Masters in Bioethics & MSW Dual Degree

Recognizing the significance of social work training for the future of the field of bioethics, The Bioethics Program has teamed up with the University of Albany's School of Social Welfare (SUNY) to offer a unique dual degree opportunity.
"There is a growing need for professionally trained individuals who can understand and address the complex ethical issues that are present in healthcare today. As a graduate of the Bioethics Program, it provided me with the platform to launch my career in healthcare ethics."
Louise Winstanly ’09
Professor, University of North Carolina
Bioethics is a multi-disciplinary field whose practitioners typically hold multiple degrees and certifications. The 2006 ACES survey of the membership of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH), the national bioethics society, found the MSW degree to rank 12th in the certifications held by practicing bioethicists.

Students in the dual degree program take a combination of online and on-site courses in social work and bioethics. Upon successful completion of a 37 course curriculum, students are eligible to obtain a master's in bioethics (MSB) and a master's in social work (MSW).

About the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany, SUNY:

The MSW program at the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The social work curriculum is designed for students to gain a broad perspective in assessing social needs and to acquire the knowledge and skills to help alleviate social problems and the problems of individuals, groups and communities.


The dual degree program in Bioethics and Social Work starts at the University at Albany School of Social Welfare. For two semesters, students complete their generalist coursework in social work education and complete their first-year social work internship. Students then begin bioethics coursework with an intensive, one-week summer proseminar on Health and Human Values taught at Clarkson, with a clinical visit to Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

The remainder of this innovative dual degree program combines online and on-site courses and practicum in bioethics and social work (clinical concentration). Coursework includes instruction in health policy, biomedical ethics, research ethics, bioethics and the law, clinical ethics, advanced practice in clinical social work, and evaluation of clinical practice. Practicum include a second internship in social work (two semesters in a hospital or healthcare setting), a required online practicum, a three-term master's project, a one-week on-site clinical ethics practicum, and a one-week on-site capstone seminar.

Admission Requirements:

To enroll in the dual degree program, students must be accepted through the admissions process of each program and matriculate in both programs.

More Information:
Admission to the Bioethics Program of Clarkson/Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Admission to the School of Social Welfare
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