The graduate program in Health Care Ethics will provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the field of bioethics, ranging from the ability to discern ethical problems, ambiguities, controversies and assumptions in various health care practices, systems, policies, and laws to the advanced capacity to synthesize and publicly communicate findings from research and critical reflection on a selected topic of ethical concerns.
Please note: The application for this program is available here.
Type of Degree: MS
Duration: If a student takes one online course per 8-week session, s/he will complete the program in under two years.
Number of Credits Required: 30 credit hours
Cost: $764 per credit hour, plus fees
Program Start: Late August, January, May.
Application Deadline: Rolling
Applicants for admission to the Master of Science (M.S.) 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 Creighton University M.S. in Health Care Ethics 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 GPA requirement will be waived.
Applicants must submit the following documents:
- Application: a completed application form and non-refundable application fee.
- Curriculum Vitae including relevant education and any employment history, certifications and licensures, teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honors, affiliations, professional associations, experience and background in health care ethics.
- Essay: Using 500 words or less per question, please respond to the following:
a. List three “big” questions in contemporary health care ethics then choose one of the questions to answer or write a commentary on why you think this particular issue is so important.
b. Explain how successful completion of this program will assist you in achieving your professional goals.
- Recommendation Forms: Three recommendation forms are required. The recommendations should be completed and submitted by persons other than family members who are capable of assessing an applicant’s performance in an academic or work setting.
- Transcripts: Official transcripts must be submitted from all colleges and universities attended. Transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE): All applicants who do not hold a post-baccalaureate degree must submit an official score report on the Graduate Record Examination or show evidence of success in graduate-level course work through 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.
- 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.
Documents for this online program must be sent to:
Creighton Online Admissions Office
1415 West 22nd Street
Oakbrook, IL 60523