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Hofstra Law

MA in Bioethics

Examine a broad range of contemporary and emerging issues in bioethics.

The Master of Arts in Bioethics degree program provides professionals and future professionals in law, public health, medicine, nursing and related fields with the skills and knowledge needed to advance, and assume leadership positions, in their chosen careers. The program draws on world-class faculty and resources from across Hofstra Law and Hofstra University’s graduate and professional schools, and  combines classroom study with well-established clinical opportunities to examine a broad range of contemporary and emerging issues in bioethics.

The 30-credit program, including a 2-semester Introduction to Bioethics and a 6-credit Capstone Project, allows students to define their own course of study and pursue the issues they find most compelling, or that best suit their long-term career goals. The program can be completed in as little as one calendar year full-time or over multiple years part-time.

The Master of Arts in Bioethics program builds on Hofstra’s highly successful Certificate in Clinical Bioethics that, since 2014, has prepared working professionals, law and medical students to participate in hospital ethics committees, legal and policy discussions, and patient advocacy. As with the Certificate Program, the MA program utilizes “case-based” learning supplemented with real-world clinical experiences to prepare students for careers in and around bioethics and related fields.

Program Information

The Hofstra University Certificate in Clinical Bioethics is a two-semester part-time program that teaches bioethics through the lens of medicine, law and narrative. The program integrates academic coursework and clinical skills-building to prepare students to participate in ethical discussion and consultation in medical, legal and public health settings. Upon completion of the program, participants possess the critical tools needed to analyze and assess ethics cases, participate in ethics consultations and serve on hospital ethics committees. 

Learn more about the Certificate in Clinical Bioethics.

The Master of Bioethics degree program and the Certificate in Clinical Bioethics are open to everyone interested in pursuing advanced study in applied bioethics. The programs are particularly valuable to practicing lawyers, physicians, nurses, social workers, clergy and others looking for greater opportunities to participate in hospital ethics committees, clinical ethics consultation, policy development, legal advocacy, etc.; students in law, medicine, nursing, public health or health professions who wish to supplement their professional education with a deeper understanding of the bioethical issues they will face; and other individuals interested in understanding how current issues in bioethics arise and are managed in legal, policy and healthcare settings.

Core Courses:

Sample Elective Courses:

Applicants for the Hofstra Master of Arts in Bioethics Program come from a broad range of professional and educational backgrounds, including law, medicine, nursing and other health professions, clergy, etc.  Some are practicing professionals seeking to enhance their opportunities into bioethical issues, while others are current students or recent graduates with professional aspirations that include integrating bioethics into their career goals.

Review of applications are on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early and should complete and submit the application form below prior to submission of supporting documentation.

Acceptance into the Master of Arts in Bioethics program requires at minimum an undergraduate degree.  In addition to completing the on-line application, please provide:

  • A statement of academic purpose
  • Undergraduate transcript
  • Graduate transcript (if applicable)
  • Two letters of recommendation

For questions about the program or to submit an application, send email to BioethicsMA@hofstra.edu.

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For questions about the program or to submit an application, send email to BioethicsMA@hofstra.edu.