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

Program director, Bioethics

Whitny Braun

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 ethics. To enter this combined degrees program, students must gain acceptances into both the M.A. degree in ethics curriculum and to a doctoral degree in psychology. Admission information is available at the School of Behavioral Health.

Course requirements

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

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 Society3
RELE 545Bioethics Case Conference I1
RELE 588Philosophical Ethics3
RELE 589Biblical Ethics3
RELE 598Master's Seminar I3
RELE 599Master's Seminar II2
RELG 510Christian Service (1, 2)2
Religion electives
Choose 17 units from the following:17
Ethics for Scientists
Christian Social Ethics
Clinical Ethics Practicum I
Clinical Ethics Practicum II
Clinical Practicum III
Ethics and Health Disparities
History of Health-Care Ethics
World Religions and Bioethics
Bioethics and the Law
Shared units with psychology
The following 14 units are double counted with psychology (Ph.D. or Psy.D.)
PSYC 526Ethics and Legal Issues in Clinical Psychology3
PSYC 551Psychobiological Foundations4
PSYC 564Foundations of Social and Cultural Psychology4
PSYC 567Human Diversity3
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. (See Psychology Program for full information.)