Where do I go to apply?

When you are ready to apply, please begin by going to the graduate application web site: 

Once you link to the application page, please select Biomedical Sciences in Program of Interest, then choose Areas of Interest: Bioethics & Health Policy. (The application fee is waived when applying online)  NOTE: If applying by paper application, via mail, a $40 application fee is required. If you have any immediate questions, please e-mail Robbin Hiller at

What are the application deadlines?

Applications for the master's and certificate programs are accepted on a rolling basis and students are admitted for fall, spring and summer start dates. Applications for the doctoral program are admitted for the fall and spring only. Applicants are encouraged to apply by the deadlines.

MA & Certificate Program:  Fall - August 1st; Spring - January 5th; Summer - May 15th
Doctoral Program: Fall - July 1st; Spring - December 1st; Summer - May 1st

International applicants should allow 3-4 months for transcript evaluations to be processed by Educational Credential Evaluators ( or Educational Perspectives (

How do I get more information?

If you would like more information about our graduate program, please complete the form by clicking here.  Select Bioethics & Health Policy as your 'Academic Interest', complete the form and click on "Send Me More Information."

What background is required for this program?

Admission will be based on demonstrated ability in related professional and academic experience. Typical applicants to the Master's and Doctoral degree programs should have an advanced academic (PhD, MA, MS) or professional degree (MD, DO, DDS, PharmD, JD, BSN, MSN, MSW, STD, DMin, MPH, etc) and work experience in a related profession.

Applicants who do not have a graduate or professional degree but are simultaneously pursuing another graduate or professional degree may submit MCAT, LSAT, or GMAT scores in lieu of the GRE (not required).

Applicants who have a bachelor’s degree and are not currently pursuing other professional studies are encouraged to apply to the certificate program. The certificate program may be taken as a stand-alone certificate; others pursue the certificate as a point of entry into the MA program (for more information about the certificate, please see below).

Transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work are required for admission. Applicants ordinarily must have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (3.67 or higher for doctoral program) in their previous courses of study. For more information on Graduate School admission policies, go here:

Do I need to maintain continuous registration?

The professional doctorate, master's and certificate programs require continuous registration (excluding summer). This means that students who matriculate into this program should plan on registering for at least one course a semester. The program cannot accommodate students who are not able to maintain continuous registration. Before applying, please make sure that you are able to commit the necessary amount of time and resources to fulfill the demands of this program.

What material will I need to apply for the MA or Certificate program?

To apply for admission to the MA in bioethics or certificate program, the following documents are required from domestic applicants:

  • A completed online admission application
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose (this is a brief, one page statement that explains your interest in this program. Why are you applying? How will you integrate this degree into your career?)
  • Writing Sample (this should be a piece of writing that shows us you are able to write clearly and think critically. It may be something written for an academic course, something you've published, or even something written for work)

What material will I need to apply for the doctoral program?

Applications are now being accepted for both fall and spring start dates!
Doctoral applicants must have a Master's degree in Bioethics or Health Care Ethics. To apply for admission to the doctoral program, the following documents are required from domestic applicants:

  • A completed online admission application.
  • Completion of a Master's degree in bioethics with a GPA of 3.67 or higher.
  • Evidence of scholarly ability (e.g. publication in a peer-reviewed journal). Because peer-reviewed publication is a major outcome of the doctoral program, evidence of writing ability at a publishable level is a major admission criterion.
  • Evidence of ability to participate in practical ethics activities (e.g. participation on an ethics committee, institutional review board, conflict of interest committee or other similar activity, conducting ethics consultations, providing ethics leadership)
  • Official transcripts, only supplemental transcripts required for our graduates.
  • Three letters of recommendation (graduates of Loyola's MA in Bioethics program require one letter; that letter must be from a source external from the program)
  • Statement of Purpose (this is a brief, one page statement that explains your interest in this program. Why are you applying? How will you integrate this degree into your career?)

What about the Certificate option?

In addition to the Master's degree (M.A.) and professional doctorate degree (D.Bioethics.) programs, we also offer a certificate option. A certificate is awarded for completion of twelve credits (4 courses). Requirements for the Certificate include Clinical Bioethics, and at least one of the following: Biomedical Ethics and the Law, Justice and Health Care, or Principles of Healthcare Ethics. Students that wish to matriculate into the MA program may apply certificate credit toward the MA degree. Certificate applicants are not required to possess a graduate or professional degree. Please use the online application form noted above. To meet the needs of those working in Catholic health systems, the certificate program is also available with a concentration in Catholic health care ethics.

What if I want to take only one course?

Applicants interested in enrolling in one course may do so by applying as a non-degree seeking student. Applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree in order to apply as such. Please use the online application form noted above. To apply for admission as a Non-Degree Seeking student, applicants are required to submit one set of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.

Where should I send my application materials?

Graduate and Professional Enrollment Management, 820 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60611 (If you have any questions regarding the application, please e-mail:

What do I need to do if I am an international applicant?

International applicants must have all transcripts evaluated and must provide the Graduate School Administration office with the evaluation.  All international applicants must submit a score from the TOEFL exam. Please see Loyola University Chicago for details:

How do I contact a staff member or faculty member?

Please call (708-327-9219) or e-mail:


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