1-3 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Master of Bioethics (MBE)

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.

Admission requirements

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.

English Language Proficiency Test

Most international applicants must submit scores of an English language proficiency test. Unless an applicant meets one of the exemption criteria listed below, official English language proficiency test scores less than 2 years old will be required as part of the application. To fulfill this requirement, the Bloomberg School will accept scores from the following tests. Please contact Admissions Services if you have questions about acceptable test scores. We do not accept the TOEFL Essentials or TOEFL IPT.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the school website.

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Program content

To gain a comprehensive view of bioethics, students are expected to take a range of courses during their time at Johns Hopkins. Some of the courses relevant to MBE course of study include:

  • Bioethics, Human Rights, and Global Health
  • Bioethics and the Law
  • Ethics in Clinical Practice
  • Ethics and Decision-Making in Clinical Practice
  • Nutrition Ethics and Policy
  • Germs, Genes, Patients, & Populations
  • Ethics, Policy, and Emerging Biomedical Technologies

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the school website for more information


Tuition fee: $59,184 / year


Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of the MBE program, you will be equipped to drive the responsible pursuit of new knowledge and you will be prepared to help develop new tools to consider society’s thorniest issues through a cross-disciplinary lens.

Advances in health care and scientific research benefit people around the world. From the first ventilator to the first vaccine, scientific and technological discoveries have prolonged life and alleviated human suffering while advancing health-related knowledge. However, such advancements often present challenging ethical questions for individuals and society related to appropriate use, access, safety, rights and obligations.

The MBE program prepares you to make meaningful contributions at the intersection of health sciences and societal impact.

Career paths

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

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Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (BSPH), the number one ranked school of public health in the world, is dedicated to the improvement of health for all people and the education of a diverse global community of research...

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Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health

615 N. Wolfe Street
21205 Baltimore MD

Phone no: +1 844-379-1319

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