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Master's Degree

Master of Bioethics (MBE)

Offered by: Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

Onsite | Full-Time or Part-Time | 1 year Full-Time, 3 years Part-Time

About This Program

From the ethics of food production to stem cell research to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics is guiding the conversation about some of the most complex moral and policy issues affecting the health and well-being of people worldwide.

Offered in collaboration with the School of Public Health, the Master of Bioethics (MBE) is an innovative, interdisciplinary and cross-divisional graduate program combining approaches from science and technology, the humanities and arts, and public health and medicine to prepare students from diverse backgrounds to investigate and address the bioethics challenges of professional and civic life. For more detailed information about the MBE Program and the field of bioethics, we invite you to visit the Berman Institute’s website.

Program Highlights

The MBE provides concrete training in the ethics of clinical care, research, science, and public health with a focus on the application of theory and methods of inquiry in bioethics. Graduates are prepared to critically engage in longstanding and emerging ethics issues that have local, national, and global import. The program, grounded in real-world challenges, informed by leading edge scholarship, has a diverse faculty and student body bringing lived experiences to the classroom.

What Can You Do With This Degree?

Sample Careers

  • Research Analyst
  • Program Examiner
  • Senior Research Program Coordinator
  • Neurotechnology Researcher
  • Medical student at Johns Hopkins University
  • Law student at University of Maryland

Areas of Interest

Pandemic Response

Through years of experience and scholarship, bioethicists at the Berman Institute have led research to identify the ethical principles that should guide the actions of governments and other institutions in a moment like the COVID-19 crisis.


Browse an overview of this program's requirements in the JHU Academic Catalogue and explore all course offerings in the Bloomberg School Course Directory.


For general admissions requirements, please visit the How to Apply page.

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized test scores (GRE, MCAT, or LSAT) are optional for this program. The admissions committee will make no assumptions if a standardized test score is omitted from an application, but will require evidence of quantitative/analytical ability through other application components such as academic transcripts and/or supplemental questions. Applications will be reviewed holistically based on all application components.

Program Faculty Spotlight

Ruth Faden
Health Policy and Management

Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH, utilizes scholarship on structural justice theory to advance equity in global and national health policies and human well-being.

Tuition and Funding

Applicants wishing to complete the MBE in one year will qualify for a 20 percent tuition scholarship

Contact Us

Questions about the program? We're happy to help.

Program Director
Travis N. Rieder, PhD

Academic Program Administrator
Penny White