Who Should Apply?
The Master of Bioethics is designed for the following types of students:
- Professionals with 3 or more years of experience in bioethics-related fields, including medicine, nursing, law, dentistry, social work, health care administration, industry, public policy, regulatory affairs, and other allied health professions, or,
- Students pursuing another bioethics-related graduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania or other area professional schools.
We do admit a very limited number of post-bacclaureate students (those who have recently completed a BA or a BS), and we require a 3.5 GPA for these applicants. The MBE degree is not considered a "terminal degree;" further academic work is needed for most positions in the field of bioethics.
Professional applicants will be evaluated on the applicant's professional record and on the extent to which the MBE degree complements the applicant's career and future professional growth. For those students already matriculated in another graduate program who are applying for a dual degree, applicants are considered based on their academic record and on the extent to which the MBE degree complements the applicant's interests and educational goals. Post-bacclaureate students must have a 3.5 GPA. We do not require any standardized tests.
Submitting Your Transcripts
Official transripts must be submitted directly by your University or a document sharing service used by your University. The MBE requires transcripts for every credit hour listed on your application. We can conditionally accept you with unofficial transcripts, contingent upon delivery of offical transcripts through official means. Please select to have transcripts sent to:
423 Guardian Dr., Floor 14
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Dual Degree Students
Special Instructions for Dual Degree Students here.
Applicants who intend to submatriculate from the University of Pennsylvania, Haverford College, or Bryn Mawr College should complete both the regular MBE application as well as the submatriculation form found here. Submatriculation students are encouraged to speak with Dr. Autumn Fiester, Associate Chair for Education & Training, prior to submission of the application. Submatriculation into the Master of Bioethics requires an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.50.
International Students should apply as described above. For important information for international students, please see the Penn Office of International Programs directory.
Students can take courses at the University of Pennsylvania without officially enrolling in the Master of Bioethics Program. Consider taking a course with us if:
- You are working in a bioethics-related field and we are offering a course that would enhance your career goals or that matches your personal interests
- You are working in a bioethics-related field and you want to see if this is the right program for you
- You are a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania who needs or wants a bioethics-related elective
- You have a general interest in bioethics and want to learn more about the field
A bachelor's degree is required to take a course with us. As a non-matriculated student, you can take up to 3 courses without formal admission to our program (subject to Director's approval). Any courses taken on a non-matriculated basis will count toward the MBE degree if you later are accepted into the program. Current tuition and fees can be found here.
Application & Admissions Cycle
All applications are considered on a rolling basis. Due to the volume of applications, we cannot send notices upon receipt of application.
If accepted, the student chooses the semester in which s/he would like to begin taking courses. We offer a full Spring, Summer and Fall semester.
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