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Master of Science in Bioethics

Creighton University’s online Master of Science in Bioethics provides professionals with advanced training in bioethical analysis and decision making.

Through this program, you’ll gain an enhanced capacity to address moral and ethical challenges in a variety of health care settings. You’ll be better equipped to navigate critical and complex conversations about clinical ethics and health care policy. 

“Faculty in the bioethics master’s program really invest in giving individual feedback to students. Even though it's completely online, there's a lot of chances for interaction through video conference and at times in-person, too.”

— Sarah Lux, PhD | Associate Director and Program Director, Graduate School

Ethical controversies in health care have recently become broader and more complex. Issues such as end-of-life care, pain and suffering, research ethics, and disparities in health care access are often in the news. You can meet the growing need for professionals who possess strong skills in health care ethics by earning your MS in Bioethics.

Through rigorous coursework and hands-on practicum experience, your thinking, writing and decision-making will improve. You will also learn to consider legal, ethical and social implications to best serve patients and families. As you complete your bioethics courses, you’ll have the support of expert faculty and peers from a wide range of professions—including physicians, nurses, chaplains, lawyers, hospice workers, hospital administrators, lab technicians, medical researchers, social workers and more.

A program tailored to your career goals and lifestyle

We know graduate school is a huge investment of your time and money, so we make sure your investment is a smart one—and one that you can fit in your busy schedule. This 33-credit program is designed to meet the needs of busy professionals and can be completed fully online in just over two years.

You’ll also learn about what matters to you. About half of your credits will be earned through electives, which tailors your degree to your interests. The bioethics program is housed in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, which means you’ll have a wide variety of subject areas to pursue, all of which are taught by expert faculty.

Your education will also be practical. As part of your Master of Science in Bioethics curriculum, you’ll participate in a practicum experience. During your practicum, you’ll develop a practical plan for responding to an ethical issue or problem that you’ll identify in collaboration with key individuals at your practicum site. The practicum experience is designed to help you integrate the knowledge you will gain throughout your coursework and apply it in a real-world setting.

Program At A Glance

Master of Science in Bioethics

This program is offered Online

Application Deadline

August 1

December 1

April 15


  • Bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Health Care Bioethics Essay
  • Application


Program Goals and Curriculum

The Master of Science in Bioethics program is ideal for professionals in a variety of health care related fields who wish to become better equipped to navigate critical and complex conversations about clinical ethics and health care policy. The program is highly interdisciplinary in nature and takes about two years to complete.

To earn this master’s degree, you must complete 33 credits:

  • Core Courses (15 credits)
    • Introduction to Bioethics
    • Scholarly Reading and Writing
    • Social Cultural Contexts of Health Care
    • Philosophical Bioethics
    • Theories of Justice
  • Electives (15 Credits)
  • Practicum or Capstone (3 Credits)

View all courses for this program 

Our faculty within the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies come from backgrounds in business, health, education, law, and the arts and sciences. Together, their experiences and expertise provide students in the bioethics master’s program with a robust interdisciplinary education.

Meet the program faculty

Specific Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS in Bioethics program, applicants must:

  • Complete an application
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended. Read more about sending transcripts here
  • Include a resume or curriculum vitae
  • Submit a personal statement (see application for specific requirements)
  • Submit a Health Care Bioethics Essay (see application for specific requirements)
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members

 A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

International students are welcomed into this program so long as they complete it from their country of residence, as F-1 visas will not be issued. 

International applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements.

Provisional Admission
If you cannot provide a GRE score or proof of success in graduate-level coursework, you may be granted provisional admission. You must earn at least a B or higher in the first six credits of the program in order to gain full admission and continue in the program.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more details.

Financial Aid
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available graduate student scholarships and fellowships.

Learn more about funding your education

Have questions? Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731 for any additional questions you may have.

Dates and Deadlines

The table below details the enrollment deadlines and starting dates of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact an enrollment specialist for personalized assistance.


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Certificate Programs
Creighton University offers graduate certificates in health for students who wish to deepen and expand their health care knowledge without committing to a full master’s degree program. Options include:

Graduate Certificate in Bioethics – 15 credit hours

This 15-credit online graduate certificate is highly customizable to your interests and career goals. You’ll take a required Scholarly Reading and Writing class, and four electives of your choice.

See the full course listing

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics Consultation – 15 credit hours

Through our online certificate program, become a professional with strong ethical skills and gain hands-on experience in ethical assessment, analysis, process and evaluation.

See the full course listing

Dual Degree Programs
Students can complete a dual degree program to earn two degrees at once, saving both time and money. The following dual degree option is available in bioethics: