Bioethics—M.A. with Psychology — Psy.D. or Ph.D.

Program director, Bioethics

Zdravko Plantak

Chair, Department of Psychology

David Vermeersch


The faculty for the combined degrees Bioethics with Psychology Program is drawn from the School of Religion and from the Department of Psychology in the School of Behavioral Health.

The program

This program combines study for the M.A. degree in bioethics (offered by the School of Religion) with either the Psy.D. or Ph.D. degree in psychology (offered by the Department of Psychology of the School of Behavioral Health). The purpose of the combined degrees program is to facilitate more efficient completion of graduate programs in ethics and psychology for the student interested in both areas. Students who complete the program should be prepared to make significant interdisciplinary contributions to the fields of psychology and of ethics. In order to enter this combined degrees program, students must gain separate acceptance into the M.A. degree in ethics curriculum and to one of the doctoral degrees in psychology. Admission information is available at the School of Behavioral Health.

Course requirements

Students in this combined degrees program will complete all the requirements for both degrees with greater efficiency by taking a number of courses that fulfill requirements for both degrees. Approval for selective courses should be sought from the student's advisors for both degrees.

M.A. curriculum

A total of 48 quarter units is required for the M.A. degree. The following courses constitute the core requirements for students completing the M.A. degree in bioethics when taken with psychology as part of the combined degrees program:

Core requirements
Core requirements
RELE 524Bioethics and Society4
RELE 548Christian Social Ethics3
RELE 554Clinical Ethics Practicum I4
RELE 555Clinical Ethics Practicum II4
RELE 577Theological Ethics3
RELE 588Explorers of the Moral Life3
RELG 504Research Methods in Religious Studies4
RELR 584Culture, Psychology, and Religion3
PSYC 505Research Methods in Psychological Science4
In addition to the preceding 32 units, students completing the M.A. degree program will choose 14 units of the following:16
Religion and the Social Sciences
History, Systems, and Philosophy of Psychology
Ethics and Legal Issues in Clinical Psychology
Psychobiological Foundations
Foundations of Social and Cultural Psychology
Cultural Psychology
Human Diversity
Foundations of Human Development
Total Units48

Psychology—Ph.D. or Psy.D. curriculum

Students completing one of the doctoral curricula in psychology will complete all of the course requirements as listed in the School of Behavioral Health, 2 units of minor concentration, which will be fulfilled by 12 of the selective units listed above. (See Psychology Program for full information.)