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Master of Science in Bioethics


Master of Science in Bioethics, Comprehensive

Students are able to earn a master’s degree in bioethics via our online offerings. For those interested in a clinical focus, there also is one on-site course offered in which the students participate in mock consults, standardized  patient interviews and interact with clinicians about real cases. Everything else can be done in the comfort of your home. Our students are varied in profession, age and geography and therefore bring an unmatched diversity to the online classroom. Thus far, we have worked with students from all over the U.S., as well as Europe and Asia.

The Alden March Bioethics Institute's Online Master's of Science degree in Bioethics provides mid-career professionals and highly motivated post-baccalaureate students with an opportunity to supplement their current educational or career training with cutting-edge, innovative, and challenging coursework in bioethics.

The Master of Science in Bioethics degree is designed to provide the skills to analyze ethical situations that arise in health care, public health, pastoral care, patient advocacy, medical social work, medical research, and the life sciences. These skills include the ability to identify ethical dilemmas, to create and scrutinize policies and practices in various settings, and to think and write critically about these issues.

Our program has the flexibility to meet the educational goals of our students. Students can complete the program entirely online or join us on-site for our Capstone in Clinical Ethics, which provides specialized training in ethics consultation.

Our large selection of electives permits our students to customize their program by emphasizing clinical ethics, research ethics or health policy. Students complete six required core courses addressing clinical ethics, philosophical basis of bioethics, law and bioethics, research ethics, public health ethics, and empirical bioethics. Students complete three electives.

Students earning the M.S. degree will complete 30 credits of coursework in bioethics including a final project. The master's project may be formatted as a traditional thesis, publishable journal articles, or a practical project. Tuition for each 3 credit course is $2,575.

For more information, please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Studies at bioethics@mail.amc.edu or (518) 262-2639.

 

Master of Science in Bioethics, Concentration in Clinical Ethics Consultation

In addition to the traditional Master of Science in Bioethics described above, qualified applicants may elect to obtain the Master in Science in Bioethics with a Concentration in Clinical Ethics Consultation from Albany Medical College. As with the traditional Master of Science in Bioethics (MS) Program, students must complete a 10-course curriculum for 30 hours graduate credit. This master’s program with a concentration in clinical ethics consultation permits a student to enroll in a program and is designed to provide advanced training and supervision in the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) educational core competencies and skills core competencies sequentially over a period of two years. To obtain this degree, a student must first complete the AMBI certificate in clinical ethics coursework (four 3-hour graduate courses) in year one (or an equivalent course) and the AMBI virtual fellowship coursework (five 3-hour graduate courses) in year two, while also during year two completing the master’s project (AMBI a 3-hour graduate course).

The requirements for both the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics and the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics Consultation (the AMBI virtual fellowship) are described more fully here. Both graduate certificate programs were specifically designed for working health care professionals including physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, patient advocates and patient representatives, risk managers, hospital administrators, health care attorneys, and others, who wish to obtain formal, structured training in the ASBH educational and skills core competencies.

Tuition for each 3-credit graduate course is $2,575. Travel costs for the student to participate in the On-site Practicum in Clinical Ethics course (AMBI 603) required to complete the Certificate in Clinical Ethics and in the on-site component of the Conflict Competence course (AMBI 720) required to complete the Certificate in Clinical Ethics Consultation are not included in the tuition charges.

For additional questions about the Master of Science in Bioethics with a Concentration in Clinical Ethics Consultation, please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Studies at bioethics@mail.amc.edu or (518) 262-2639.

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