The Master of Science in Medical Ethics (MSME) provides rigorous methodological and conceptual training in bioethics for postdoctoral scholars who aim to become academic bioethicists competing for and conducting externally funded empirical research.  Although there are many bioethics-related masters-level graduate programs in the United States, none of these programs is designed to train physician-scientists or other scholars aspiring to empirically oriented bioethics faculty positions in academic medical centers and universities.  Penn’s MSME program fills this important need.

Before applying to the MSME Program, we recommend applicants contact the program for more information at:

Paper Application Instructions

  1. Applicants should complete the MSME application and send it to: Admissions, Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania, Blockley Hall 14th Floor, 423 Guardian Drive, Philadelphia PA 19104-4884.

  2. Include a non-refundable $70 application fee made payable to: "Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania". The application fee is waived for dual degree applicants.

  3. Include a current resume/CV.

  4. Include a writing sample, which demonstrates your potential to do independent scholarly work.

  5. Arrange to have all transcripts of previous post-secondary work sent to the address above. NOTE: We do not require the GRE or any other test scores.

  6. Arrange to have 3 letters of recommendation from close professional colleagues or academic instructors sent to the address above. NOTE: There are no recommendation forms included in the application packet.

  7. Please follow this link if your answer to Question 14 on the application is "yes".


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