Can I enroll part-time or switch to part-time status during the program?

Yes. You may enroll part-time or switch to part-time status during any term. Due to course sequencing, students who enroll part-time are advised to enter the program during term 1.

Can I take bioethics courses without enrolling in the degree program?

Yes. Non-degree seeking students may register for MBE classes and earn academic credit as a Special Student Limited.

Special students can take up to 16 credits of graduate level courses without formally enrolling in a degree program. Credits can be transferred for students who are accepted into the full-time or part-time MBE program. Johns Hopkins employees may be eligible for tuition remission.

For general information on taking MBE courses, please visit the Non-Degree Seeking Students page.

During which term should I start the program?

All students should start the program in Term 1 of each academic year. View the academic calendar for more information.

How long does it take to complete the program?

It is expected that most full-time students will complete all program requirements in 6 academic terms, with the majority of coursework completed in the first 4 terms. The minimum time to complete the degree is 1 calendar year. Part-time students must complete the degree within 4 years.

Can I take courses online?

Yes. Students may elect to complete up to 9 credits online. Online courses must be pre-approved.

Can I work while enrolled in the program?

Typically, yes. Many courses are offered late in the day or in early evening to accommodate the schedules of working professionals.

Will I have an advisor?

With guidance from the Program Director, once enrolled, each student develops an initial plan for his or her program of study. Students are then paired with faculty advisors who participate in refining study plans and guiding students during their studies.

What is the practicum requirement?

The bioethics program practicum (3 credits) pairs students with faculty and affiliated mentors who supervise applied ethics learning experiences in highly active clinical, global, public policy, or research/research oversight practice environments. The practicum requires 48 direct contact hours with the placement site. Faculty advisors guide each student in the identification and selection of a practicum site.

How can I satisfy the thesis requirement?

For the bioethics program thesis requirement (3 credits), students independently write a multi-part thesis on a specific topic in bioethics. Students must demonstrate an understanding of relevant theoretical, policy and practical considerations in constructing a well-organized critical examination of the topic. Students work closely with advisors to propose and select a thesis topic, identify thesis committee members, draft thesis sections, and prepare a final thesis. All students participate in a bioethics thesis seminar that supports the development and timely completion of the thesis.

What careers are available in bioethics?

Learn more about careers in bioethics.


Application Deadlines for the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Priority application deadline: Sunday, April 15, 2018

Final application deadline: Sunday, July 1, 2018
*Applications received after this date will not be reviewed.