Master of Arts (M.A.) Philosophy (Thesis): Bioethics



¿Qué aprenderé?

The Master's in Bioethics is an interdisciplinary academic program that emphasizes both the conceptual and the practical aspects of bioethics. Ordinarily, it takes at least two years to complete, although some students have completed it in 18 months. The first year is devoted to coursework (including a clinical practicum), and the second year is devoted to a master's thesis on a topic in bioethics that also satisfies the requirements of the base discipline.

The curriculum is composed of required courses (6 credits) offered in the Biomedical Ethics Unit, bioethics courses (6 credits minimum) offered by the base faculty or department, and any graduate course required or accepted by a base faculty for the granting of a master's degree, for a total of 21 credits. A minimum of 45 credits is required, including the thesis. Students graduate with a master's degree from the faculty of their base discipline (M.A., M.Sc., or LL.M.) with a specialization in bioethics.

Thesis Courses (24 credits)

BIOE 690 M.Sc. Thesis Literature Survey (3 credits)
BIOE 691 M.Sc. Thesis Research Proposal (3 credits)
BIOE 692 M.Sc. Thesis Research Progress Report (6 credits)
BIOE 693 M.Sc. Thesis (12 credits)

Required Courses (9 credits)

BIOE 680 Bioethical Theory (3 credits)
BIOE 681 Bioethics Practicum (3 credits)
PHIL 643 Seminar: Medical Ethics (3 credits)

Complementary Courses (12 credits)

12 credits are to be taken in any graduate courses required or accepted by the Department of Philosophy for the granting of a master's degree.

¿En cuál departamento estoy?

Faculty of Arts

Opciones de estudio

a tiempo completo (45 horas de crédito)

Costos de estudio
CAD$19.154,70 (US$ 14.211) por año
Aplicaciones hasta

Esperado January 2024

Fecha de inicio

Esperado Agosto 2024


McGill University

Downtown Campus,

845 Sherbrooke Street West,


Quebec (QC),

H3A 0G4, Canada

Requerimiento de entrada

Para estudiantes de Estados Unidos

Students must have a minimum CGPA of 3.3 out of 4.0 (B+) in your undergraduate degree is required.

Para estudiantes internacionales

Students applying to the Bioethics Specialty program must write an M.A. thesis proposal. All applications to this program must also receive the approval of the Director of the Specialty program. Students who apply for this program should note that they must participate in a practicum, which continues beyond the end of their second term of classes.

English Language Scores:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum acceptable scores are: The CBT is no longer being offered. CBT results will no longer be accepted as ETS no longer reports these results. N.B. an institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable. IBT (Internet-Based Test): 86 overall, no less than 20 in each of the four component scores.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System): a band score of 6.5 or greater (Academic module).

Application Deadline: For Fall Term: Jan. 15.

Puede haber diferentes requisitos de IELTS en función del curso elegido.


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