Graduate Program


NYU’s Master of Arts degree in Bioethics is a major focus of the NYU Center for Bioethics, which is one of the first programs in the world to promote a broad conception of bioethics encompassing both medical and environmental ethics. Based in the College of Global Public Health, the M.A. Program has its own full-time core faculty who have extensive experience in bioethics. The Program also draws upon faculty affiliates from top-ranked Departments of Philosophy, Psychology, Anthropology, and Environmental Medicine, as well as from the School of Medicine, the Wagner School of Public Service, the Global Institute of Public Health and the School of Law.


Through our unique, one-on-one student advising and small class sizes, students develop concepts and analytical skills that enable them to think critically about pressing bioethical and environmental issues.

Topics include:
• Clinical Ethics: doctor/patient relationships, conscientious objection, beginning and end of life care, fair allocation of scarce medical resources
• Research Ethics: the use of placebos, conflicts of interest and clinical trials, research on animals and vulnerable populations, research in developing countries
• Global & Population Ethics: global disparities in health and public health, global pandemics, population growth, human rights to health and health care, foreign aid and its critics
• Ethics of New Technologies: embryonic stem cells, cloning, assisted reproductive technology, genetic engineering, synthetic biology
• Neuroethics: cognitive and mood enhancements, addiction and criminal responsibility, borderline consciousness, neuroscience of moral decision making, brain imaging technologies and mental health
• Environmental & Animal Ethics: climate change, species preservation, biodiversity loss, ecosystem services, the use and misuse of animals, ethics of agriculture and food production

As a culmination, students complete a practicum in health and environmental organizations and projects in the greater New York area and abroad. Students have worked at the President's Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, the American Medical Association, the National Institutes of Health, the Pan American Health Organization, and Mumbai’s King Edward Memorial Hospital.