Six hours automatically double-count in both degrees; and up to nine more hours can also double-count if the right courses are selected. In sum: only 15 hours beyond the MA-Leadership degree are required in order to earn the MA-Bioethics degree as well.
Students in either the MA in Bioethics (MA/BE) or the MA in Leadership (MA/L) degree program can add the other degree without substantially lengthening their stay at Trinity. There is a rapidly growing need in society for leadership to address bioethical challenges in the lives of individuals, families, communities, and the larger world. Such leaders ideally need more training in leadership (for example, non-profit, organizational, or international leadership) than a bioethics degree alone can provide, and they need more training in bioethics than a leadership degree can provide. Moreover, there is a societal movement toward requiring a credential, such as a bioethics Master’s degree, for individuals involved in bioethical decision making in many arenas where people with leadership training work. In light of Trinity’s global leadership role in bioethics, the ability of students to add the MA/BE degree/credential to their MA/L degree is an attractive option for Trinity students.
- Only 15 hours of Master’s-level coursework in bioethics beyond the MA/L degree are required.
- Students can participate in the May Commencement for both degrees at the end of their final academic year (assuming no more than 6 non-capstone hours remain to be completed in the summer that follows).
- Students complete a single 3-hour capstone course on a topic in the realm of “Leadership and Bioethics,” which counts as 3 hours in each of the two degree programs. If a bioethics professor oversees the course it should be registered as a bioethics capstone, and if a leadership professor oversees the course it should be registered as a leadership capstone.
- Students can take the required foundations courses either as BE 5001 + BE 5002 or as LR 5001 + LR 5002. Either way they will count as 6 hours in each of the two degree programs.
- Students can double-count 6 other hours of courses taken in the MA/BE program as elective hours in their MA/L program.
- If 6 such hours are not completed in the MA/L degree program, then the missing hours must be added to the 15 hours needed to complete the MA/BE degree.
- The following courses must be taken either within the MA/L degree program or as part of the additional 15 hours for the MA/BE degree program: