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Bioethics/Medical Ethics

398 Master's Degrees Annually
34 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#161 in Popularity (Master's)

Types of Degrees Bioethics/Medical Ethics Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many bioethics/medical ethics graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 398
Graduate Certificate 121
Doctor’s Degree 34

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Bioethics/Medical Ethics?

398 Master's Degrees Annually
63% Percent Women
30% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 63% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of medical ethics majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Medical Ethics Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 44
Black or African American 31
Hispanic or Latino 28
White 220
International Students 33
Other Races/Ethnicities 42

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Medical Ethics, too. About 8.3% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Canada
  • Nigeria
  • Romania
  • Italy

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that bioethics/medical ethics students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree made a median starting salary of $49,700 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $49,700 (25th percentile) and $49,700 (75th percentile).

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It is possible that some of these people may have taken positions that were not related to medical ethics.

Online Bioethics/Medical Ethics Programs

In 2018-2019, 51 schools offered a medical ethics program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 1 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 24 6
Post-Baccalaureate 1 0
Master’s Degree 33 5
Post-Master’s 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 6 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 1 1

You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to medical ethics.

Major Number of Grads
Nursing 63,380
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 23,124
Medicine 19,720
Public Health 18,212
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 16,970
Health & Medical Administrative Services 14,633
Mental & Social Health Services 14,322
Allied Health Professions 11,260
Communication Sciences 9,970
Osteopathic Medicine 6,700
Dentistry 6,403
Veterinary Medicine 3,297
Alternative Medicine & Systems 2,714
Chiropractic 2,608
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 2,301
Optometry 1,747
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 1,654
Health Sciences & Services 1,526
Medical Illustration & Informatics 1,418
Other Health Professions 1,292
Health/Medical Prep Programs 1,117
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 842
Medical Science 809
Podiatry 579
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 475
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 455
Alternative Medical Support Services 129
Dental Support Services 83
Movement & Mind-Body Therapies 79
Energy & Biologically Based Therapies 34
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 19
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 3
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 0

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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