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Bioethics/Medical Ethics

43 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
398 Master's Degrees Annually
#87 in Popularity

Types of Degrees Bioethics/Medical Ethics Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many bioethics/medical ethics graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 397
Graduate Certificate 125
Bachelor’s Degree 61
Doctor’s Degree 17
Undergraduate Certificate 8
Basic Certificate 3

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Bioethics/Medical Ethics?

61 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
77% Percent Women
48% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 77% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of medical ethics majors is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 8
Black or African American 6
Hispanic or Latino 12
White 27
International Students 3
Other Races/Ethnicities 5

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Medical Ethics. About 4.9% of those with this major are international students.

Online Bioethics/Medical Ethics Programs

In 2019-2020, 56 schools offered a medical ethics program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 27 4
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 36 5
Post-Master’s 4 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 6 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 1 1

You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to medical ethics.

Major Number of Grads
Medical/Health Humanities 244
Health Professions Education, Ethics, and Humanities (Other) 12
Health Professions Education 9
Arts in Medicine/Health 4


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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