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Center for Bioethics at commencement ceremony

The Center for Bioethics recruits bright, talented, diverse individuals who are committed to working on bioethical issues within their chosen field of study or profession. We offer three engaging programs—a Master of Arts degree program, a certificate in Clinical Ethics, and a Graduate Minor—to suit the aspirations of graduate and professional students as well as working professionals. Our faculty bioethicists are dedicated, experienced mentors who play active roles in our students’ academic and professional pursuits.

Master of Arts Program in Bioethics

Our Master of Arts degree is for individuals who want to enhance their terminal graduate or professional degree in another field, either before entering the MA program, at the same time with a joint degree in bioethics and a related field, or with a clear plan to pair it with a future graduate of professional degree. Applications accepted the first day of fall semester through June 1.

Clinical Ethics Certificate Program

Our Clinical Ethics Post-baccalaureate Certificate is for practicing professionals who want to master the knowledge and skills needed for work in clinical ethics. The curriculum fulfills the health care ethics core competencies promulgated by the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH). Applications are accepted the first day of fall semester through June 1.

Graduate Minor in Bioethics

The Graduate Minor in Bioethics is designed for University of Minnesota students interested in deepening their knowledge of the ethical issues surrounding health and the life sciences. There is no specific deadline for applying.

Bioethics Courses  

The Center for Bioethics' innovative educational programs prepare students, health care professionals, and the public to confront difficult ethical issues as they emerge. 

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Joint Degree Program in Law and Bioethics 

The interdisciplinary joint degree program in Law and Bioethics offers students the opportunity to specialize their knowledge and earn a JD and an MA in Bioethics consecutively. Students in the Joint Degree Program combine their law and bioethics curricula by cross-counting up to 11 law credits in the Bioethics program and up to 12 non-law credits in their Law School program. Please see the JD/MA in Bioethics web page for more information and application instructions.

Alumni Spotlight

Ben Rosenstein, MA, MD

Ben Rosenstein, MD, MA

The Center for Bioethics is pleased to announce that our MA in Bioethics alumnus Ben Rosenstein recently graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School with his MD. Dr. Rosenstein will begin his residency in Family Medicine at St. John's Hospital in Maplewood, MN on July 1. Congratulations Ben!