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JD/MA in Bioethics Program

A dynamic career-enhancement degree for professionals and pre-professionals in law, health care and related fields.

The JD/MA in Bioethics program is a joint degree of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and the Hofstra Bioethics Center.

As careers in and around health law increasingly confront ethical challenges, students in the JD/MA in Bioethics program are trained to enter a wide variety of jobs in government, community health, hospitals, and law offices that serve health care facilities, providers, and patient groups.

The joint program, which can be completed in as little as four years, enhances both educational and career opportunities for our students, and fosters a deeper understanding of current and future challenges in law, medicine, health care and related fields.

Program Information

The MA in Bioethics is a 30-credit program, with 18 credits of requirements and 12 elective credits. Joint degree candidates will be required to complete all requirements of the MA program (18 credits) as well as the JD program (87 credits). Students may attribute 12 credits earned toward the JD degree to the fulfillment of the Bioethics MA degree.

Learn more about the JD program requirements.

Learn more about the MA in Bioethics requirements.

New students applying to the Law School will be required to submit applications to both the JD and MA programs, and to be accepted into both programs. Current Hofstra Law JD students should inquire about application requirements to BioethicsMA@hofstra.edu.

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JD Program

Review the application checklist, procedures and deadlines for the JD Program.

MA in Bioethics

View courses offered in the MA in Bioethics program and review the application process.

Certificate in Clinical Bioethics

Hofstra also offers a nine-month certificate program that teaches bioethics through the lens of medicine, law and narrative.