Online Master of Arts in Bioethics

College of Medicine
Receive meaningful access to faculty and leading experts in Bioethics.

The Master of Arts (MA) in Bioethics degree is an innovative and interdisciplinary program offered by The Ohio State University's College of Medicine. With no residency requirements, this program is available entirely online to healthcare professionals, research scientists, legal and policy professionals, graduate students, and others. Through small classes with meaningful access to Ohio State faculty and other leading experts in bioethics, this program is a progressive and intuitive way to engage the ethical questions and puzzles prominent in the diverse realms of medicine, healthcare, biomedical research and life sciences. The course offerings allow for students to focus on clinical medical ethics, research ethics and other areas of bioethics. With this flexible master's program, students can choose a course load each semester that meets their career and life demands. Typically, students complete the program in six semesters.

The core program goals are: 

  • To identify common moral problems and ethical issues in research, medicine, healthcare, and the life sciences
  • To distinguish ethical questions from scientific and/or legal questions
  • To contribute towards moral research & healthcare policies informed by both empirical & theoretical scholarship in bioethics


Campus Requirements: 
NONE — 100% Online
Dr. Hevil Shah, graduate of the online bioethics master's program, smiles in his headshot against a blue background.
Dr. Hevil Shah
"The bioethics master's program made me a better physician. Now that I have the training, I can have those difficult conversations with my staff and the families and try to provide closure."

Sample Courses


Theory and Foundations of Bioethics

Philosophical survey of the moral foundations of contemporary bioethics theories and health care policies.

Biomedical Research Ethics

Examination of importance of ethics in research concerning advanced biomedical sciences, public regulation, and more.

Clinical Bioethics

Exploration of major clinical ethical issues confronting the practices of medical and biomedical science.

Bioethics, Health Law & Public Policy

Examination of constitutional foundations of health care law applicable to pertinent legal issues in contemporary healthcare and biomedical science.

Featured Faculty

Online bioethics master's instructor Dr. Ashley Fernandes smiles in his professional headshot.
Associate Director, Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities

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