Improve the Future of Healthcare
Bioethics serves a vital role in our complex society, helping to address issues in healthcare delivery, climate change, social injustice and biotechnology.
Jointly offered by Clarkson University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the Master of Science in Bioethics provides you with the skills to navigate complex ethical issues. Knowing how to identify and frame ethical issues will enhance your skills in clinical care, research or advocacy.
Why Earn an MS in Bioethics From Clarkson?
As one of the first bioethics programs delivered in a hybrid format, Clarkson's Master of Science in Bioethics allows you to meet your personal and professional obligations while enhancing your career.
You'll take a mixture of online and onsite courses involving case studies, supervised exercises and innovative realistic simulations. Courses are taught by internationally recognized faculty members with expertise in philosophy, medicine, law, health policy and management, clinical research, nursing, history and religion.
You'll choose one of three specializations: clinical ethics, research ethics or bioethics policy.
You'll be offered individualized mentoring by faculty and alumni throughout the program. Optional internship opportunities in clinical ethics, research ethics and bioethics policy are available for those who want additional hands-on experience and training.
What You'll Learn
The MS in Bioethics program consists of 36 credit hours of graduate coursework. The degree can be completed full time, in which you'll take three or more courses per term, or part time, involving one or two courses per term.
The curriculum is designed around six key components:
- A one-week, onsite introductory proseminar that exposes students to a broad range of topics in bioethics.
- Online history and theory courses that cover the basics of biomedical ethics, clinical ethics, research ethics and healthcare policy and law.
- Elective courses, such as reproductive ethics, ethical issues at end-of-life and environmental ethics, that allow you to pursue areas of interest beyond the core concepts in bioethics.
- Competency-based online and onsite practicum activities, which provide hands-on experience in the analytical, communication, mediation, organizational, political and moral reasoning skills required of working bioethicists.
- A personalized master’s project, in which you work one-on-one with a faculty supervisor to explore a bioethical topic of interest in greater depth.
- A capstone assessment, in which faculty evaluate your mastery of the knowledge and skills learned.