Who Should Apply?

Candidates should have a strong background in the social/behavioral sciences, public health/health services research, legal/health policy research, or philosophy and related humanities disciplines.  An overall grade point average of 3.3 out of 4.0 (at the undergraduate level) is preferred.

When to Apply? 

Candidates interested in entering the Fall 2024 cohort will be able to begin the online application in September 2023.

Admissions Timeline

Application Round


Bioethics PhD Application Opens

September 1, 2023

Application Submission Deadline

January 15, 2024

Fall 2024 Semester Begins

August 26, 2024

How to Apply?

A completed application includes the following:

  • Online Application: Start the online application. Please indicate that you are applying to the School of Medicine, Doctoral>Bioethics Program. 

  • Transcripts:  Include school-issued unofficial transcripts, scanned and uploaded for all colleges or universities attended. Electronic transcripts can also be emailed to 

  • Resume/CV: Upload your current resume/CV outlining all work experience and volunteer roles with timeframes. Make sure to highlight any completed research positions or opportunities experienced.

  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required. At least one from an academic program that can evaluate their academic path, address writing ability, and analytical skills. The online application will request recommenders' contact info for electronic submission.

  • Personal Statement: Upload a personal statement answering the following prompts:

    • Why earn a PhD in Bioethics?

    • What are areas of interest in bioethics and medical humanities and why?

    • Is there a faculty member you are interested in working or interacting with? If so, why?

  • Writing Sample: No longer than 25 pages or published work with applicant listed as single author.

  • GRE: Exam scores are not required and optional in the admissions process.

    *For international applicants: if you are not a citizen of an English speaking country or if your previous college or university was not taught in English please submit an English proficiency exam (IELTS, TOFEL, or PTE).