Bioethics and Medical Humanities, MA/Genetic Counseling, MS

Degree: Master of Arts (MA)
Field of Study: Bioethics and Medical Humanities
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Degree: Master of Science (MS)
Field of Study: Genetic Counseling
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Program Overview

The Departments of Genetics & Genome Sciences and Bioethics and Medical Humanities offer a dual degree program between the Masters in Genetic Counseling and the Masters in Bioethics and Medical Humanities Programs.  The dual degree program provides a comprehensive curriculum integrating foundational principles of genetics and ethics. The goal of the program is to train Genetic Counselors who wish to apply additional Bioethics expertise into their clinical practice and/or research.

The dual degree program allows graduates to engage in both contemplative analysis and application of knowledge in the counseling of patients and should allow graduates to be more prepared to participate in the ongoing national dialogue about the ethical, legal, and social implications of advances in genomic technology as well as research within their home institutions and with other counselors nationwide regarding issues of new genomic testing technology, concerns about genetic services, and issues related to genetic discrimination, privacy, and the return of genetic and genomic results.


Students who would like to enroll in the dual degree program will apply and be admitted into each program separately.  While admissions committees for each program will communicate with each other regarding applicants, each admissions committee will decide independently about the suitability of the applicant to their program.

Student Advisors

Once students have been admitted, the Director of the Genetic Counseling Training Program and the Director of the MA Program in Bioethics and Medical Humanities will act as student advisors for each of the two programs individually but will meet monthly to assess student progress, address any student or faculty concerns, and assure that student progress in each of the programs, and their overlapping components, are being achieved.