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Master of Arts


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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 30
Cost Per Credit: $882
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College of Medicine - Phoenix

Program Details

Training and education in ethics have proven to be instrumental in making difficult moral and ethical decisions for the best and proper patient care.

Serving emerging and seasoned health professionals in Arizona and globally, the Master of Arts in Bioethics advances the study of ethics and how to approach scarce resources, equity, diversity, and inclusion in healthcare. This program explores how ethical issues influence decisions that shape our minds, lives, and society. Bioethics is a discipline dealing with biological research and applications' social, legal, and ethical implications, especially in medicine. It includes medical ethics, which focuses on issues in healthcare, research ethics which focuses on the conduct of research; and public health ethics which addresses ethical issues in public health.

The program aims to give clinicians, social workers, chaplaincy, nurses, and others the background and training to teach ethics, ethics research, ethics consultations, and difficult bedside ethical issues. In addition, the program focuses on the partnership of healthcare and ethics by bringing together liberal arts disciplines, including philosophy, history, and sociology of science, psychology, sociology, and anthropology, with the expertise from the University of Arizona, College of Medicine–Phoenix faculty, and other key university partners.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


This program requires 12 core credits and 18 elective credits. The courses in this program include:

ETH 500: Foundation of Bioethics
ETH 572: Current Controversies in Bioethics
LAW 515/ETH 515: Healthcare Ethics
ETH 516: Pediatric Ethics



Earning your Master of Arts in Bioethics will build core skills, including:

  • Empathy
  • Research
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Analytical thinking
  • Professionalism
  • Conscientiousness
  • Collaboration
  • Introspection

Graduates of the Bioethics MA will be prepared to pursue the following careers:


  • Healthcare Bioethicist
  • Bioethics Professor
  • Ethics Consultant
  • Ethics Committee Member
  • Public Policy Advisor
  • Patient Rights Coordinator
  • Bioethics Researcher
  • Compliance Consultant
  • Clinical Ethicist
  • Government Advisor