Can I enroll part-time or switch to part-time status during the program?
Yes. You may enroll part-time or switch to part-time status during any term. Due to course sequencing, students who enroll part-time are advised to enter the program during term 1.
Can I take bioethics courses without enrolling in the degree program?
Yes. Non-degree seeking students may register for MBE classes and earn academic credit as a Special Student Limited.
Special students can take up to 16 credits of graduate level courses without formally enrolling in a degree program. Credits can be transferred for students who are accepted into the full-time or part-time MBE program. Johns Hopkins employees may be eligible for tuition remission.
For general information on taking MBE courses, please visit the Non-Degree Seeking Students page.
During which term should I start the program?
All students should start the program in Term 1 of each academic year. View the academic calendar for more information.
How long does it take to complete the program?
We have worked to ensure full-time students are able complete all program requirements in one calendar year — 4 academic terms, plus a few credits during the summer.
Can I take courses online?
Yes. Students may elect to complete up to 9 credits online. Online courses must be pre-approved.
Can I work while enrolled in the program?
Typically, yes. Many courses are offered late in the day or in early evening to accommodate the schedules of working professionals.
Will I have an advisor?
Once you enroll in the program, the Program Director will help you develop an initial plan for your program of study. You will then be paired with faculty advisors aligned with your interests who will help you refine your study plan and guide you during your studies.
How can I satisfy the thesis requirement?
For the bioethics program thesis requirement (3 credits), students independently write a multi-part thesis on a specific topic in bioethics. Students must demonstrate an understanding of relevant theoretical, policy, and practical considerations in constructing a well-organized critical examination of the topic. You will work closely with your advisors to propose and select a thesis topic, identify thesis committee members, draft thesis sections, and prepare a final thesis. All students participate in a bioethics thesis seminar that supports the development and timely completion of the thesis.
What is the optional practicum?
Students may choose to complete an optional bioethics program practicum (3 credits), in which they are paired with faculty and affiliated mentors who supervise applied ethics learning experiences in highly active clinical, global, public policy, or research/research oversight practice environments. The practicum requires 48 direct contact hours with the placement site. Your faculty advisors will guide you in identifying and selecting a practicum site.
What careers are available in bioethics?
Learn more about careers in bioethics.