Joint Degree: Master of Divinity
and the MA in Bioethics

Address ethical, social, and policy issues of importance for biotechnology, health care, biomedical research, and public health.

Bioethics is both a theoretical enterprise and a practical competence. It is fundamentally multidisciplinary, addressing universal questions within the social and cultural contexts in which they arise. The Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Bioethics joint degree program facilitates an interdisciplinary conversation between theology and bioethics and to provide resources for students whose vocational aims require knowledge and/or competence in both disciplines.

Plan of Study and Requirements

A student typically will first complete two and one-half years of work (five semesters, 61-65 credit hours) primarily in the School of Divinity. This joint degree is designed to be completed in seven semesters. The final two semesters will be completed in the bioethics program but with some electives taken in the School of Divinity. Shared courses will be joint degree appropriate, selected from a list of courses agreed upon by the School of Divinity and the bioethics program.

Students will complete a total of 91 credit hours in order to earn the joint degree:

  • 61 credit hours in the MDiv program.
  • 26 credit hours in the Bioethics program.
  • 4 additional elective credit hours to be chosen by the student from either program.

Review the requirements of the MDiv / MA in Bioethics


Student Advising

Every student in the joint program will be assigned a faculty advisor from each school with whom they are expected to meet regularly throughout the duration of the program.

Continuing eligibility in the Graduate School

To continue in the program, the Graduate School requires that a student maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5. This requirement applies to the MA component of the joint degree program. A student who fails to satisfy this requirement will be placed on academic probation and will have one semester to bring his/her GPA to 2.5 or greater; otherwise, the student may be dismissed from the program. The minimum grade point average required for successful completion of the MA portion of the degree is 3.0. Continuing eligibility in the Master of Divinity program is outlined in the School of Divinity’s Continuation Policy.

How to Apply

Candidates interested in  joint degree must apply both to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Divinity, following the admissions’ requirements of the respective programs, and be accepted to each program in order to pursue a joint degree.

Apply to the School of Divinity

Apply to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences