MA in Bioethics Application Information

Prospective students ready to apply to the Master of Bioethics Program must do so online using Apply Online.

The following materials must be submitted as part of the application:

  • Online application form.
  • $50 application fee. The fee can be paid by credit card or by check or money order payable to the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Digital scans of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Official transcripts are not required during the application process. Applicants who are accepted will be required to submit certified transcripts when they accept the offer of admission and matriculate.
  • Three letters of recommendation. The most informative letters of recommendation comment on the applicant’s critical reasoning ability and writing skills.
  • A personal statement of reasons for entering the program and goals for study within it.
  • A writing sample, preferably a paper that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to construct an argument in support of a claim related to a topic in bioethics, ethics, philosophy, or some other field of the humanities

Applicants to joint programs must complete applications to both the Bioethics Program and the School of Law or Medicine and must observe the application deadlines for each program of study. In addition to applying to each individual program, students must submit a brief application to the joint JD/MA Program.

Joint JD/MA Program Application »

Online applications for admission to the Bioethics Program in the fall must be submitted no later than March 31. If you would like to be considered after the online submission deadline, send your information to the Director of Admissions at the address below. 

To request additional information or to submit application materials by mail, contact:

Director of Admissions
Master’s Degree in Bioethics
Center for Bioethics and Health Law
Barco Law Building, Room 519
3900 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
412-648-7007
bioethics@pitt.edu