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The Master of Science in Medical Ethics (MSME) provides rigorous methodological and conceptual training in bioethics for postdoctoral scholars who aim to become academic bioethicists.  Although there are many bioethics-related masters-level graduate programs in the United States, none of these programs is designed to train the physician-scientist or other scholars aspiring to bioethics faculty positions in academic medical centers and universities.  There is a desperate need for a pipeline for outstanding junior faculty in the field of medical ethics.  The Penn MSME will be one of only a very limited number of training programs for aspiring bioethics scholars, none of which are degree-granting, further enhancing Penn’s position as a global leader in medical ethics. Before applying to the MSME Program, we recommend applicants contact the program for more information at:

Application Instructions

MSME Application (downloadable pdf)

  1. Applicants should complete the MSME application and send it to: Admissions, Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania, Blockley Hall 14th Floor, 423 Guardian Drive, Philadelphia PA 19104-4884.

  2. Include a non-refundable $70 application fee made payable to: "Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania". The application fee is waived for dual degree applicants.

  3. Include a current resume/CV.

  4. Include a writing sample, which demonstrates your potential to do independent scholarly work.

  5. Arrange to have all transcripts of previous post-secondary work sent to the address above. NOTE: We do not require the GRE or any other test scores.

  6. Arrange to have 3 letters of recommendation from close professional colleagues or academic instructors sent to the address above. NOTE: There are no recommendation forms included in the application packet.

  7. Please follow this link if your answer to Question 14 on the application is "yes".