Welcome, New Students!

Congratulations on being admitted to the University of Pennsylvania Master of Bioethics program. You are joining an outstanding group of students and alumni. Your experience will combine excellent academic instruction, expansive networking, and hands-on research and consulting opportunities. We are thrilled you will be joining us.

The Master of Bioethics Suite is located at Blockley Hall Floor 14. The suite houses the student lounge, which is fully stocked with snacks, coffee and tea. The student lounge also has a computer and a printer for student use

What happens next?

To get started with course planning, make an appointment with the appropriate advisor. For MSME students, make an appointment with MBE/MSME Faculty Program Director Dr. Autumn Fiester. For MBE students, make an appointment with MBE Associate Staff Director, Dr. Molly Sinderbrand. To make an appointment with Dr. Sinderbrand please email Rashon Clark who will put you on Dr. Sinderbrand's schedule. 

PennID and PennKey
(Username and Password)

The PennID/Key process is fully automated for incoming students. A PennKey Setup Code will be mailed to your permanent address on record. This PennKey is linked to your PennID (8-digit code) which represents your unique Penn account. Follow the Setup Code instructions to create a password for your PennKey. Upon creation of PennKey and password combination, you will be able to log into Penn web systems using the PennKey and password. Please see PennKey Support for more questions or information.

Request Your Penn Email

Once you get your Penn email account, you should make sure that it is the email you are using on our listserv. You were likely added to the list with the email you applied with. BIOEGRAD is a listserv for all active MBE students and is how most program announcements are made. You will begin to see emails about lectures of interest, research opportunities, and announcements of deadlines, events, and course information.

Please use this webform to request your @pennmedicine.upenn.edu email address. You will need to enter MBE Program Coordinator Arnold Roholt as your manager. Use the following fields:
First: Arnold Last: Roholt Department: MEHP Phone: 215-898-3837                                  Email: arroholt@pennmedicine.upenn.edu PennKey: arroholt 

Please contact MBE Program Coordinator AJ Roholt after you have completed these steps.

Request Access to Classrooms, Department and Student Lounge

You will gain PennCard access to buildings in which there are classes you are registered for. The Master of Bioethics offers a wonderful student space complete with coffee, tea, water, snacks, and computing which is available to all MBE students. You can access this lounge by coming into the front office of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Blockley Hall. You will need PennCard access to Blockley Hall and Blockley 14. Once you have your PennCard, please use it to fill out this form and get yourself access to the Department and the Student Lounge.


There are many people who can and will help you, both logistically and intellectually, as you move through the program. Dr. Autumn Fiester, MBE Faculty Program Director, has overall responsibility for the graduate program, including the shape and staffing for the curriculum, general MBE policies, outreach to other schools within the University, and the admissions process. She makes decisions regarding transfer credit, applicable MBE courses, and requirements for joint degrees. All advising for the MBE program is done by the MBE Associate Staff Director, Dr. Molly Sinderbrand. To make an appointment with Dr. Sinderbrand please email MBE Education Coordinator Rashon Clark who will put you on Dr. Sinderbrand's schedule. It is recommended that you meet with the MBE Associate Staff Director twice yearly while you are in the program.

Financial Aid

Please visit Graduate Funding and Finances or our Additional Resources page.

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