In the College of Global Public Health’s pioneering Master of Arts in Bioethics degree, you’ll learn the concept of ethics from an interdisciplinary perspective that embodies the challenges experienced in the medical and environmental fields.

If you’re ready to develop your analytical skills and think critically about pressing bioethical and environmental issues, then we encourage you to apply to the MA in Bioethics program today. Learn more about what we look for, when to apply, and what we require in our applications below.

Who Should Apply?

The MA in Bioethics program is suited to students who are considering subsequent careers in bioethics, philosophy, medicine, law, government or public health, continuing their education to a doctoral program in related fields. Others primarily want a better grasp of some of the central, most pressing moral and social issues of our time. We count recent college graduates, medical students, practicing attorneys, nurses, physicians, and writers among our community of scholars.


For the fall semester, applications received by February 1 will be given priority.

For the spring semester, applications received by November 1 will be given priority. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis thereafter, with a preference for fellowship assistance given to earlier applicants.


Full-time students will be able to complete the degree in a single calendar year. If you are enrolled part-time, you may take two or three courses a year. The core courses are given in the early evening to accommodate students otherwise employed. Some electives are earlier in the day.

How To Apply

The MA in Bioethics program requires that students apply to our program using SOPHAS. To be considered for review, a complete application must be submitted by the appropriate deadlines.

All applicants are required to submit the following:

  • The completed SOPHAS application, including application fee

  • B.A., B.S., R.N., M.D., J.D., or other professional degrees, preferably with one or more courses in medical, professional, or environmental ethics; philosophy; medical anthropology; history or sociology; health care administration, law, or policy; ecology and environmental policy

  • Personal statement

  • Resume or CV

  • Essay (roughly 10 pages double spaced) discussing ethical issue in bioethics

  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Official GRE scores taken within the past 5 years. The GRE must be taken again if your GRE scores are older than 5 years. When ordering test reports from ETS, you must include the proper institution code for the NYU GPH (8752). Applicants may request a waiver of the GRE requirements if they hold a Ph.D. or post-baccalaureate professional degree (e.g. M.D., J.D.), or if they have taken the MCAT or LSAT. Contact the program directly at to request a waiver.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) from all applicants whose native language is not English and who did not receive the equivalent of a US bachelor's degree at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction.

Please consult the MA in Bioethics application instructions for more details.

The Master of Arts in Bioethics accepts applications on a rolling basis. Start your application on SOPHAS now!

The Center for Bioethics

The foundation of the MA in Bioethics degree is the NYU Center for Bioethics, launched in September 2007 with a Chair endowed by Dr. Arthur Zitrin, who for over 40 years was a prime mover in ethics education at the NYU Medical Center.