30 credit hours | 1-4 years
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The MA in Bioethics is designed for recent college graduates and working professionals who desire a foundation in bioethics for their studies, jobs, and public engagement. Health care workers, scientists, lawyers, clergy, and many others, including those working in nonprofit organizations, will benefit from this flexible 30-credit-hour program.
The MA/BE is perfect for those with heavy professional responsibilities. Individuals preparing for academic careers will develop a strong background in bioethics for active, relevant participation in related college or university fields. The program can be completed without relocating for further schooling, making it an excellent choice for students who are committed to ministry and professional life in a different location.
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.
Students in the program will have resources available to them such as:
Many of our students live around the world and are committed to jobs or family situations there that make relocating impossible. With them in mind, the program is available in three formats: residential, modular, and online. For information on the residential option, visit our degree page at Trinity Graduate School.
The modular option allows students to take all of their modular courses in person by traveling to campus just for the days when their classes meet. Modular classes typically meet for 2-3 days once or twice during each session (Fall, Spring, or Summer). Two required courses are taken on campus in conjunction with the mid-summer CBHD conference, one during each of two summers. Students may replace as many non-summer modular courses as they wish with online versions of those courses.
The online option involves taking up to five of the seven required courses in an online format. Furthermore, no additional trips to campus are necessary for the elective courses. Elective courses can be taken online, or by mentored independent study, or in conjunction with the mid summer CBHD conference—though residential and modular elective courses are also available. Online students may miss opportunities to interact with classmates and professors outside the classroom and other bioethics-related opportunities on campus, but they are able to pursue the program with very few trips to campus.
Coursework in the Bioethics program typically addresses such fields as medicine, nursing, law, public policy, international human rights, theology, philosophy, economics, education, and media. Classes will focus on integrative thought, combining cutting edge research with deep spiritual insight, and students have the flexibility to emphasize any of the above fields. Trinity can offer guided research courses and capstones in any of these areas to supplement other required and elective courses.
|Choose one of the following two (BE 5000 or BE 5100)|
|BE 5000||Introduction to Bioethics:
Matters of Life and Death
|BE 5100||Intensive Bioethics Institute||3 hours|
|BE 5001||Foundations of Integrative Thought
|BE 5002||Foundations of Cultural Engagement
|BE 5200||Research Ethics||2 hours|
|PR 7220||Ethical Theory||3 hours|
|BE 5300||Clinical Issues in Bioethics*||2 hours|
|BE 5500||Bioethics and Public Policy*||2 hours|
|BE 6500||Advanced Bioethics Institute||3-4 hours‡|
|*Students relatively unfamiliar with clinical-medical and/or public policy settings should take the background courses BE 5299 and/or BE 5499. These courses can count for elective credit.
‡3 hours fulfills requirement; 4th hour elective
Students choose 5–9 hours from any of the courses listed below, depending on how many hours they earn for their capstone. (However, see note at the end of “Required Courses” section above.) Students should consult with an academic advisor in planning their individual programs of study.
|BE 5299||The Clinical Context||1 hour|
|BE 5400||Nursing Ethics||2 hours|
|BE 5499||The Public Policy Context||1 hour|
|BE 5600||Law and Bioethics||2 hours|
|BE 5700||The Right to Life and the Law||2 hours|
|BE 5800||Bioethics Regional Conference Course||2-3 hours|
|BE 5900||Bioethics National Conference||2-3 hours|
|BE 6100||Bioethics Colloquium||1-2 hours|
|BE 6300||Bioethics, Human Dignity, and the Church||3 hours|
|BE 6400||Readings in Bioethics||3 hours|
|BE 6500||Advanced Bioethics Institute||3-4hours‡|
|BE 6600||Classic Cases in Bioethics||3 hours|
|BE 6700||Personhood in Theological and Philosophical Perspective||3 hours|
|BE 6800||Global Health and Justice||2-3 hours|
|BE 7300||Advanced Clinical Ethics||1-3 hours|
|1-3BE 7501||Guided Research in Bioethics||1-3 hours|
|BE 7700||Bioethics Seminar||1-4 hours|
|‡3 hours fulfills requirement; 4th hour elective
|BE 7476||Bioethics Capstone Comprehensive Examination||0 hours|
|BE 7478||Bioethics Capstone Project||0-3 hours|
|BE 7480||Bioethics Capstone Integrative Paper||0-3 hours|
|BE 7485||Bioethics Thesis†||0-4 hours|
|†ID 6910||Research Methods (required with Thesis)||1 hour|
Students studying Bioethics should be well prepared for integrative work in their field. To this end, the capstone event can take different forms, depending on a student’s interests. Under the supervision of a faculty member, students may write a formal master’s-level thesis, take a comprehensive essay exam, write an integrative paper, or develop a special project such as a bioethics curriculum, sermon/talk series or written reflection on an internship experience.
If you are interested in obtaining a dual degree (Bachelor of Arts / Master of Arts) in Bioethics, see the program requirements. (Link to: BA/MA in Bioethics page) Students may also combine the Master of Arts in Bioethics with a Master of Divinity or another Master’s degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS), though residential courses are required to pursue a second degree. Contact Graduate Admissions for more information about this combination of programs.
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