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Top 5 Master’s degrees in Ethics

Applied Ethics (Utrecht University)

Utrecht University in Netherlands, offers a Master of Arts degree program in Applied Ethics. This inter-disciplinary program allows students to examine how ethics influence a number of fields, including biology, economics, conversationalism and law. All students in the program complete the following classes: Ethical Theory & Moral Practice, Ethics and Public Policy, Ethics of Institutions, Methods & Tools in Practical Philosophy, Topics in the Philosophy of Human Rights, and Economic Ethics. Courses are taught on campus in English. In addition to coursework, students complete an independent study conducting research and compose a master’s thesis. Most students finish all of the degree requirements with one year of full-time study.

Healthcare Ethics (Duquesne University)

Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, offers a Master of Arts degree program in Healthcare Ethics. The program is intended for individuals who hold bachelor’s degrees in health sciences or health administration-related fields as well as those currently working in healthcare. Lasting for 12 months, the program requires the following classes: Multicultural Society and Healthcare Ethics, Ethics of Care, Clinical Ethics, Beginning of Life Ethics, Genetics and Ethics, and Research Ethics. Students also complete a master’s thesis based on independent research. Those who wish to gain work experience can participate in optional internships during the program.

Philosophy with a concentration in ethics (Holy Apostles College)

Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut, Untied States, offers a Master of Arts degree program in Philosophy with a concentration in ethics. The program approaches the topic from a Catholic perspective. Individuals from other faiths are welcome to apply to the program; however, a statement of interest that explains why they have chosen to pursue a degree from the seminary is required. Every student in the program takes the following classes:     Natural Law, Marriage and the Theology of the Body; Political Philosophy, Catholic Social Teachings, Ethics, and Logic and Epistemology. Electives are also required. Coursework for the two-year program is done completely online.

Applied Ethics with a concentration in biomedical and health ethics (Arizona State University)

Arizona State University in  Tempe Junction, Arizona, United States, offers a Master of Arts degree program in Applied Ethics with a concentration in biomedical and health ethics. The program involves full-time on-campus study and lasts for 24 months. Students in the program take a variety of core and elective courses. Some of the classes currently offered include:     Practical and Professional Ethics; Foundations of Bioethics; Ethical and Spiritual Approaches to Death and Dying; Ethics, Social Justice and Health Social Science; Health of Ethnic Minorities;

Health: Social and Biocultural Theory; Ethics in Health Social Science Research, Health Systems and Policy; Ethics and Emerging Technologies; Genetics and the Law; and Bioethics and the Law.

Healthcare Ethics (University of Manchester)

The University of Manchester in England, United Kingdom, offers a postgraduate certificate in Healthcare Ethics. This program is ideal for individuals who wish to continue their education in the field of ethics but do not wish to enroll in a traditional master’s degree course of study that includes writing a thesis among its requirements. For those hoping to pursue doctoral degrees, the university’s Master of Arts or Master of Laws degree in Healthcare Ethics is likely a better option. Students can choose between a nine-month full-time or an 18-month version of the certificate program. Both options include classes in Ethics & Genetics and Genomics,  Philosophical Bioethics, and Research Ethics as well as elective coursework.

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