1. What is the deadline to apply for this program?

Applications for this program are accepted on a rolling basis until that year’s class is full.

Case Western Reserve undergraduates who wish to enroll in this program through Integrated Graduate Studies (IGS) must submit an application no later than March 1.

2. Who is eligible to apply for this program?

In general, individuals who have earned a bachelor’s degree with a strong academic record are eligible to apply for the program. For additional details regarding admissions requirements, visit the Admission Requirements page.

Case Western Reserve undergraduates who wish to enroll in this program through Integrated Graduate Studies also are eligible to apply.

3. Can international students apply for the program?

Yes. Admissions requirements are the same for domestic and international students with one primary exception: Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the language in one of three ways. They can take:

  1. the paper-based version of the Test of English as Foreign Language (minimum score 577);
  2. the online version of the TOEFL (minimum score 90) or
  3. the International English Language Testing System (minimum score, 7.0).

4. I am an undergraduate at Case Western Reserve—can I take this program as part of Integrated Graduate Studies?

Yes, CWRU undergraduates can participate in this program through Integrated Graduate Studies. For more information, see our Admission Requirements page.

5. Do I have to take the GRE?

Applicants are required to submit results of one of the following standardized tests: GRE, MAT, MCAT, LSAT or GMAT. If an applicant has extensive professional experience, test results may be waived.

6. What is the admissions timeline?

Because applications are accepted on a rolling basis, the timeline can vary depending on the time of year a student applies. In general, applications are reviewed to ensure that they are complete and that the candidate meets the program’s minimum requirements. From there, faculty review the application and arrange telephone interviews for those who appear to have particular promise. After the interview is complete, a faculty admissions committee decides whether to accept the candidate. 

All told, this process can take between four to eight weeks.

7. How long is this program?

This program lasts one academic year, or two semesters.

8. What are the program requirements?

Students must complete 27 credits, over the course of the academic year, including two foundational courses in bioethics, one foundational course in Medicine, Society and Culture. Students also must complete two clinical rotations and a capstone project, and also participate in a monthly reading group related to the program.

9. Why should someone enroll in this program?

Someone should enroll in this program to learn more about the complex and dynamic factors that affect how we view, experience and treat health and illness. This program provides a robust grounding in fundamental principles of bioethics, as well as the ways that multiple disciplines—among them the social sciences, law, and social work—speak to matters of well-being and disease. With two clinical rotations built into the curriculum, this program also gives students the opportunity to see firsthand how classroom concepts may apply in practice.

10. What can I do with this degree?

This degree can help graduates engage more effectively in a broad range of health and health policy settings, and also provide insight to students considering additional graduate or professional studies in related fields.