The Bioethics program provides competency-based and skills-based education in clinical ethics, research ethics and bioethics policy. The program is designed to enhance the career and educational opportunities of those interested in such topics as end-of-life care and physician aid-in-dying, animal and human subject research, or public health and health policy issues like obesity and smoking.

Students come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are doctors, lawyers, nurses and academics currently working in healthcare, research and policy. Others are post-baccalaureate students who want to expand their understanding of bioethics and improve their prospects for admission to professional degree programs.

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Jointly offered by Clarkson and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the Bioethics Program offers both a Master of Science in Bioethics and Graduate Certificates in Bioethics. Master’s students can specialize in one of three areas: clinical ethics, research ethics and bioethics policy. Certificate students can choose from courses of study in clinical ethics, research ethics, and health policy and law.

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Bioethics Degree Programs

The Bioethics program at Clarkson University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is a professional degree program intended to prepare students academically and professionally for responsibilities and services as a bioethicist.

Bioethics Master's Degree

This Master of Science degree program consists of 39 credit hours of graduate coursework. The degree can be completed full time taking three or more courses per term or part-time taking one or two course(s) per term. There are three specializations within the Bioethics degree: Clinical Ethics, Research Ethics and Bioethics Policy.

Bioethics Curriculum

Bioethics Certificate Degrees

We also offers graduate certificates in Clinical Ethics, Research Ethics and Health Policy & Law. Each certificate consists of 12 credit hours of graduate coursework.  

A Note From Our Faculty

Our program equips students with a solid foundation in bioethics, enabling them to successfully navigate the challenges presented while solving complex healthcare problems. We are a competency-based program that prepares students with interdisciplinary skills to enter a variety of clinical, research, and policy positions in healthcare. As one of the first bioethics programs offering hybrid online education, students can continue with personal and professional obligations while enhancing their careers.

Dr. Jane Oppenlander, Assistant Professor and Chair of Bioethics Department

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A complete application consists of the following:

  • Online Application Form
  • Resume.
  • Statement of Purpose.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation.
  • Official Transcripts.
  • For International Applicants, an English Proficiency Test is required.
    • Minimum Test Score Requirements: TOEFL (80), IELTS (6.5), PTE (56) and Duolingo English Test (115).

Prerequisites: Applicants to the bioethics program must have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

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