Social Policy and Social Research — Ph.D. with Bioethics — M.A.
Program director, Bioethics
Program director, Social Policy and Social Research, Department of Social Work and Social Ecology
The faculty for the combined degrees—Bioethics with Social Policy and Social Research Program is drawn from the School of Religion and from the Department of Social Work and Social Ecology in the School of Behavioral Health.
Purpose of the program
The purpose of the M.A./Ph.D. combined degrees—Bioethics with Social Policy and Social Research Program is to facilitate an integrated and more efficient completion of two graduate degrees for students with strong interests in both bioethics and social policy. Students who complete this combined degrees program will be prepared to make significant interdisciplinary contributions to the field of social policy and ethics. Individuals working in the area of social policy must be able to undertake and publish research on social problems. This requires the ability to apply ethical theory to real-world policy scenarios. Graduates will be able to provide leadership to the social policy arena by conducting interdisciplinary research on various issues and agendas that have significant moral implications.
To enter the proposed program, students must gain separate acceptance to both graduate programs. The Social Policy and Social Research Program director recommends students. This recommendation triggers a streamlined admissions process for the M.A. degree in bioethics.
Course work requirements
If an M.A. degree in bioethics is taken as a stand-alone degree, the requirement is 48 units. However, the M.A./Ph.D. combined degrees student is able to double count 20 of the needed 48 units as follows:
- Sixteen (16) units from four courses in the social policy curriculum count toward the M.A. degree in bioethics requirements because of their similarity to ethics-type courses. Those courses are SPOL 613 Social Science Concepts I, SPOL 614 Social Science Concepts II, SPOL 615 Economic Theory and Social Policy, and SPOL 655 Research Methods II. These four courses have sufficiently similar content to bioethics that they warrant being applied to both the bioethics M.A. degree curriculum and the Ph.D. degree in social policy curriculum.
- Three (3) units come from one bioethics course in the social policy curriculum that is already required: RELE 588 Explorers of the Moral Life
To the extent possible, research projects in both programs focus on the interface of ethics and social policy.
|RELE 524||Bioethics and Society||4|
|RELE 565||The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Moral Aspects of Art and Illness||3|
|RELE 566||Heroes of Health Care||3|
|RELE 567||World Religions and Bioethics||3|
|RELE 568||Bioethics and the Law||3|
|RELE 589||Biblical Ethics||3|
|RELE 598||Master's Seminar I||3|
|RELE 599||Master's Seminar II||2|
|Social science theory and policy|
|SPOL 610||Diversity Theory in Practice and Research||3|
|SPOL 613||Social Science Concepts I 1||4|
|SPOL 614||Social Science Concepts II 1||4|
|SPOL 615||Economic Theory and Social Policy 1||4|
|SPOL 656||Organizational Theory and Policy||3|
|SPOL 658||Methods of Policy Analysis and Research||4|
|RELE 588||Explorers of the Moral Life 1||3|
|RELR 525||Health Care and the Dynamics of Christian Leadership||3|
|RELT 557||Theology of Human Suffering||3|
|Research methods, statistics, and information technology|
|SPOL 588||Special Topics in Social Policy and Social Research (Statistical Analysis Practicum) 2||4|
|SPOL 654||Research Methods I||4|
|SPOL 655||Research Methods II 1||4|
|Select one of the following sequences:||12|
|Advanced Statistics I|
|Advanced Statistics II|
|Advanced Multivariate Statistics|
|Advanced Qualitative Methods|
|Advanced Quantitative Methods|
|STAT___||Statistics (advanced course in statistics or methods)||4|
|Applied/structured research and specialized electives||22|
|Applied/Structured research (6-10 units)|
|Applied/Structured Research I|
|Applied/Structured Research II|
|Applied/Structured Research III|
|Electives (10-16 units)|
|SPOL 681||Dissertation Proposal I||2|
|SPOL 682||Dissertation Proposal II||2|
|SPOL 683||Dissertation Proposal III||2|
Courses apply to both the M.A. and Ph.D. degree programs.
Under the guidance of faculty, students collectively conceptualize and analyze a research question from a data set. A scholarly product is required outcome.