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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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 398
Graduate Certificate 121
Bachelor’s Degree 43
Doctor’s Degree 34
Basic Certificate 1

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

43 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
93% Percent Women
42% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 93% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Medical Ethics Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3
Black or African American 6
Hispanic or Latino 7
White 24
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 2

Geographic Diversity

Medical Ethics appeals to people across the globe. About 2.3% of those with this major are international students.

Online Bioethics/Medical Ethics Programs

In 2018-2019, 51 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) 1 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 24 6
Post-Baccalaureate 1 0
Master’s Degree 33 5
Post-Master’s 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 6 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 1 1


*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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