Master of Arts in

Bioethics & Science Policy

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The Duke Masters in Bioethics & Science Policy program teaches students how to identify, analyze, and propose solutions to myriad complex issues at the intersection of science, technology, ethics, and policy.

Our curriculum is distinct in its focus on bioethics and science policy, rather than bioethics or medical ethics alone. Today’s world of rapid progress in the sciences has seen an increased demand for professionals with expertise in the ethical and policy implications of an increasingly broad range of scientific areas. Our expanded focus provides a broader education, opens more opportunities to graduating students, and prepares students to meet an ever-growing need in society.

To achieve these goals, the curriculum is comprised of:

  • 4 Core Courses
  • 5 Electives
  • 1 Concentration (optional)
  • Practicum or Thesis

The curriculum addresses:

  • The ethical, legal, and social policy concerns arising from advances in science and medical technology, particularly at the intersection of life sciences, biotechnology, medicine, politics, law, and philosophy
  • Principles of bioethics, including respect for persons, beneficence, justice, and democratic deliberation
  • Methodologies, including foundational principlism, casuistic, communitarianism, virtue ethics, legal and political systems and analysis, deliberative decision-making, and data analysis