Health Care Ethics Degree: Frequently Asked Questions

What are the minimum degree and GPA requirements for the program?
Can the graduate exam requirement be waived?
What is the admission process?
How many total credits are required?
How many sessions a year do you offer?
How many courses do I take per academic term?
How long will it take me to complete the program?
Is advising available for all students?
How and when do I get started?
What are the technology requirements for this program?

Q. What are the minimum degree and GPA requirements for the program?
A. Applicants for admission to the Master of Science program in Health Care Ethics must have a baccalaureate or higher degree. Applicants who do not hold a post-baccalaureate degree must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate study. Those who do not meet the minimum undergraduate GPA may request to take up to two courses in the program as a non-degree-seeking "special student." If they receive a "B" or higher in those two courses, prospective students can apply, and the minimum undergraduate GPA requirement will be waived.

Q. Can the graduate exam requirement be waived?
A. Yes. You can request an exam waiver if you already possess an advanced degree or can show evidence of successful completion of at least two graduate-level courses. While the GRE is generally the preferred exam for admission to the program, scores from other post-baccalaureate entrance exams will be accepted, including the MCAT, GMAT, LSAT and MAT.

Q. What is the admission process?
A. Applicants must submit the following documents before a candidate review can begin:

  • Application and application fee of $50
  • Curriculum vitae including relevant education and any employment history
  • Essay: Please respond to the following:
    • List three "big" questions in contemporary health care ethics, then choose one of them to answer or write a commentary on why you think this particular issue is important. Present your own ideas, using as much as possible your own words. If you include content from others, you should properly identify each source with a complete reference.
    • Explain how successful completion of this program will assist you inachieving your professional goals.
  • Recommendation forms: Three recommendation forms are required, to be completed and submitted by persons other than friends or family members who are capable of assessing an applicant's performance in an academic or work setting. Only recommendations from academic or professional acquaintances will be accepted.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts must be submitted from all colleges and universities attended. Transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution.
  • Graduate Record Examination official score report
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): All international applicants from countries in which English is not the primary language must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting a minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT (213 CBT/550 PBT). International applicants who received their baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited institution in the U.S., United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or Africa (English-speaking only) are not required to submit a TOEFL score report.
  • Please contact a Program Manager at 866.717.6365 for personalized guidance on the admission process.

Q. How many total credits are required?
A. The online M.S. in Health Care Ethics program consists of 33 credit hours (10 courses). All students complete the 30 hours of core courses and 3 hours of electives. For answers to your questions regarding your specific requirements, contact a Program Manager at 866.717.6365.

Q. How many sessions a year do you offer?
A. In order to align with the demanding schedules of today's professionals, we offers three sessions per year, typically beginning in January, May, and August. Request more information or contact a Program Manager at 866.717.6365 for the next session date.

Q. How many courses do I take per academic term?
A. Most adult students, who work full-time, take one online course per eight-week session. The online Master of Science in Health Care Ethics program offers six academic sessions per year, which means that most students take six courses per year.

Q. How long will it take me to complete the program?
A. If you take one online course per eight-week session, you will complete the program in less than two years.

Q. Is advising available for all students?
A. Yes. Each student receives a customized curriculum planner and can set up a telephone appointment to speak with a Program Manager whenever assistance is needed.

Q. How and when do I get started?
A. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Q. What are the technology requirements for this program?
A. View this site for the answer

Request more information or contact a Program Manager at 866.717.6365 for enrollment information.