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.

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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.  


General Admission Requirements

Applicants to the bioethics program must have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0. To be considered for admission, the following items are required: 

  • completed application form
  • official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended
  • essay
  • three signed recommendation letters
  • application fee of $50, paid to Clarkson
  • a TOEFL score (Test of English as a Foreign Language) will be required for most international applicants from non-English-speaking countries.

The recommended application deadline is June 1. Applicants are notified of the admission committee’s decision within four weeks of receipt of completed application file. 

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more or have questions, please contact:

Jane Oppenlander
Assistant Professor

Office of Graduate Admissions

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