Master of Science in Bioethics

Through an online MS in Bioethics, you will gain career-changing skills that will allow you to guide ethical decision-making in a variety of fields.

Health care is at its best when the dignity of the human person is the guiding principle. Offered in partnership with the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC), our Master of Science in Bioethics will provide you with an ethical framework—and the ability to apply that framework—to fields including medicine, law, business, and public affairs. For more details regarding NCBC Seminars, please see the information below. With an MS in Bioethics, advance your career while advancing ethical decision-making.

At a Glance

$84,810
Average annual salary for medical scientist.

Program Length

2 years

Format

  • Online with three visits to our main campus in Bismarck, ND and one 2-day in-person NCBC seminar in Bismarck

Tuition per Credit

$655

Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Professionals in fields including medicine, law, business, and public affairs
  • Healthcare professionals concerned with bioethical medicine
  • Anyone interested in ethical decision-making

Career Paths

  • Healthcare Leader
  • Church Leader
  • Ethics Committee Member (Policy Analysis & Development)
  • Education Leader
  • Research Leader
  • Compliance Officer
  • Policymaker

What You’ll Learn

Through our MS in Bioethics, you’ll gain a deep understanding of Christian principles and the ability to integrate those principles in a wide range of clinical, research, educational, and policy settings. Once you graduate, you’ll be prepared to:

  • Integrate the philosophical and scientific underpinnings of faith and reason into a framework for ethical decision making.
  • Apply the ethical decision-making framework to areas of clinical practice, education, and research including but not limited to the following topics:
    • Informed consent in research and treatment
    • Confidentiality and the healthcare provider-patient relationship
    • Cultural and religious diversity among patients and practitioners
    • Suffering, death, and dying
    • Experimentation and new technologies in healthcare and science
    • Reproductive technologies
    • Access to and allocation of medical resources
    • Fraud and abuse
    • Intellectual property
    • Regulatory affairs

Program Details

Your first step is to apply for candidacy by submitting the application for admission. Candidacy means you are on your way to completing the admissions process! You will need to be accepted into your program before you can enroll in classes.

Upon receiving candidacy you will need to submit the following to be considered for admissions into a graduate program:

  • Must have a bachelor’s degree or have completed at least 90 credits toward a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and have graduated with a bachelor’s degree by the end of the Health Care Ethics Certification Program
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the National Catholic Certification Program in Health Care Ethics
  • Letter grade no lower than a “C” on any individual National Catholic Certification Program in Health Care Ethics course
  • Official transcripts
    • Graduated from the University of Mary? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
    • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. 
    • Have your transcripts sent to:
      Office of Admissions
      University of Mary
      7500 University Drive
      Bismarck, ND 58504
    • Or request to send electronic transcripts to [email protected]
  • Resume
  • Professional Goals Statement (2-3 paragraphs describing your career goals)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

Applications are accepted online beginning in mid-May until early January for each June start. However, students submitting applications prior to July 1 will receive priority consideration.

Currently enrolled or successful completion of the National Catholic Certification Program in Health Care Ethics. In the first year, the student enrolls in the National Catholic Certification Program in Health Care Ethics. Upon successful completion, the student may transfer up to 10 graduate credits through the University of Mary. The second year, completed within three consecutive semesters, begins directly after completion of the National Catholic Certification Program in Health Care Ethics in June and will include bioethics courses in faith and reason, law, health care, biomedical industries, medicine, and health policy. The degree program includes a practicum and capstone project.

August 7-8, 2020
University of Mary, Lumen Vitae University Center
Bismarck, ND 

September 11-12, 2020
St. Agnes Parish Center, Rockville Centre, NY
Diocese of Rockville Centre

October 30-31, 2020
Pastoral Care, Philadelphia, PA
Archdiocese of Philadelphia

January 15-16, 2021
Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans, LA
Archdiocese of New Orleans

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Online with three visits to our main campus in Bismarck, ND and one 2-day in-person NCBC seminar in Bismarck

  • Tuition: $655/credit
  • Application fee: $45
  • NCBC Transcripting fee: $840
  • Technology fee: $30 per credit

For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

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