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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
The major attracts more women than men. About 63% of the recent graduates in this field are 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

Medical Ethics appeals to people across the globe. 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

According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a master’s degree in medical ethics have a median salary of $49,700 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $49,700 (25th percentile) and $49,700 (75th percentile).

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We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to medical ethics so take that into consideration.

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

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Major Number of Grads
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Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 99,641
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 93,192
Allied Health Professions 86,697
Health & Medical Administrative Services 82,868
Public Health 36,569
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 28,559
Mental & Social Health Services 27,743
Dental Support Services 26,183
Health Sciences & Services 25,948
Communication Sciences 21,606
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 19,767
Medicine 19,720
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 19,354
Health/Medical Prep Programs 11,279
Other Health Professions 8,168
Osteopathic Medicine 6,700
Dentistry 6,403
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 5,877
Alternative Medicine & Systems 3,576
Veterinary Medicine 3,297
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 3,251
Chiropractic 2,608
Optometry 1,747
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 1,685
Medical Illustration & Informatics 1,624
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 1,044
Medical Science 809
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 782
Podiatry 579
Movement & Mind-Body Therapies 444
Alternative Medical Support Services 191
Energy & Biologically Based Therapies 73

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