Master's Degree Program

The Department of Bioethics offers a graduate program leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Bioethics. Bioethics has blossomed into a major area of scholarly inquiry over the last three decades.

International Bioethics Short-Term Study Abroad

Master's Degree Program

The Department's highly successful Master of Arts program in Bioethics emphasizes the multi- and interdisciplinary nature of the field. Since 1995, it has provided advanced training in bioethics for students and professionals who will encounter bioethical issues in the course of their primary careers.

Bioethics MA students/colleagues have the opportunity to work closely with department faculty in their specialty areas while completing the MA degree in only one year (full-time) Highlights of the program include:

  • Nationally and internationally renowned multidisciplinary faculty with backgrounds in medicine, nursing, philosophy, law, religious studies, anthropology, sociology, public health, and history
  • Outstanding dual-degree programs with Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, Law, Public Health, and Genetics
  • Unique clinical experience with clinical ethics practicum opportunities at three major academic medical centers (University Hospitals’ Case Medical Center, MetroHealth Medical Center, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation) and the Hospice of Western Reserve
  • New research ethics track designed to explore ethical issues in research in depth through course work, direct observation, and working with research regulatory professionals. Because the Research Ethics Track can be done on a full- or part-time basis, it is suitable both for those who wish to develop new expertise and those who wish to enhance their knowledge while working in a research setting.  Students will explore the theoretical and practical issues that arise in research, examining various stakeholders' perspectives.   IRB directors, study coordinators, and other research professionals would be especially well-suited to undertake this course of study. Graduates of the research track have gone on to work in IRBs and research education.
  • International bioethics programs. Different cultures understand and address ethical issues in medicine and the life sciences in unique ways. Gaining an appreciation for this international diversity is critical in today’s world, and can be both illuminating and challenging. The Department of Bioethics has developed study abroad partnerships with academic institutions in other countries.  These short-term study abroad courses are taught by CWRU and international faculty, and take place over the winter, spring, and summer breaks.  Locations include Paris, Amsterdam, Salamanca (Spain), Costa Rica, and India. The courses provide a window into critical Bioethics questions such as end-of-life decisions, reproductive rights, and health care justice. In addition to giving students a broader perspective, the international experience also provides them with an opportunity to reflect on how culture has helped shape their own individual views about issues central to the delivery of health care.
  • Wide array of department electives drawing from the entire University curriculum

MA Brochure

For more information contact:

Marie Norris, Graduate Studies Coordinator
Department of Bioethics
CWRU School of Medicine
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-4976.
Phone (216) 368-8718
Fax (216) 368-8713
e-mail: marie.norris@case.edu