Graduate Education

Masters in Bioethics

Students can get an MA in bioethics  (MA in philosophy with a concentration in bioethics) or a Graduate Certificate  in bioethics from the IUPUI Philosophy Department.  These degrees prepare students to do further work in bioethics, including research, education, and service (e.g. serving on an ethics committee).  Those pursuing the MD, JD, or MPH can get a Combined Degree with the MA in bioethics (MD/ MA; JD/ MA, or MPH/ MA).  Students pursuing a PhD in another field can receive a Doctoral Minor in bioethics.

The MA program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours and can be completed in 1-2 years, or 1 year if being pursued as a combined degree (MD/ MA, JD/ MA, or MPH/ MA).  Applicants for the MA program should specify that they are interested in the bioethics concentration, rather than the general MA degree in philosophy. 

Students in the MA program in bioethics can apply to be a Graduate Assistant in the IU Center for Bioethics, which provides tuition, health insurance, and a stipend.  MA students can also apply for the Myles and Peg Brand Fellowship in Bioethics which provides $10,000 to pursue a scholarly project. 

Three of the current faculty of the IU Center for Bioethics received their MA in bioethics from IUPUI.  (Dr. Mary Ott, Professor Jane Hartsock, and affiliate faculty Dr. Brandon Brown)

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MA Program Combined Degree Program / Graduate Certificate / PhD Minor

Fairbanks Fellowship in Clinical Ethics

Faculty from the Center for Bioethics teach in the Fairbanks Fellowship in Clinical Ethics, offered by the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics at Indiana University Health. This fellowship is a nine-month, part-time program aimed at training health care professionals in clinical ethics, including ethics consultation and ethics research. Graduates become capable members of the ethics community, serve as a resource for their colleagues facing ethical challenges in patient care, and have the potential to actively contribute to the field of medical ethics. Click here for more information.

Graduate Certificate in Medical Humanities

The Graduate Certificate in Medical Humanities offers an interdisciplinary course of study drawn from the social science and humanities disciplines of Liberal Arts, as well as courses and participation of faculty from other schools. The field of Medical Humanities provides students with the qualitative humanistic and socio-cultural perspectives on health care, in contrast to the clinical/objective approach traditionally taken in biomedicine.

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