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.