MA in Bioethics Application Information

Prospective students ready to apply to the Master of Bioethics Program may do so online here.  

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

  • Online application form.
  • 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.
  • The Dietrich School will accept the Duolingo English Test as an alternative to TOEFL and IELTS from international student applicants.

* In an effort to reduce financial barriers to attending graduate school, the Kenneth P. Dietrich Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers application fee waivers. Please note that fee waivers are approved on a case-by-case basis and not all fee waiver requests will be granted.  All requests received will be reviewed and responded to within 48 hours during normal business hours: Monday - Friday 8:30a.m. to 5:00p.m. EST.  To be considered for a fee waiver, please complete the following fee waiver survey for review:

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 May 15. 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