in Bioethics

World-class multidisciplinary programs
for confronting the 21st century's
broadest and deepest issues.

Columbia's bioethics programs address critical issues concerning the ethical, legal and social implications of advances in biotechnology and biomedicine, enabling students to study with faculty from across the University, and to draw on the extraordinary resources of its top schools:

The College of Physicians and Surgeons The School of Nursing
Columbia Law School The School of Arts and Sciences
The Mailman School of Public Health The School of International and Public Affairs
Columbia Journalism School

Our bioethics programs span law, social science methods, history, genetics, environmental science, policy, and ethics.


Participants in any of Columbia’s bioethics courses can earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit.

Explore your options:

master of science in bioethics

  • On-campus instruction only
  • Part-time or Full-time program
  • 36 points for degree completion
  • 3-6 terms to complete
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Master of Science in Bioethics

Ideal for recent undergraduates who plan to work in healthcare and related fields, established professionals in these fields, premed students who wish to strengthen their application to graduate school, and graduate students.

online certification of professional achievement in bioethics

  • Online instruction only
  • Part-time program
  • 12 points for completion
  • 2 terms to complete
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Online Certification of Professional Achievement in Bioethics

Ideal for healthcare professionals and medical practitioners, researchers, IRB members, attorneys, educators, and others interested in the field, including patients and their kin who have confronted bioethical issues.

online noncredit courses

  • Online instruction only
  • 3 points per course
  • Certain prerequisites may apply
  • Fall and Spring intake
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Online Noncredit Courses in Bioethics

An ideal option for busy professionals, who may hone in on a point of interest and select one or more courses from the certification to take on a noncredit basis.



Fall Application Deadlines


Fall Application Deadlines


Spring Application Deadline


Fall Application Deadlines


Spring Application Deadline