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Applying for an MD/MA-Bioethics Dual Degree

Students will apply to each program for admission separately. 
Learn more about the MA-Bioethics dual degrees here

Students who apply BEFORE entering Emory:

After you have submitted your AMCAS application to Emory School of Medicine and have been verified, you will receive instructions to access the Emory Supplemental Application. When completing the Emory Supplemental Application, please indicate your interest in the MA-Bioethics Program when you select your degree program. This will enable the SOM Admissions Office to share your information with us.

We will also need three additional elements:

  1. a personal statement about your interest in the Bioethics Program;

  2. a sample analytical essay, where you offer a brief analysis of a bioethics case; and

  3. an additional letter of recommendation that speaks to your critical thinking, written, and verbal communication skills.

You will receive an email with detailed instructions about each of these elements once we receive your information from the School of Medicine.

Your application to the MA-Bioethics Program is considered complete when we receive these additional elements to complement the materials you provided to the School of Medicine.

*Please note: You will not need to complete the application to the Laney Graduate School or to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Students who apply AFTER entering Emory:

Students may apply for the MA-Bioethics Program during any year of their medical training; however, we recommend that students complete an application no later than the fall of their third year of medical school.

*An ideal time to apply for the dual degree is the fall of Year 3 of medical school.*

Students must complete the standard application to the Laney Graduate School for the MA-Bioethics Program, with the following exceptions:

  1. GRE scores are NOT required.

  2. Applicants must authorize the School of Medicine to share their medical school application with the Bioethics Program. Authorization Forms can be found here, please sign and submit to Gerard Vong, Director of the MA in Bioethics Program ( and Shelby Smith, Senior School of Medicine Admissions Program Coordinator (

  3. Students must only submit one letter of recommendation (since the other letters will come from the medical school application). This letter should address the skills you have that will make you successful in a program that is humanities focused, specifically in a program that emphasizes clear verbal and written communication, that requires independent critical analysis skills, and that requires participation in discourse with faculty and other students.


    MD admission example 1

    For the other two letters of recommendation required by the Laney Graduate School, please choose the option that says “I will not use the electronic system.”

    See an example: 

    MD admissions example 2
    MD admissions example 3

  4. While your transcripts are part of the SOM admissions packet, the admissions system will ask you to upload each of your transcripts individually. Instead of doing this, simply create a word document that says: “I am currently enrolled in Emory School of Medicine; this will be part of my School of Medicine application.” Please also include your name and student ID number. Then upload this same Word document each time the system asks you for a transcript.

    See an example:

    MD admissions example 4


More information about MD Admissions can be found here.