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BA/MA in Bioethics

Be ready to make a difference. If you want to have the credentials and the credibility to influence the crucial ethical decisions facing our contemporary culture, here is your chance.
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The Dual Degree in Bioethics will allow you to engage thoughtfully, compassionately and biblically with bioethical issues like medical ethics, embryonic stem cell research, physician-assisted suicide, and abortion. Our students who have completed the MA in Bioethics attest to the competitive advantage this credential affords them as they apply for jobs or pursue admission to medical schools, graduate schools, and other professional schools.

Why study the BA/MA in Bioethics at Trinity?
Trinity’s Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Bioethics program is ideal if you are entering the workplace and desire 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 and Human Dignity on the Deerfield campus.

Did you know?
The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, located on campus, makes it possible for you to regularly engage with contemporary bioethical issues!

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BA/MA in Bioethics

FRESHMAN, SOPHOMORE & JR. YEAR UNDERGRAD COURSES 
Course Title Credits
BI 101 Understanding the Old Testament –or–
BI 111 Understanding the New Testament 3 hours
BI 210 Biblical Interpretation 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 5001 Foundations of Integrative Thought replaces either BI 101 or BI 111

ID 5002 Foundations of Cultural Engagement replaces one course in the Religious and Ethnic Diversity subcategory

Any Approved Undergraduate major, general education, or elective course: (3 hours) of graduate credit can replace 3 hours of undergraduate credit.

Service Learning Requirement:

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

JUNIOR YEAR
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.
SUMMER BEFORE SENIOR YEAR
GRADUATE COURSE WORK
Course Title Credits
ID 5001 Foundations of Integrative Thought* 3 hours
ID 5002 Foundations of Cultural Engagement* 3 hours
BE 5100 Intensive Bioethics Institute 4 hours
BE 5900 Bioethics National Conference 3 hours
*These two courses begin in the summer and are completed in the fall session.
SENIOR YEAR
GRADUATE COURSE WORK
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:
Complete or take ID 5001 and IDS 5002 (6 hours)
Course Title Credits
PR 7220 Ethical Theory 3 hours
Spring Semester:
Course Title Credits
BE 5499 The Public Policy Context (optional) 1 hour
BE 5500 Bioethics and Public Policy 2 hours
BE 5299 The Clinical Context 1 hour
BE 5300 Clinical Issues in Bioethics 2 hours
—Undergraduate Bachelor of Arts Degree Completed—
SUMMER FOLLOWING SENIOR YEAR
GRADUATE COURSE WORK
Course Title Credits
BE 6500 Advanced Bioethics Institute 4 hours
BE 5900 Bioethics National Conference 3 hours
BE 7700 Bioethics Seminar 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† 0-4 hours
†BE 7485 requires ID 6910, a research methods course, as a prerequisite.
—Master of Arts Degree Completed—
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BA/MA in Leadership

BE A KINGDOM LEADER. The Master of Arts in Leadership develops and equips emerging and current leaders who can ethically respond to the demands of a globalized, knowledge-based society. The degree prepares graduates to creatively and knowledgeably lead others in a Christ-honoring way.
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WHY STUDY A BA/MA IN LEADERSHIP?
No matter what level people work at within an organization, their jobs require proficiency at “soft skills,” such as working with people and being self directed. Employers expect universities to prepare graduates with these skills, and the BA/MA in Leadership helps students meet this expectation. The skills emphasized in Leadership studies—critical thinking, problem solving, and communication—equip TIU students to make a redemptive difference in today’s world. This program is open to a wide range of business professionals, pastors, and nonprofit leaders seeking professional and personal skill development. This program is perfect for both seasoned and emerging leaders with a desire to learn biblical approaches to leadership.

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BA/MA in Leadership Courses

Other general education courses and required major courses.

FRESHMAN, SOPHOMORE & JUNIOR YEARS:
Course Title Credits
Undergraduate Course Work:
BI 101 Understanding the Old Testament –or–
BI 111 Understanding the New Testament 3 hours
BI 210 Biblical Interpretation 3 hours
PH 180 Introduction to Philosophy 3 hours
Undergraduate general education requirements that will be fulfilled by graduate-level courses and need not be duplicated with undergraduate work:
ID 5001 Foundations of Integrative Thought replaces either BI 101 or BI 111
ID 5002 Foundations of Cultural Engagement replaces one course in the Religious and Ethnic Diversity subcategory
One LR course (3 hours) replaces 3 hours of undergraduate elective credit.
JUNIOR YEAR:
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 into the Dual Degree Program. Student takes ID 5001, ID 5002.
SUMMER BEFORE SENIOR YEAR:
Optional: Student takes modular courses in the May/July summer sessions.
SENIOR YEAR:
Student completes requirements for BA graduation. Student takes graduate courses, schedule permitting.
—Undergraduate Bachelor of Arts Degree Completed—
SUMMER FOLLOWING SENIOR YEAR:
Student takes modular courses in the May/July summer sessions.
Student takes any remaining course work in Fall. Student completes coursework for MA program.
Student completes requirements for MA graduation.
—Master of Arts Degree Completed—
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MA IN ATHLETIC TRAINING

Trinity Graduate School offers an MA in Athletic Training (MA/AT) degree. This degree program allows two routes of entry. The first option is the dual degree option that allows you to take graduate coursework toward the MA/AT while completing your BA in Exercise Science with Pre-Athletic Training Emphasis.
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If you’ve already earned a bachelor’s degree from another university, we encourage you to apply and, assuming adequate completion of admission requirements, earn the MA/AT program in two calendar years.

Why study the MA in Athletic Training?
The dual degree program is an accelerated program where an undergraduate student, during their junior year at Trinity, may apply to the MA/AT program at TGS. Trinity BA-Exercise Science with Pre-Athletic Training Emphasis students admitted to the MA/AT program will complete their BA degree upon completion of the first 21 credits of the MA/AT program (completion of the Summer and Fall Year 1 courses).

MA IN BIOETHICS

The MA in Bioethics (MA/BE) gives students the ethical tools they need to address pressing contemporary issues of medicine, health care, technology, and theology.
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This program equips students to analyze these issues from a biblical-theological perspective and to understand other influential contemporary outlooks on these issues in healthcare, biotechnology, family, and society.

Why study the MA in Bioethics?
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.

MA IN LEADERSHIP

The MA in Leadership (MA/L) equips students to lead adaptively to meet the challenges of the business, community, international, and nonprofit organizations.
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Why study the MA in Leadership at TGS?
The MA in Leadership program is intended for faith-minded individuals who want to enhance their leadership capabilities. Perhaps you are a middle manager who wants more education to increase your leadership knowledge as you increase your job responsibilities. Perhaps God is calling you to work with diverse groups of individuals to realize certain goals, but you need more tools to do this well. Or, maybe you’re enrolled in another graduate or divinity school program and want to add a second degree to hone your skills for success. The MA in Leadership program might just be the bridge you need to get to the next level.

MA IN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

The MA in Mental Health Counseling (MAMHC) at Trinity equips students to integrate professional counseling with a biblical worldview. It provides a strong background in counseling theory and practice while allowing students to tailor the program to their specific career interests.
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Why study the MA in Mental Health Counseling at TGS?
With two different concentrations in Mental Health Counseling and Guidance and Counseling, the program exposes students to all aspects of counseling, which can be applied in a wide range of fields. Students are challenged to critically reflect upon their personal growth and refine their counseling skills in order to provide the most ethical and professional care for clients.

The MAMHC is offered through Trinity Graduate School at the Florida Regional Center. Courses in the Master of Arts in Leadership (MA/L) are also offered at the Florida Regional Center and may supplement your degree program.

MA IN TEACHING

For more than ten years, Trinity has been helping working adults become licensed teachers in the state of Illinois. In our MA in Teaching (MA/T) degree, you will gain the experience you need to be an excellent teacher and a spiritually sensitive educator.
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This program seeks to develop highly qualified Christian teachers who view teaching as a mission; they nurture students, reflect critically on practice, and facilitate classroom experience to maximize the potential of all learners.

Why study the MA in Teaching at TGS?
If you want to make a difference in the lives of students, the MA in Teaching degree is just what you’re looking for. In only three semesters of course work and one semester of clinical practice, you will be able to earn your Illinois teaching license, specializing in elementary or secondary education. 

Trinity’s MA in Teaching program is specifically designed to serve the unique educational characteristics and scheduling needs of adult learners. Classes meet one evening a week, and small cohort groups provide mutual support throughout the program. The MA in Teaching program allows you to continue to work full-time until you begin clinical practice.

MASTER'S OF EDUCATION

The Master's of Education helps classroom teachers position themselves for professional advancement as an instructional expert who is ready to teach all learners well. The program includes coursework in differentiation, gifted, special education (LBS1), and English as a second language (ESL) and prepares educators to apply for up to two additional endorsements.
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Why study the Master’s of Education at TGS?
This degree is available exclusively online! Every course involves continual online interactions with highly qualified professors and with cohort members. Some online synchronous meetings will be required. For more information, visit Trinity Online.


“I haven’t had struggles that other classroom teachers have had with being able to differentiate appropriately. I have learners that are at a first- or second-grade level in a fourth-grade classroom, and I have students that are above a fourth-grade level. But because of this graduate program, I can differentiate in a way that other teachers haven’t even been exposed to yet.”

—Melissa Ramlow, MEd graduate


MULTIPLE MASTERS' PROGRAMS

Our Multiple Masters' programs are offered in partnership with Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. They allow graduate students to earn a second Master of Arts in minimal time, or to complete a Master of Divinity in addition to their current degree.
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Trinity Graduate School currently offers five (5) Multiple Masters’ programs. We offer:

MA in Bioethics/MA in Chaplaincy and Ministry Care

MA in Bioethics/Master of Divinity

MA in Bioethics/MA in Leadership

MA in Bioethics/MA in Ministry

MA in Bioethics/MA Theological Studies