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 M/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.