Basic Idea

12 hours automatically double-count in both degrees, even for students earning the MA in Athletic Training as part of a dual degree program with their BA degree. One more hour (for a capstone course) can also double-count. In sum: only 17 hours beyond the MA in Athletic Training degree are required in order to earn the MA-Bioethics degree as well.


Students in the Master of Arts in Athletic Training (MA/AT) can add an MA in Bioethics (MA/BE) without substantially lengthening their stay at Trinity. There is a rapidly growing need in health-related professions for leadership to address bioethical challenges in the lives of individuals, families, communities, and the larger world. Such leaders need graduate-level education in both a profession such as athletic training and in bioethics. In fact, there is a societal movement toward requiring a credential, such as a bioethics Master’s degree, for individuals involved in bioethical decision making in various health-related fields. In light of Trinity’s global leadership role in bioethics, the ability of students to add the MA/BE degree/credential to their MA/AT degree is an attractive option for Trinity students.


  • Only 17 hours of master’s-level coursework in bioethics beyond the MA/AT degree is required—nearly all of which can be done from home online or via mentored independent study (after completing the MA/AT degree if necessary).
  • Students can participate in Commencement for both degrees as long as no more than 6 hours remain to be completed in the summer that follows.
  • One capstone course in the MA/AT degree program will fulfill the capstone requirement for the MA/BE degree as well—and will double-count as 1 elective hour in the MA/BE degree—as long as bioethical issues play a significant role in it (as certified to the Records Office by the professor overseeing the course).
  • Students need only take the 5001 and 5002 courses in one of the two degree programs (or in neither if students are in the dual degree program involving the BA and the MA/AT).
  • BE 5100 , BE 5299 , and BE 5300 will count toward both degree programs.

Model Curricular Plan 

Bioethics studies can take place throughout the MA/AT program or largely before or after it. Since BE 5001 (3 hours), BE 5002 (3 hours), and a 1-hour BE capstone will be waived in the 30-hour MA/BE degree, the 23 hours listed here are what remain to be taken. Six of these hours are required in the MA/AT program, so only 17 of these are additional hours.

Near the beginning of MA/BE studies
BE 5100Intensive Bioethics Institute3
Any fall of MA/BE studies after completing BE 5100:
BE 5200Research Ethics2
BE 5499The Public Policy Context 11
BE 5500Bioethics and Public Policy2
Any spring of MA/BE studies after completing BE 5100:
BE 5299The Clinical Context 11
BE 5300Clinical Issues in Bioethics2
PR 7220Ethical Theory3
Anytime during MA/BE studies (though the later the better)
Any bioethics elective(s)6
Near the end of MA/BE studies:
BE 6500Advanced Bioethics Institute3
Total Hours23

 These two courses provide remedial background understanding for BE 5300 and BE 5500. If either or both are not needed, then the 2-hour BE 5900 (Bioethics National Conference) course can be taken any summer, BE 6100 can be taken for 1 or 2 hours any spring, or an extra hour can be added to BE 6500, among other options.