Master of Science Degree in Bioethics

MS in Bioethics from University of Mary

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Joan Mangino – (701) 739-1300

Groundbreaking New Master of Science Degree in Bioethics

The University of Mary announces the development of a new graduate degree program in bioethics, offered in partnership with the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC). We are now accepting applications for the inaugural class, with priority consideration offered to applications submitted prior to June 15, 2015.

Students submitting applications prior to July 1, 2015 will have their application fees waived! Simply enter BIOETHICS16 in the “Discount” field when completing the application, and know that the field is case sensitive.

The bioethics program will explore many of today’s most pressing issues in health care ethics, and is ideal for undergraduates pursuing careers in health care; graduate students in fields including medicine, law, business, and public affairs; as well as health care professionals concerned with bioethical medicine.

Program Structure & Outline

Students will complete a blend of flexible coursework, which may be completed online by students across the country or in the evenings for students in Bismarck, along with four planned in-person seminars on Bismarck’s main campus. The MS in Bioethics is completed in two separate sections. Students first complete the NCBC Certification program, and upon completion receive graduate credit for that coursework. Once completed, students then begin the University of Mary coursework to complete the Master’s degree.

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June 15, 2015: Application Deadline for Priority Consideration in MS in Bioethics Program
August 28-29, 2015: Two-Day NCBC Seminar in Bismarck
September 2015 through May 2016: Completion of NCBC Certification Program
May 2016 through April 2017: Completion of University of Mary Coursework
April 27-29, 2017: Research Colloquium & Graduation.

NCBC Certification Program in Health Care Ethics

With this groundbreaking program, the University of Mary has partnered with NCBC to offer the instruction. Students in this opening cohort will begin their NCBC certification in late August 2015, unless they have already completed the certification program.

The first component of this flexible, blended certification program is an on-campus seminar, hosted at the University of Mary campus in Bismarck, August 28-29.  Students will complete most of the remaining coursework online at a distance. More information can be found at

About the NCBC Certification Program

The National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) certification program is designed to aid dioceses, hospitals, and ethics committees in applying the Catholic moral tradition to challenging contemporary issues in health care. The University of Mary will offer 12 graduate credits to students who complete the NCBC certification modules. To receive graduate credits, you must also attend a weekend Bioethics Intensive session in one of three locations, including an option here on our campus in Bismarck, North Dakota.

We will host our two-day Weekend Bioethics Intensive session August 28-29, 2015, giving an overview of bioethics in the Catholic tradition, presented by speakers from the NCBC.