Master of Arts (MA) in Bioethics

The MA in Bioethics is a fully online program from the College of Medicine’s Center for Bioethics. This 30 credit hour interdisciplinary program offers a broad exposure of the history, topics, and issues of bioethics, drawing on the strengths and expertise of our diverse faculty and OSU resources.

The MA program is an ideal fit for professionals in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, social work, veterinary medicine, genetic counseling, public policy, and biotechnology as well as science researchers. Graduate and professional students in any bioethics related fields are also welcome. Part-time and full-time (at least 8 credit hrs per semester) program options are available. Most part-time students will likely complete the program in 2-3 years by taking four to five classes a year. Ambitious full-time students may complete the program in as little as three semesters.

Requirements for the MA in Bioethics:

  • 15 credit hours in core courses
  • 12 credit hours in elective courses
  • 3 credit hours of ethics practicum OR
  • 3 credit hours to complete a thesis

Total: 30 credits

Graduate Minor in Bioethics

The Graduate Minor in Bioethics was created to enhance the education of those seeking degrees in other graduate programs at Ohio State University. The Graduate Minor is offered as an online program and requires 12 credits (6 core; 6 elective) from BIOETHC courses. For more information, contact Courtney Thiele at

OSU Bioethics Faculty

The faculty for the MA program bring a diversity of expertise and experience in bioethics. Particular strengths of faculty include: clinical ethics, research ethics, religion and bioethics, law/policy and bioethics.

Featured faculty include:

  • Ryan Nash, MD, MA
  • Ashley Fernandes, MD, PhD
  • Courtney Thiele, JD, MA
  • Matthew Vest, MA, PhD
  • Dana Howard, PhD
  • Frederick Villamena, PhD
  • Ioan Beldean, MA
  • Sheria Wilson, MD, MA
  • Matthew Chetta, MD, MA,
  • Nicole Shirilla, MD, MA, Med
  • Janet Childerhose, PhD

Bioethics as a Field

Bioethics functions as an interdisciplinary field that reflects on a variety of social and scientific practices and policies. Bioethics is deeply related to what traditionally was known as “medical ethics”, and yet bioethics involves a broader range of social, ecological, technological matters pertaining to bios or life. As such, rather than serving as a first professional degree, this MA in bioethics serves primarily as an advanced, parallel-track program to enhance other professional training and experience.

Primary Courses for MA in Bioethics

Primary Courses for MA in Bioethics

Core Courses

Elective Courses

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