MULTIPLE MASTERS’ PROGRAMS

 

MA in Bioethics /
MA in Chaplaincy and Ministry Care

About This Degree
Today’s world is full of challenges to human life and dignity, from beginning-of-life issues such as abortion, use of reproductive technologies, and prenatal genetic testing to end-of-life issues such as euthanasia, assisted suicide, and withholding/withdrawing life-sustaining health care. In between, questions regarding such matters as access to health care, genetic interventions, drug use, and sexuality loom large. People trained both in bioethics and in chaplaincy and ministry care are vitally needed to provide the counseling and support that so many desperately need.

Program Details

Basic Idea
Six hours automatically double-count in both degrees; and up to eight more hours can also double-count if the right courses are selected. In sum: only 16 hours beyond the 48-hour MA/CMC degree are required in order to earn the MA/Bioethics degree as well; however, students can choose to take anywhere from 64 to 78 hours to complete their two degree programs.

Program Structure
The MA/CMC degree involves 48 semester hours of study. However, board certification with the Association of Professional Chaplains requires 72 hours from a graduate theological institution. Adding 24 hours of bioethics study—or as few as 16 bioethics hours plus 8 hours of any other biblical-theological courses—fulfills that requirement. Meanwhile, there is a societal movement toward requiring a credential, such as a bioethics Master’s degree, for individuals involved in bioethical decision making in many arenas where chaplains, counselors, and other caregivers work. In light of Trinity’s global leadership role in bioethics, the ability of students to add the MA/BE degree/credential to their MA/CMC degree is an attractive option for Trinity students.

What will I study?
Only 16 hours of Master’s-level coursework in bioethics beyond the MA/CMC degree are required.

Students can participate in the May Commencement for both degrees at the end of their final academic year (assuming no more than 6 non-capstone hours remain to be completed in the summer that follows).

The capstone course in the MA/CMC degree program will fulfill the capstone requirement for the MA/BE degree as well, as long as bioethical issues play a significant role in it (as certified to the Records Office by the professor overseeing the course). The course will count as 2 elective hours in the MA/BE program.

Students do not need to take either BE 5001 or BE 5002 in their MA/BE program because that ground is covered by the required biblical and theological courses in the MA/CMC program.

Students can double-count up to 6 other hours of courses taken in the MA/BE program as elective hours in their MA/CMC program. If 6 such hours are not completed in the MA/CMC degree program, then the missing hours must be added to the 16 hours needed to complete the MA/BE degree.

 

Curriculum

The following courses must be taken either within the MA/CMC degree program or as part of the additional 16 hours for the MA/BE degree program:

Modular Curricular Plan—22 hours
Course Title Credits
Any fall or summer before the final year of MA/CMC studies:
BE 5000 Introduction to Bioethics: Matters of Life and Death 3 hours
or BE 5100 Intensive Bioethics Institute 3 hours
Any fall of MA/CMC studies after completing BE 5000 or BE 5100:
BE 5200 Research Ethics 2 hours
BE 5499 The Public Policy Context1 1 hour
BE 5500 Bioethics and Public Policy 2 hours
Any spring of MA/CMC studies after completing BE 5000 or BE 5100:
BE 5299 The Clinical Context1 1 hour
BE 5300 Clinical Issues in Bioethics 2 hours
BE 6100 Bioethics Colloquium 1 hour
PR 7220 Ethical Theory 3 hours
Any fall, spring, or summer of MA/CMC studies after completing
BE 5000 or BE 5100:
Any bioethics elective(s)
4 hours
Near the end of MA/BE studies:
BE 6500 Advanced Bioethics Institute 3 hours
Total Hours   22 hours
Required Courses—16 hours
Course Title Credits
BE 5000 Introduction to Bioethics:
Matters of Life and Death
3 hours
or BE 5100 Intensive Bioethics Institute 3 hours
BE 5200 Research Ethics 2 hours
BE 5300 Clinical Issues in Bioethics 2 hours
BE 5500 Bioethics and Public Policy 2 hour
BE 6100 Bioethics Colloquium 1 hours
BE 6500 Advanced Bioethics Institute 3 hours
PR 7220 Ethical Theory 3 hours
Total Hours 16 hours

 

MA in Bioethics / Master of Divinity

About This Degree
There is a rapidly growing need in the church for leadership to address bioethical challenges in the lives of individuals, families, communities, and the larger world. Such leaders ideally need more theological preparation than a bioethics degree alone can provide, and they need more training in bioethics than the MDiv degree can provide.

Program Details

Basic Idea
Nine credit hours automatically double-count in both degrees; and six more hours also double-count if the right courses are selected. In sum: only 15 hours beyond the MDiv degree are required in order to earn the MA-Bioethics degree as well. 

Program Structure
Students in the Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree program can add an MA in Bioethics (MA/BE) without substantially lengthening their stay at Trinity. Moreover, there is a societal movement toward requiring a credential, such as a bioethics Master’s degree, for individuals involved in bioethical decision making in health care (including chaplains and pastors), public policy, education, and other public arenas. In light of Trinity’s global leadership role in bioethics, the ability of students to add the MA/BE degree/credential to their MDiv is an attractive option for students.

What will I study?
Only 15 hours of Master’s-level coursework in bioethics beyond the MDiv (including AP MDiv) are required. Students can participate in the May Commencement for both degrees at the end of their final TEDS year (assuming no more than 6 BE hours remain to be completed in the summer that follows).

The capstone or internship course in the MDiv degree program will fulfill the capstone requirement for the MA/BE degree as well, as long as bioethical issues play a significant role in it (as certified to the Records Office by the professor overseeing the course).

MDiv students will not need to take BE 5001, BE 5002, and PR 7220 in their MA/BE program. However, students should take enough BE course hours as electives in their MDiv degree program that those hours plus the hours earned for their bioethics-related capstone or internship course total 6 hours. If 6 such hours are not completed in the MDiv degree program, then the missing hours must be added to the 15 hours needed to complete the MA/BE degree.

Curriculum

The following courses must be taken either within the MDiv degree program or as part of the additional 15 BE hours for the MA/BE degree program:

Model Curricular Plan—21 hours
Course Title Credits
Any fall or summer before the final year of MDiv studies:
BE 5000 Introduction to Bioethics:
Matters of Life and Death
3 hours
or BE 5100 Intensive Bioethics Institute 3 hours
Any fall of MDiv studies after completing BE 5000 or BE 5100:
BE 5200 Research Ethics 2 hours
BE 5499 The Public Policy Context1 1 hour
BE 5500 Bioethics and Public Policy 2 hours
Any spring of MDiv studies after completing BE 5000 or BE 5100:
BE 5299 The Clinical Context1 1 hour
BE 5300 Clinical Issues in Bioethics 2 hours
BE 6100 Bioethics Colloquium 1 hour
Near the end of MDiv Studies:
Bioethics-related capstone or internship course in the MDiv degree program—plus BE hours 6 hours
Near the end of BE studies:
BE 6500 Advanced Bioethics Institute 3 hours
Of the 21 total BE hours here, 6 also count
toward the MDiv degree
Total Hours 21 hours
Required Courses—16 hours
Course Title Credits
BE 5000 Introduction to Bioethics:
Matters of Life and Death
3 hours
or BE 5100 Intensive Bioethics Institute 3 hours
BE 5200 Research Ethics 2 hours
BE 5300 Clinical Issues in Bioethics 2 hours
BE 5500 Bioethics and Public Policy 2 hour
BE 6100 Bioethics Colloquium 1 hours
BE 6500 Advanced Bioethics Institute 3 hours
PR 7220 Ethical Theory 3 hours
Total Hours 16 hours

 

MA in Bioethics / MA in Leadership

About This Degree
There is a rapidly growing need in society for leadership to address bioethical challenges in the lives of individuals, families, communities, and the larger world. Such leaders ideally need more training in leadership (for example, non-profit, organizational, or international leadership) than a bioethics degree alone can provide, and they need more training in bioethics than a leadership degree can provide.

Program Details

Basic Idea
Six hours automatically double-count in both degrees; and up to nine more hours can also double-count if the right courses are selected. In sum: only 15 hours beyond the MA-Leadership degree are required in order to earn the MA-Bioethics degree as well.

Program Structure
Students in either the MA in Bioethics (MA/BE) or the MA in Leadership (MA/L) degree program can add the other degree without substantially lengthening their stay at Trinity. Moreover, there is a societal movement toward requiring a credential, such as a bioethics Master’s degree, for individuals involved in bioethical decision making in many arenas where people with leadership training work. In light of Trinity’s global leadership role in bioethics, the ability of students to add the MA/BE degree/credential to their MA/L degree is an attractive option for Trinity students.

What will I study?
Only 15 hours of Master’s-level coursework in bioethics beyond the MA/L degree are required.

Students can participate in the May Commencement for both degrees at the end of their final academic year (assuming no more than 6 non-capstone hours remain to be completed in the summer that follows).

Students complete a single 3-hour capstone course on a topic in the realm of “Leadership and Bioethics,” which counts as 3 hours in each of the two degree programs. If a bioethics professor oversees the course it should be registered as a bioethics capstone, and if a leadership professor oversees the course it should be registered as a leadership capstone.

Students can take the required foundations courses either as BE 5001 + BE 5002 or as LR 5001 + LR 5002. Either way they will count as 6 hours in each of the two degree programs. Students can double-count 6 other hours of courses taken in the MA/BE program as elective hours in their MA/L program. If 6 such hours are not completed in the MA/L degree program, then the missing hours must be added to the 15 hours needed to complete the MA/BE degree.

Curriculum

The following courses must be taken either within the MA/L degree program or as part of the additional 15 hours for the MA/BE degree program:

Model Curricular Plan—21 hours
Course Title Credits
Any fall or summer before the final year of MA/L studies:
BE 5000 Introduction to Bioethics:
Matters of Life and Death
3 hours
or BE 5100 Intensive Bioethics Institute 3 hours
Any fall of MA/L studies after completing BE 5000 or BE 5100:
BE 5200 Research Ethics 2 hours
BE 5499 The Public Policy Context1 1 hour
BE 5500 Bioethics and Public Policy 2 hours
Any spring of MA/L studies after completing BE 5000 or BE 5100:
BE 5299 The Clinical Context1 1 hour
BE 5300 Clinical Issues in Bioethics 2 hours
BE 6100 Bioethics Colloquium 1 hour
PR 7220 Ethical Theory 3 hours
Any fall, spring, or summer of MA/L studies after completing
BE 5000 or BE 5100:
Any bioethics elective(s) 3 hours
Near the end of MA/BE studies:
BE 6500 Advanced Bioethics Institute 3 hours
Total Hours 21 hours
Required Courses—16 hours
Course Title Credits
BE 5000 Introduction to Bioethics:
Matters of Life and Death
3 hours
or BE 5100 Intensive Bioethics Institute 3 hours
BE 5200 Research Ethics 2 hours
BE 5300 Clinical Issues in Bioethics 2 hours
BE 5500 Bioethics and Public Policy 2 hour
BE 6100 Bioethics Colloquium 1 hours
BE 6500 Advanced Bioethics Institute 3 hours
PR 7220 Ethical Theory 3 hours
Total Hours 16 hours

 

MA in Bioethics / MA in Ministry

About This Degree
There is a rapidly growing need in the church for leadership to address bioethical challenges in the lives of individuals, families, communities, and the larger world. Such leaders ideally need more theological preparation than a bioethics degree alone can provide, and they need more training in bioethics than the MA in Min degree can provide.

Program Details

Basic Idea
Six hours automatically double-count in both degrees; and nine more hours also double-count if the right courses are selected. In sum: only 15 hours beyond the TEDS MA in Ministry degree are required in order to earn the MA-Bioethics degree as well.

Program Structure
Students in the MA in Ministry (MA in Min) degree program can add an MA in Bioethics (MA/BE) degree without substantially lengthening their stay at Trinity. Moreover, there is a societal movement toward requiring a credential, such as a bioethics Master’s degree, for individuals involved in bioethical decision making in health care (including chaplains and pastors), public policy, education, and other public arenas. In light of Trinity’s global leadership role in bioethics, the ability of students to add the MA/BE degree/credential to their MA in Min degree is an attractive option for Trinity students.

What will I study?
Only 15 hours of master’s-level coursework in bioethics beyond the MA in Min are required.

Students can participate in the May Commencement for both degrees at the end of their final TEDS year (assuming no more than 6 BE hours remain to be completed in the summer that follows).

The capstone course in the MA in Min degree program will fulfill the capstone requirement for the MA/BE degree as well, as long as bioethical issues play a significant role in it (as certified to the Records Office by the professor overseeing the course).

MA in Min students will not need to take BE 5001 and BE 5002 in their MA/BE program; and they should take PR 7220 as part of their Theological Studies requirement for the MA in Min degree. However, students should take enough BE course hours as electives in their MA in Min degree program that those hours plus the hours earned for their bioethics-related capstone course total 6 hours. If 6 such hours–or PR 7220–are not completed in the MA in Min degree program, then the missing hours must be added to the 15 hours needed to complete the MA/BE degree.

Curriculum

The following courses must be taken either within the MA in Min degree program or as part of the additional 15 BE hours for the MA/BE degree program:

Modular Curricular Plan—22 hours
Course Title Credits
Any fall or summer before the final year of MA in Ministry studies:
BE 5000 Introduction to Bioethics:
Matters of Life and Death
3 hours
or BE 5100 Intensive Bioethics Institute 3 hours
Any fall of MA in Min studies after completing BE 5000 or BE 5100:
BE 5200 Research Ethics 2 hours
BE 5499 The Public Policy Context1 1 hour
BE 5500 Bioethics and Public Policy 2 hours
Any spring of MA in Min studies after completing BE 5000 or BE 5100:
BE 5299 The Clinical Context1 1 hour
BE 5300 Clinical Issues in Bioethics 2 hours
BE 6100 Bioethics Colloquium 1 hour
Near the end of MA in Min Studies:
Bioethics-related capstone in the MA in Min degree program—plus BE hours 6 hours
Near the end of MA/BE studies:
BE 6500 Advanced Bioethics Institute 3 hours
Of the 21 total BE hours here, 6 also count toward the MA in Min degree  
Total Hours   21 hours
Required Courses—16 hours
Course Title Credits
BE 5000 Introduction to Bioethics:
Matters of Life and Death
3 hours
or BE 5100 Intensive Bioethics Institute 3 hours
BE 5200 Research Ethics 2 hours
BE 5300 Clinical Issues in Bioethics 2 hours
BE 5500 Bioethics and Public Policy 2 hour
BE 6100 Bioethics Colloquium 1 hours
BE 6500 Advanced Bioethics Institute 3 hours
Total Hours 13 hours

 

MA in Bioethics / MA in Theological Studies

About This Degree
There is a rapidly growing need in the church for leadership to address bioethical challenges in the lives of individuals, families, communities, and the larger world. Such leaders ideally need more theological preparation than a bioethics degree alone can provide, and they need more training in bioethics than the MA/TS degree can provide.

Program Details

Basic Idea
Six hours automatically double-count in both degrees; and nine more hours also double-count if the right courses are selected. In sum: only 15 hours beyond the MA/TS degree are required in order to earn the MA-Bioethics degree as well.

Program Structure
Students in the MA Concentration in Theological Studies (MA/TS) degree program can add an MA in Bioethics (MA/BE) degree without substantially lengthening their stay at Trinity. Moreover, there is a societal movement toward requiring a credential, such as a bioethics Master’s degree, for individuals involved in bioethical decision making in health care (including chaplains and pastors), public policy, education, and other public arenas. In light of Trinity’s global leadership role in bioethics, the ability of students to add the MA/BE degree/credential to their MA/TS degree is an attractive option for Trinity students.

What will I study?
Only 15 hours of Master’s-level coursework in bioethics beyond the MA/TS degree are required.

Students can participate in the May Commencement for both degrees at the end of their final TEDS year (assuming no more than 6 BE hours remain to be completed in the summer that follows).

The capstone course in the MA/TS degree program will fulfill the capstone requirement for the MA/BE degree as well, as long as bioethical issues play a significant role in it (as certified to the Records Office by the professor overseeing the course).

MA/TS students will not need to take BE 5001 and BE 5002 in their MA/BE program; and they should take PR 7220 as part of their Theological Studies requirement for the MA/TS degree. However, students should take enough BE course hours as electives in their MA/TS degree program that those hours plus the hours earned for their bioethics-related capstone course total 6 hours. If 6 such hours–or PR 7220–are not completed in the MA/TS degree program, then the missing hours must be added to the 15 hours needed to complete the MA/BE degree.

Curriculum

The following courses must be taken either within the MA/TS degree program or as part of the additional 15 BE hours for the MA/BE degree program:

Model Curricular Plan—21 hours
Course Title Credits
Any fall or summer before the final year of MA/TS studies:
BE 5000 Introduction to Bioethics:
Matters of Life and Death
3 hours
Any fall of MA/TS studies after completing BE 5000 or BE 5100:
BE 5200 Research Ethics 2 hours
BE 5499 The Public Policy Context1 1 hour
BE 5500 Bioethics and Public Policy 2 hours
Any spring of MA/TS studies after completing BE 5000 or BE 5100:
BE 5299 The Clinical Context1 1 hour
BE 5300 Clinical Issues in Bioethics 2 hours
BE 6100 Bioethics Colloquium 1 hour
Near the end of MA/TS Studies:
Bioethics-related capstone in the MA/TS degree program—plus BE hours 6 hours
Near the end of BE studies:
BE 6500 Advanced Bioethics Institute 3 hours
Of the 21 total BE hours here, 6 also count toward the MA/TS degree
Total Hours 21 hours
Required Courses—16 hours
Course Title Credits
BE 5000 Introduction to Bioethics:
Matters of Life and Death
3 hours
or BE 5100 Intensive Bioethics Institute 3 hours
BE 5200 Research Ethics 2 hours
BE 5300 Clinical Issues in Bioethics 2 hours
BE 5500 Bioethics and Public Policy 2 hour
BE 6100 Bioethics Colloquium 1 hours
BE 6500 Advanced Bioethics Institute 3 hours
PR 7220 Ethical Theory 3 hours
Total Hours 16 hours

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