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 early September 2023.

Admissions Timeline

Application Round


PhD in Bioethics Application Opens

early September 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.
  • $50 application fee
  • 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: The online application will request contact information for three references who are willing to write letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from an academic program that can evaluate your academic path, writing ability, and analytical skills.
  • Personal Statement: Upload a personal statement answering the following prompts:
    • Why do you want to earn a PhD in Bioethics?
    • What are your areas of interest in bioethics and medical humanities and why?
    • What faculty member(s) are you are interested in working or interacting with, and why?
  • Writing Sample: A paper, such as a class assignment, of no longer than 25 pages; or published article with the applicant listed as either single or first author. If the applicant chooses to submit a published article with multiple authors, they should submit a brief statement describing each author’s contribution.
  • Graduate Test Scores: Exam scores (such as GRE) are not required and are 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).