Graduate Bioethics Admission Requirements

The Bioethics Program seeks a diverse class of highly-qualified individuals with a passion for the field and compassion for patients and research subjects. We invite you to join our community of scholars.
Applicants to the Bioethics Program must hold a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA. To be considered for admission, the following pieces are required:

1.  A completed application form

2.  Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended

3.  Essay

4.  Three signed recommendation letters

5.  Application fee of $75 paid to Clarkson

6.  TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) will be required for most international applicants from non-English speaking countries.

The recommended application deadline is June 1. Applicants are notified of the admission committee’s decision within four weeks of receipt of completed application file.

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Admission Frequently Asked Questions

Does The Bioethics Program require GREs?

No. The Bioethics program waives all standardized graduate entrance exams.

How competitive is the selection process?

The Admissions Committee reviews applications and considers an applicant’s work and life experience, commitment (as expressed through the essay, application, and letters of recommendation), as well as academic qualifications.

At present, admission is limited to 20-24 students per year. When a class is filled, qualified students who cannot be admitted may be offered a guaranteed place in the next year’s class.

Does the Bioethics Program accept transfer credit? Will it recognize certificates granted by other programs?

Up to three graduate courses from accredited graduate-level programs and certificates may be transferred. Waivers may also be granted for non-accredited certificates and for work experience.

Both transfer credits and waivers require approval of the Academic Committee. Contact Ann Nolte for questions regarding course waivers and transfers at (518) 631- 9860 or at

When does the next course start if I apply now?

We recommend that students start the Bioethics Program with the summer Proseminar in Health and Human Values — an intense, one-week seminar where students meet the faculty and their fellow students. Each cohort forms a community in which students sustain and support each other as they progress towards their degrees. The next Proseminar begins June 28, 2017.

Would it be possible to contact alumni or current students to ask them about the program?

Our students and alumni are happy to discuss the Bioethics Program with prospective students. To connect with a student or graduate, contact Ann Nolte at (518) 631-9860 or

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