Bioethics (MS) - Online Program


The MS in Bioethics program at UTRGV prepares leaders in bioethics, social justice, and health equity to create opportunities and manage resources effectively while remaining responsive to the diverse challenges within complex social, political, and economic climates. Whenever possible, content and expertise drawn from the Rio Grande Valley region will provide learners with a unique perspective on bioethical challenges in health that lead to disparities in outcomes and inequities in care and resources. 

This program is 100% online.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the program, prospective candidates must first meet all requirements for graduate admission to UT Rio Grande Valley, as well as the other requirements listed below:

  1. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
  2. Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  3. Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
  4. Submission of 2 letters of recommendation. At least one of the letters must be an academic reference; the second letter of recommendation maybe academic or professional

Application for admission must be submitted prior to the published deadline. The application is available at

Program Requirements

Required Courses - 12 Hours

BIET 6300Introduction to Bioethics and Health Care


BIET 6307Philosophical and Theoretical Thought in Bioethics


BIET 6314Ethics in Biomedical Research


BIET 6318Methods of Inquiry in Bioethics


Prescribed Electives - 6 Hours

BIET 6340Healthcare and Immigration


BIET 6331Ethnicity, Culture, Race and Health Equity


BIET 6345Health Systems, Health Policy, and Health Equity


BIET 6334Human Rights, Justice, and Health


BIET 6352Narrative Bioethics


Free Electives - 9 Hours

Choose three electives with approval by Faculty Advisor or Program Director.

Capstone Requirement

Project - 3 Hours

BIET 7300Capstone Master's Project


Total Credit Hours: 30