J.D./M.S. at Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College

J.D./M.S. at Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College


Master of Science in Bioethics

The joint J.D./M.S. in Bioethics program is offered by Albany Law School in conjunction with the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College. The Alden March Bioethics Institute is an internationally recognized leader in the growing field of bioethics and its graduate education programs bring together outstanding teachers, innovative researchers, excellent students, the latest teaching technology, and an intensive clinical ethics program. The M.S in Bioethics is designed for those who want to put bioethics to work in their own professional careers. Albany Medical College is conveniently located directly across the street from Albany Law School, which gives law students a unique opportunity to participate in clinical rounds, ethics consultations and educational sessions on a regular basis.

Master's students must complete a total of 10 courses. The online and onsite courses include empirical bioethics, research ethics, classic cases, clinical ethics and others. Students also complete a required master's project, choosing a traditional thesis, two publishable journal articles, or a practical project. Law and bioethics joint degree students can satisfy master's requirements by taking three specified courses at Albany Law School. Students can also count 12 credits earned in the Master of Science in Bioethics program toward their J.D. at Albany Law School. Because students can "double-count" courses, they can complete a J.D./ M.S. in Bioethics in three to four years. Albany Law School students may also satisfy the Law School's upperclass writing requirement and the bioethics final research project by completing one research paper that satisfies the requirements of both programs.

The Alden March Bioethics Institute works closely with Albany Law School to create a plan of study that accommodates both schools' schedules. M.S. courses are offered fall, winter, spring and summer to give students flexibility in completing their requirements. The M.S. in Bioethics and the J.D./M.S. Degree programs are registered by the New York State Board of Regents.

Admission Requirements: The applicant must be accepted and matriculated in both programs through the admissions process of each program to be enrolled in the joint degree program.

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For more information about applying to the Alden March Bioethics Institute, contact:

Prof. Evelyn Tenenbaum
Coordinator of the Joint Degree Bioethics/J.D. Program
Albany Law School

Hayley Dittus, MPH
Coordinator of Graduate Studies
The Albany Medical College Alden March Bioethics Institute