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Director's Welcome

Welcome to the website for the Master of Arts in Bioethics program at Emory University, one of the leading programs of its kind in the country. I am very glad that you have taken the time to learn more about our program!

Emory’s Master of Arts in Bioethics program is distinguished by having interdisciplinary faculty whose expertise marries fundamental moral theory with contemporary clinical practice.  This is reflected in our program’s curriculum that includes moral philosophy as well as a required practicum that involves service learning at innovative sites such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the Georgia State Legislature; Grady Memorial Hospital and NASA.  These exciting opportunities for service learning are made possible by our unique connections in Atlanta and beyond.

The diverse strengths of the program are reflected in the diversity of our students.  Current students and alumni of the program have included physicians, lawyers, allied health professionals, biotechnology leaders, as well as students who come directly from baccalaureate programs.  Some students choose to combine the MA in Bioethics with one of our dual degree programs: available in Divinity, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Public Health, or Theology.  This interdisciplinary – and interprofessional – nature of the classes enables a robust and vigorous discourse that draws upon a rich array of experiences.

The MA in Bioethics prepares its graduates to identify, assess and respond to ethical issues that arise in clinical practice, medical research and public health policy.  Some students use the MA in Bioethics to transition between an undergraduate degree and professional school and several of our alumni are now in MD, JD, and PhD programs around the country. Others use the degree to enhance their existing careers in healthcare, biotechnology or related areas.  This is made possible by the fact that the program can be completed full-time in one academic year or part-time over the course of a number of years.  Some of our alumni now serve as medical ethicists, regulatory managers and compliance officers in organizations such as the Grady Health System, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Suffolk Care Collaborative, and Emory Hospital. Others have simultaneously started employment with the Institutional Review Board.

I invite you to look through both the MA-Bioethics website and the website of the Center for Ethics at which the MA-Bioethics program is housed. The Center for Ethics brings Bioethics students unique advantages including an active program of ethics-focused events and a distinguished array of affiliated faculty that can serve on MA thesis committees.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the program or would like to discuss your particular situation. We look forward to getting to know you and your interest in bioethics!


Cory Andrew Labrecque, PhD

Gerard Vong, DPhil

Director, Master of Arts in Bioethics | Laney Graduate School
Assistant Professor | School of Medicine