Program Description

Loma Linda University’s MA in Bioethics program provides a dynamic, interdisciplinary approach to exploring historic traditions of ethical thought while also developing critical skills for dealing with contemporary, moral, and social issues facing society today.  An integral part of the program is the opportunity to gain clinical experience while learning from experienced, qualified professors, all within a Christian context and perspective.

Students may choose to enroll in this program concurrently with the following other programs:  Medicine (MD), Dentistry (DDS), Pharmacy (PharmD), PhD in Clinical Psychology, Psychology (PsyD), PhD in Nursing, PhD in Social Policy & Social Research.

A post-baccalaureate certificate program is also available for students who wish to complete only the coursework within the Program.

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Program Length

MA program: 48 units of coursework, plus comprehensive exams. Students must also prepare a publishable research paper targeted toward a bioethics or clinical journal, and an oral defense of their paper. Post-baccalaureate Certificate: 28 units of coursework only; no additional requirements.

Possible Careers

This program is especially valuable for those preparing for careers as clinical ethicists, nurses, physicians, dentists, theologians, lawyers, and most healthcare professions.

Application Deadlines

QuarterApplication OpenPriority DeadlineFinal Deadline
Winter of 2020Jul 1, 2018Dec 1, 2019
Spring of 2020Oct 1, 2018Mar 1, 2020
Summer of 2020Jan 1, 2019Jun 1, 2020
Autumn of 2020Apr 1, 2019Sep 1, 2020
Winter of 2021Jul 1, 2019Dec 1, 2020

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution; minimum 3.3 gpa
  • GRE scores with following minimums:
    • 60th percentile on verbal and quantitative sections
    • 4.0 out of 6.0 on the analytical writing section
  • An 800-word essay on the applicant’s background and goals, and how a bioethics degree would further these goals
  • An admissions interview
  • International: Internet-based TOEFL test score of 83 or higher (computer and paper-based tests vary)


 Please reference the Admissions Requirements.
Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2019-2020

Year of Program:Year 1Year 2
Books & Supplies$400$400
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)


Expected costs for the 2019-2020 academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.

Scholarship opportunities exist through the LLU School of Religion, please contact us to inquire.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2019-2020, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program:Year 1Year 2
Months enrolled99
Room & Board$11,655$11,655
Personal Expenses$2,070$2,070


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.