Catholic Clinical Ethics


The Catholic Clinical Ethics Master’s program and Certificate program prepare leadership at Catholic healthcare institutions to address complex social and ethical issues in healthcare, clinical treatment, genetics, biotechnology, and policy within the framework of the Catholic moral tradition and teaching.

The Catholic healthcare system is projected to lose approximately 70.6% of its ethicists over the next few years, creating an urgent need to train ethicists. These Catholic Clinical Ethics programs produce graduates trained in the Catholic tradition of ethical reasoning on medicine and health and ready to step into the Catholic healthcare system.

More specific information about this program can be found on the Catholic Clinical Ethics website.

Degrees Offered

  • M.A.
  • Certificate program

Application Deadlines

Spring 2021

        November 1, 2020

Fall 2021

May 15, 2021

Application Requirements

Please review the Graduate School Admissions How to Apply page.

Also, be sure to review the Catholic Clinical Ethics “How to Apply” page  as well as the Biomedical Graduate Education group’s “How to Apply” page.
General Qualifications and Prerequisites

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required
  • GRE General Test is not required
  • Previous clinical work experience is taken into account

English Proficiency: TOEFL / IELTS

All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English). All other applicants must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without TOEFL/IELTS scores.

TOEFL: A minimum score of 80 (iBT test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The Georgetown University Biomedical Graduate Education TOEFL score reporting code is 5244.  TOEFL information:

IELTS: A minimum score of 7.0 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information:

Degree Requirements

  • Master of Arts:  30 credits
  • Certificate program:  14 credits

Application Materials required:

  • Online Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts – Applicants are required to upload to the application system copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Visit our How to Apply (new window) page for additional details and FAQs.
  • Official Recommendations (3)
  • Writing Sample
  • Official Score Report for the TOEFL/IELTS (if required, please see below) 

The academic Statement of Purpose should describe your academic and professional goals and their fit with the Catholic Clinical Ethics graduate program (maximum 500 words).