Program Description

Loma Linda University’s MA in Bioethics program provides a dynamic, interdisciplinary approach to exploring historic traditions of ethical thought while also developing critical skills for dealing with contemporary, moral, and social issues facing society today. An integral part of the program is the opportunity to gain clinical experience while learning from experienced, qualified professors, all within a Christian context and perspective. Dual-degree enrollment is available for current LLU students in select programs.

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Program Length

The MA in Bioethics degree requires 48 units of coursework consisting of numerous courses of mostly 3 units each, and culminates in two 3/2-unit capstone courses, Masters Seminar I & II. One of the Masters Seminars focuses on comprehensive knowledge and the other on a publishable paper. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.3 or above.

Possible Careers

This program is especially valuable for those preparing for careers as clinical ethicists, nurses, physicians, dentists, theologians, lawyers, and most healthcare professions.

Application Deadlines

Quarter Application Open Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Autumn of 2023 Jan 1, 2022 Aug 1, 2023

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.3 minimum
  • Essay (800 words minimum) on the applicant's background and goals and how earning an M.A. degree is envisioned to further such goals
  • Personal interview
  • All official transcripts of college/university work (mailed directly to LLU)
  • Three letters of recommendation (two academic and one from clergy)
  • Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores, not more than five years old. Other standardized tests may be accepted upon request.
  • International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores and evaluations of any international transcripts – please visit


 Please reference the Admissions Requirements.
Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2023-2024

Year of Program: Year 4
Tuition $43,152
Fees $3,900
Books & Supplies $1,000
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms) $217
Total $48,269


Financial assistance at the graduate level is limited. Please refer to the Financial Aid section on the LLU website. Scholarships are available to enrolled students at the LLU School of Religion.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2023-2024, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 4
Months enrolled 12
Food and Housing $23,040
Transportation $4,200
Miscellaneous Personal Costs $3,600


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.