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M.A. Program in Bioethics

BIOETHICS Graduate Student


This graduate program is offered by and housed in the Center for Bioethics. It offers the opportunity to study at an interdisciplinary program situated in a major research university with a premier Bioethics Center featuring a large, interdisciplinary, world-renowned faculty. The University of Minnesota has a long-standing commitment to excellence in bioethics.

Although bioethics has deep roots in the discipline of philosophy and maintains strong ties to that discipline, it has grown to be an essentially interdisciplinary field. Similarly, over its twenty-plus year history, our Center for Bioethics has become a well established and internationally recognized interdisciplinary center. This truly interdisciplinary approach is endorsed by the University, since the Center is a program that spans the Academic Health Center and interacts throughout the University. The Center’s faculty represents a broad array of fields, with backgrounds in philosophy, medicine, nursing, public health, health policy, law, education, family social science, and religious studies. The Center embraces a robust mission of public engagement. Our faculty influences policy nationally and internationally on a number of issues including decision-making at end of life, research on human subjects, ethics and genetic technologies, and public health preparedness.

The Center provides a very congenial, collaborative community in which to work. Our support staff is talented and dedicated. Our strong relationships to other programs throughout the University promote creative partnerships.

Our courses have drawn students from a broad spectrum of disciplinary homes, including the biological sciences, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, computer science, divinity/theology, education, history of medicine, history of science/technology, journalism, law, molecular/cellular/developmental biology/genetics, nursing, pharmacy, philosophy, physiology, public health, rhetoric, science/technology/environmental policy, and social work. We seek to enroll a diverse group of students and welcome applications from individuals in varied professions and academic disciplines.

If you have questions about our program, please contact Margie O’Neill, Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies, at bthxed@umn.edu.

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