Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


BA - MA / BE

Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Bioethics

Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Bioethics

Where can this degree take me?

If you want to have the credential and the credibility to influence the crucial ethical decisions facing our contemporary culture, here is your chance. The Dual Degree in Bioethics will allow you to engage, thoughtfully, compassionately and Biblically with bioethical issues like medical ethics, embryonic stem cell research, physician-assisted suicide, and abortion. The bioethics master’s degree will enhance any major, but is a strong complement to professions in health care, science, education, psychology, media communications, law, public, policy and church ministry. The Dual Degree can be entered as early as the summer before the junior year, with completion of the MA possible in the summer following the senior year of college, in time to enter professional and graduate schools along with your peers. Opportunities for internships/networking are available through the world-class Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity on our Deerfield campus. Our students who have completed the MA in Bioethics attest to the competitive advantage this credential affords them as they apply for jobs or pursue admission to medical schools, graduate schools and other professional schools.

Whether you are preparing for a career in health care, public policy, education, or advocacy, the BA/MA in Bioethics will provide the Christian foundation you need to approach your work with skill and spiritual sensitivity. You will have the opportunity to network with other professionals in class and during our annual bioethics conference, where you can explore the variety of disciplines that intersect with bioethics. Some students find the degree useful in a law practice. Doctors and health care workers value the opportunity to learn to think about their ethical decisions before making them in the hospital. Pastors appreciate the program’s ability to help them care for families in times of loss. Because the program draws upon so many disciplines—health care, law, theology—graduate from an array of backgrounds gain rich experience.

Trinity’s Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Bioethics program is ideal if you are entering or active in the workplace and you desire to engage contemporary culture in more depth. If you are a healthcare professional, lawyer, scientist, educator, minister, nonprofit leader, or you aspire to address bioethics issues in your future career, you will find that this program is exactly what you need.

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity

As a part of the program, you will have the opportunity to engage in rich discussion and educational events through The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity, a Christian bioethics research center located on campus that explores the nexus of biomedicine, biotechnology, and our common humanity. CBHD fosters a distinctly Christian conception of bioethics that is both academically rigorous and broadly accessible. Internships are also available through the center.

What courses will I take?

Course descriptions for undergraduate courses are listed in the Trinity College Catalog. Course descriptions for graduate courses are listed in the Trinity Graduate School Catalog (see “Course Descriptions”). Students are expected to consult with their undergraduate and graduate advisors to make individual adjustments to the curricular plan as necessary.

  • Freshman, Sophomore, & Junior Years

    Undergraduate Course Work:
    BI 101 Understanding the Old Testament –or–
    BI 111 Understanding the New Testament 3 hours
    BI 210 Biblical Interpretation 3 hours
    PH 180 Introduction to Philosophy 3 hours
    BIO 111 General Biology –or–
    BIO 103 Introductory Biology 3 hours
    Other general education courses and required major courses
    Undergraduate general education requirements that will be fulfilled by graduate-level courses and need not be duplicated with undergraduate work:
    ID 5001 Foundations of Integrative Thought replaces either BI 101 or BI 111
    ID 5002 Foundations of Cultural Engagement replaces one course in the Religious and Ethnic Diversity subcategory
    Any Approved Undergraduate major, general education, or elective course: (3 hours) of graduate credit can replace 3 hours of undergraduate credit.
    Service Learning Requirement:
    Students can fulfill Trinity College’s Service Learning Requirement by working with The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity on the summer National Bioethics Conference, with optional free attendance at the conferences in the summers following the freshman and sophomore years.
    Junior Year:
    Upon completion of 70 hours with a 3.0 GPA, students must submit an application and letter of recommendation to Trinity Graduate School Admissions to be accepted to the Dual Degree Program.

  • Senior Year

    Summer Before Senior Year:
    Graduate Course Work:
    ID 5001 Foundations of Integrative Thought* 3 hours
    ID 5002 Foundations of Cultural Engagement* 3 hours
    BE 5100 Intensive Bioethics Institute 4 hours
    BE 5900 Bioethics National Conference 3 hours
    *These two courses begin in the summer and are completed in the fall session.
    Senior Year:
    Course Work:
    Complete course requirements for general education and major. A full academic course load must include at least 12 hours of graduate and undergraduate courses per semester.
    Graduate Course Work:
    Fall Semester:
    Complete or take ID 5001 and IDS 5002 (6 hours)
    PR 7220 Ethical Theory 3 hours
    Spring Semester:
    BE 5499 The Public Policy Context (optional) 1 hour
    BE 5500 Bioethics and Public Policy 2 hours
    BE 5299 The Clinical Context 1 hour
    BE 5300 Clinical Issues in Bioethics 2 hours
    —Undergraduate Bachelor of Arts Degree Completed—
    Summer Following Senior Year:
    Graduate Course Work:
    BE 6500 Advanced Bioethics Institute 4 hours
    BE 5900 Bioethics National Conference 3 hours
    BE 7700 Bioethics Seminar 3 hours
    Bioethics Capstone
    BE 7476 Bioethics Comprehensive Examination –or–
    BE 7478 Bioethics Capstone Projects –or–
    BE 7480 Bioethics Capstone Integrative Paper –or–
    BE 7485 Thesis† 0-4 hours
    †BE 7485 requires ID 6910, a research methods course, as a prerequisite.
    —Master of Arts Degree Completed—