Master of Arts in Bioethics
The Center for Bioethics offers two Master of Arts degrees:
MA, Plan A and MA, Plan B
The Master of Arts graduate program in Bioethics at the Center for Bioethics offers the opportunity for interdisciplinary study for over 30 years with multidisciplinary, world-renowned faculty within a major research university. Our faculty influences policy nationally and internationally on a number of issues including decision-making at end of life, research on human subjects, ethics of genetic technologies, and public health preparedness. The University of Minnesota has a long-standing commitment to excellence in bioethics.
Although bioethics has deep roots in the discipline of philosophy and maintains strong ties to that discipline, it has grown to be an essentially interdisciplinary field. The Center’s faculty represents a broad array of fields, with backgrounds in philosophy, medicine, nursing, public health, health policy, religious studies, global studies, and gender and womens studies. The Center embraces a robust mission of public engagement. Our faculty influences policy nationally and internationally on a number of issues including decision-making at end of life, research on human subjects, ethics and genetic technologies, and public health preparedness.
The Center provides a very congenial, collaborative community in which to work. Our support staff is talented and dedicated. Our strong relationships to other programs throughout the University promote creative partnerships.
Our courses have drawn students from a broad spectrum of disciplinary homes, including the biological sciences, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, computer science, divinity/theology, education, history of medicine, history of science/technology, journalism, law, molecular/cellular/developmental biology/genetics, nursing, pharmacy, philosophy, physiology, public health, rhetoric, science/technology/environmental policy, and social work. We seek to enroll a diverse group of students and welcome applications from individuals in varied professions and academic disciplines.
My studies at the Center have helped me see that 'doing the ethical thing' when faced with a tough clinical choice is not about trying to divine some objective truth about right and wrong in the world. Instead, ethics is the day-to-day navigation of complex moral responsibilities we have in relation to one another. It's about finding the best way forward when faced with the difficult decisions of everyday life. -- Nathan Scheiner
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