Basic Idea

Six hours automatically double-count in both degrees; and up to nine more hours can also double-count if the right courses are selected. In sum: only 15 hours beyond the MA-Leadership degree are required in order to earn the MA-Bioethics degree as well.

Description

Students in either the MA in Bioethics (MA/BE) or the MA in Leadership (MA/L) degree program can add the other degree without substantially lengthening their stay at Trinity. There is a rapidly growing need in society for leadership to address bioethical challenges in the lives of individuals, families, communities, and the larger world. Such leaders ideally need more training in leadership (for example, non-profit, organizational, or international leadership) than a bioethics degree alone can provide, and they need more training in bioethics than a leadership degree can provide. Moreover, there is a societal movement toward requiring a credential, such as a bioethics Master’s degree, for individuals involved in bioethical decision making in many arenas where people with leadership training work. In light of Trinity’s global leadership role in bioethics, the ability of students to add the MA/BE degree/credential to their MA/L degree is an attractive option for Trinity students. 

Features 

  • Only 15 hours of Master’s-level coursework in bioethics beyond the MA/L degree are required.
  • Students can participate in the May Commencement for both degrees at the end of their final academic year (assuming no more than 6 non-capstone hours remain to be completed in the summer that follows).
  • Students complete a single 3-hour capstone course on a topic in the realm of “Leadership and Bioethics,” which counts as 3 hours in each of the two degree programs. If a bioethics professor oversees the course it should be registered as a bioethics capstone, and if a leadership professor oversees the course it should be registered as a leadership capstone.
  • Students can take the required foundations courses either as BE 5001 + BE 5002 or as LR 5001 + LR 5002. Either way they will count as 6 hours in each of the two degree programs.
  • Students can double-count 6 other hours of courses taken in the MA/BE program as elective hours in their MA/L program.
  • If 6 such hours are not completed in the MA/L degree program, then the missing hours must be added to the 15 hours needed to complete the MA/BE degree.
  • The following courses must be taken either within the MA/L degree program or as part of the additional 15 hours for the MA/BE degree program: 
BE 5000Introduction to Bioethics: Matters of Life and Death3
or BE 5100 Intensive Bioethics Institute
BE 5200Research Ethics2
BE 5300Clinical Issues in Bioethics2
BE 5500Bioethics and Public Policy2
BE 6100Bioethics Colloquium1
BE 6500Advanced Bioethics Institute3
PR 7220Ethical Theory3
Total Hours16

Model Curricular Plan

The actual curricular plan will vary with individuals. In this model curricular plan, students would take the following courses (in addition to the MA/L courses including 5001, 5002, and the capstone):

Any fall or summer before the final year of MA/L studies:
BE 5000Introduction to Bioethics: Matters of Life and Death3
or BE 5100 Intensive Bioethics Institute
Any fall of MA/L studies after completing BE 5000 or BE 5100:
BE 5200Research Ethics2
BE 5499The Public Policy Context 11
BE 5500Bioethics and Public Policy2
Any spring of MA/L studies after completing BE 5000 or BE 5100:
BE 5299The Clinical Context 11
BE 5300Clinical Issues in Bioethics2
BE 6100Bioethics Colloquium1
PR 7220Ethical Theory3
Any fall, spring, or summer of MA/L studies after completing BE 5000 or BE 5100:
Any bioethics elective(s)3
Near the end of MA/BE studies:
BE 6500Advanced Bioethics Institute3
Total Hours21
1

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