Courtni France

Master of Arts in

Bioethics & Science Policy

Receive more info Apply Now

The MA program recognizes that each student has unique academic needs and career goals. We work individually with each student to tailor elective choices, plan the capstone experience, and explore job opportunities.

Students are paired with academic advisors who provide guidance throughout the educational experience. Advisors can offer advice on everything from course selection and capstone topics to the best place to get a pizza in Durham; our goal is to provide students with the support they need to enjoy a rich learning experience.


Where do our graduates end up?

Post-graduation placements for MA Students


Duke faculty and staff will also help you consider career options and connect you to job opportunities. We also have developed networks among governmental agencies, health systems, pharmaceutical and scientific companies, law firms, non-profits, and other organizations to help students enter or return to the workplace after graduation. Plus, you have the opportunity to meet representatives from policy organizations and experts in bioethics and science policy both in MA courses and in our speaker series and workshops.


Sample Post-Graduation Career Placements


Grad. Year Degree Capstone Project Placement/Thesis Topic Post-graduation Career
2020 MA Invitae Invitae Genetic Testing, Lake Forest, CA
2020 MA Duke Lab: Peter Ubel Duke Lab: Peter Ubel
2019 MA Social-ecological networks and zoonotic disease in rural Madagascar Duke Margolis Center, Durham, NC
2019 MA Intel Corporation Gorgias, San Francisco, CA
2018 JD/MA Greenhouse gas emissions Clerk, Judge Allyson K. Duncan, US Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
2018 JD/MA Clerk, Judge Hardiman, US Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
2018 MA Duke Data+, SciComm Among Scientists Research Associate, Duke SciPol, Duke Humans & Autonomy Lab
2018 MA National Human Genome Research Institute Associate Regulatory Scientist at 23andMe
2018 JD/MA Clerk, Chief Judge James C. Dever III, US District Court, Eastern District of NC
2018 MA NIH, National Human Genome Research Institute Policy Analyst at NHGRI
2018 JD/MA Clerk, Judge Guzman, Supreme Court of Texas
2018 MA Margolis Center for Health Policy IQVIA, Analyst in Real World Enriched Studies
2018 MA National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Proposals & Contracts Specialist, Nuventra Pharma Sciences
2018 MA Medicare/Hospice reimbursement research project Medical School, Duke School of Medicine
2017 MA Quintiles Senior Clinical Research Specialist, Duke Global Digital Health Science Center
2017 MA Biomarkers and Suggogate End Points Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
2017 JD/MA US State Attorney’s Office Associate, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
2017 MA Palliative Care for Pediatric Oncology Patients in Tanzania Keenan Fellow, Duke
2017 MA Margolis Center, normalizing European and American drug approval procedures Associate, Pew Charitable Trusts
2017 MA The ethics of hand transplant surgery SSU & Regulatory Specialist, Syneos Health
2017 MA Intel, data privacy Health Policy Fellow, Future of Privacy Forum
2017 MA Sigma Xi, developing research ethics curriculum for undergrads Environmental Science & Policy Associate, EPA
2017 MA Medical School, East Tennessee State University

MA Duke Medical School & Divinity School, Pastoral Care Project Medical School, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University
2017 MA Legislative Asst, US Senate, Senator Jeff Flake (AZ)
2017 JD/MA Associate, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
2016 MA Helix Policy Analyst at Helix
2016 MA Senior Policy Advisor, Milieu Ltd
2016 MA Editas Medicine Editas Medicine
2016 MA Reproductive Health in China Duke Neurobiology Lab
2016 MA Center for Death Penalty Litigation Health Sciences Grad School, Erasmus University
2016 MA Quintiles Bioethics & Science Policy, Quintiles
2016 MA Office of Regulatory Affairs & Quality, Duke School of Medicine Fellow, Duke Center on Law & Technology
2016 JD/MA Cooley LLP IP (Patent) Litigation Specialist, Cooley LLP
2016 MA The National Ecological Observatory Network, NSF Field Tech, National Ecological Observatory Network
2016 MA Ariely Lab, Center for Advanced Hindsight Cornell Law School
2015 MA NHGRI Duke Law School
2015 MA National Human Genome Research Institute Health policy analyst, NHGRI
2015 MA Duke IRB IRB specialist, science writer, Duke IRB
2015 MA Unconventional Methods for a Traditional Setting: The Use of Neurointerventions to Reduce Implicit Racial Bias in the Courtroom Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society, Harvard Law School
2015 MA Risk Communication NeuroVice
2015 MA Center for Science in the Public Interest Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
2015 MA Helix Helix, Bain & Company