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.

Healthcare 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. 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 2-day in-person seminars in Bismarck, ND; Philadelphia, PA; or New York, NY.

Cost 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

  • 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.
  • Must have a bachelor’s degree or have completed at least 90 credits toward a bachelor’s degree 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
  • Please mail your official transcripts and the following items to the University of Mary at 
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    University of Mary
    7500 University Drive
    Bismarck, ND  58504

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  • Resume
  • Professional Goals Statement (2-3 paragraphs describing your career goals)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Completion of the online application process

For a list of courses for this program, visit the catalog.

Online, with three 2-day in-person seminars in Bismarck, ND; Philadelphia, PA; or New York, NY.

  • Tuition: $655/credit
  • Application fee: $45
  • NCBC Transcripting Fee: $840
  • Technology/Distance Ed fee: $30/credit

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