bioethics

Course Title Credits
BI 105 Understanding the Old Testament –or–
BI 115 Understanding the New Testament 3 hours
BI 211 Ethics and the Bible 3 hours
PH 180 Introduction to Philosophy 3 hours
BIO 111 General Biology –or–
BIO 103 Introductory Biology 3 hours

Other general education courses and required major courses

Undergraduate general education requirements that will be fulfilled by graduate-level courses and need not be duplicated with undergraduate work:

ID 5000 Biblical Theology and Interpretation replaces either BI 105 or BI 115

BE 5002 Foundations of Cultural Engagement replaces one course in the Diversity, Traditions, and Cultures subcategory

BE 5000 or BE 5100 replaces BE 474X in the World of contemporary Social and Political Life subcategory under Chapter 2: Exploring.

Service Learning Requirement:

Students can fulfill Trinity College’s Service Learning Requirement by working with The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity on the summer National Bioethics Conference, with optional free attendance at the conferences in the summers following the freshman and sophomore years.

Upon completion of 70 hours with a 3.0 GPA, students must submit an application and letter of recommendation to Trinity Graduate School Admissions to be accepted to the Dual Degree Program.

Students may take additional bioethics courses (listed below) during their junior year if undergraduate course schedule permits.

Course Title Credits
ID 5000 Biblical Theology and Interpretation 3 hours
BE  5002 Foundations of Cultural Engagement 3 hours
BE 5000 Introduction to Bioethics -OR-
BE 5100 Intensive Bioethics Institute* 3 hours
BE 5900 Bioethics National Conference* 3 hours
BE 6100 Bioethics Colloquium 1-2 hours
*These two courses are only offered during the summer.
Complete course requirements for general education and major. A full academic course load must include at least 12 hours of graduate and undergraduate courses per semester.
Fall Semester:
Course Title Credits
BE 5200 Research Ethics 2 hours
BE 5499 The Public Policy Context 1 hours
BE 5500 Bioethics and Public Policy 2 hours
BE 6400 Readings in Bioethics 1-2 hours
Spring Semester:
Course Title Credits
BE 5299 The Clinical Context 1 hour
BE 5300 Clinical Issues in Bioethics 2 hours
BE 6200 Ethical Theory 3 hour
BE 7600 Theological Bioethics and Contemporary Alternatives 3 hours
—Undergraduate Bachelor’s of Arts Degree Completed—
Course Title Credits
BE 6500 Advanced Bioethics Institute 4 hours
BE 5900 Bioethics National Conference 3 hours
Bioethics Capstone:
Course Title Credits
BE 7476 Bioethics Comprehensive Examination –or–
BE 7478 Bioethics Capstone Projects –or–
BE 7480 Bioethics Capstone Integrative Paper –or–
BE 7485 Thesis† 1-4 hours
†BE 7485 requires ID 6910, a research methods course, as a prerequisite.
—Master of Arts Degree Completed— (36 total graduate credits)


Whether you are preparing for a career in healthcare, science, law, church ministry, education, or advocacy, the MA in Bioethics will provide the bioethical understanding and Christian foundation you need to approach your work with skill and spiritual sensitivity. You will have the opportunity to network with other professionals in class and during our annual bioethics conference, where you can explore the variety of disciplines that intersect with bioethics.


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