Landing Panel - Master of Science in Health Care Ethics


Every decision counts when it comes to health care. When issues arise and someone’s well-being is at risk, patients and their families need professionals trained to make choices that keep legal, ethical and social considerations in check.

Creighton University’s Master of Science in Health Care Ethics provides physicians, nurses, lab technicians, medical researchers and other health care professionals with an interdisciplinary understanding of the complex ethical issues in health care. Students will learn how to effectively navigate these challenges with the patient’s best interests in mind.

The Master of Science in Health Care Ethics program requires students to complete 33 credit hours, including 30 core credits and three elective credits. Each course can be completed in eight weeks and students typically take one course at a time while continuing to work full-time. With six terms offered per year, students can earn this master’s degree in under two years.

You’ll learn to:

  • Discern and discuss ethical issues that exist in health care practices, systems, policies and laws.
  • Reflect on personal and professional attitudes toward ethical issues in health care, evaluate policies, and work to improve the ethical quality of health care.
  • Discuss and apply principles, norms, and theories to resolve ethical issues and justify those applications.
  • Facilitate an open discussion between multiple groups with differing perspectives in an ethically complex situation.

Getting Started – Apply Online

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and classes are offered in six terms throughout the year.
  • If you haven’t yet taken the GMAT or don’t hold a baccalaureate degree, you may apply for Conditional Student Status and take up to six hours of graduate-level courses before applying for full admission.

National Reputation

Creighton University is proud to have been ranked as the #1 regional university in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 15 years straight.

The Master of Science in Health Care Ethics program is housed within Creighton University’s Center for Health Policy and Ethics, which features an interdisciplinary faculty of internationally recognized authors, philosophers, and scholars. Faculty members have led some of the top organizations in health care ethics, such as the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and the Association for Death Education and Counseling.

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