Application Procedure

ZSRLibraryforWebThe following application procedures refer to the Master of Arts in Bioethics.  The Graduate Certificate in Bioethics and the Joint Degree Programs have similar, but particular, admissions requirements and procedures.  Please view the program specific pages for detailed information.

Applications are made to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in accordance with the admission procedures described in the Bulletin and the on-line application materials.  For a full description of application procedures, please see the Graduate School’s Admissions page.

Application materials should be submitted directly to the Reynolda Campus Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  A complete application will contain all of the following:

  • Application for admission
  • Official transcripts – find more information here.
  • Three letters of recommendations using the appropriate guidelines.
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume
  • Statement of Interest – Found near the end of the application for admission, the statement of interest should be approximately 300-600 words describing how you expect the Master of Arts in Bioethics will relate to your current and/or future work and interests. More information here.
  • Application fee
  • GRE scores (see below)

Deadlines – For fall admission, the priority date for submission of application materials to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is January 15.  Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a rolling basis until May 31 or until the class is filled.  Please contact Vicky Zickmund , MBA MHS,  Associate Director, MA Program in Bioethics with questions.

For spring admission, the priority date for submission of application materials is November 1.

To ensure full consideration for institutional financial support, complete applications should be submitted by March 15 for fall admission and by November 1 for spring admission.  Applicants will be considered for institutional financial support after that time, but funds are limited.  For more information on financial support, see Tuition & Financial Support.

GRE Requirement

Applicants to the Graduate School are ordinarily required to have taken the GRE within the past 5 years.  The GRE requirement may be waived for Master of Arts in Bioethics applicants who demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • An advanced degree (master’s or doctoral level or other terminal degree) in a relevant field;
  • More than 5 years of professional experience in a relevant field (e.g., health care delivery, laboratory science, health administration, research oversight);
  • Admission to an advanced degree program in a relevant field within the past 5 years, or submission of verifiable test scores from another graduate or professional entrance examination in a relevant field, within the past 5 years.

Determination of eligibility for waiver is made by the Bioethics Program Admissions Committee.  Applicants seeking waiver of the GRE requirement should send a request along with a current curriculum vitae or resume to Vicky Zickmund.  The Admissions Committee may request more information before making a decision.  Waiver requests should be submitted in time for prospective students to take the GRE if necessary.

Waiver of the GRE requirement does not guarantee admission to the program.  If applicants have taken the GRE or another graduate or professional entrance examination in a relevant field, within the past 5 years, scores must be submitted for review.