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Dual Degrees

**Please note: The MA Urban Bioethics program has rolling admissions. Please adhere to application deadlines in place for companion degree programs. Please also note that even though the Graduate Bulletin lists application deadlines, the MA Urban Bioethics program will consider complete applications submitted after the posted deadlines.

MD/MA Urban Bioethics

Accepted and matriculated MD students may apply to the MD/MA program. Students who will be completing the third and fourth year at Crozer Chester Medical Center, Geisinger Health System, or West Penn Allegheny Health System can complete the program during the first and second year of medical school. Students enrolled in the St. Luke's Regional Campus cannot participate in the MD/MA in Urban Bioethics.

DPT/MA Urban Bioethics

A student in the DPT program who has completed his or her spring semester of the first year of DPT study without any coursework grades below a B (3.0) may apply to the MA program. DPT students interested in applying to the MA should also secure a letter of support from either the Director of the DPT program or their primary faculty advisor.

The DPT/MA degree places Temple University on the forefront of health professions education that integrates the supplemental masters level bioethics degree. As PT continues to become more established as an autonomous profession and PT practitioners take on greater roles as primary health service providers, a foundation in the field of bioethics will become increasingly important. The MA in Urban Bioethics will not only offer DPT students advanced education and exposure to the intangible aspects of the ethics of clinical practice (such as strategies for care in environments of diversity, disparity, and inequities), but also will better position graduates in their post-graduation employment searches in specialized leadership roles or post-doctoral education.

The MA in Urban Bioethics degree will be conferred upon successful completion of the Core Curriculum as well as the following DPT courses:

  • PHTH 8536: Teaching, Learning, and Group Dynamics (3 credits)
  • PHTH 8518: Psychosocial Aspects (2 credits)
  • PHTH 8546: Bioethics (2 credits)
  • PHTH 8547: Management and Health Care Systems (3 credits)
  • PHTH 9585: Clinical Internship I 5 credits will be counted, with the additional requirement of a supplemental paper addressing the bioethical conflicts, considerations, and perspectives on the experience. The supplemental paper will be read and graded by the Director of the MA in Urban Bioethics program.

PhD or MA Philosophy/MA Urban Bioethics

The Center for Bioethics, Urban Health, and Policy at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine and the Department of Philosophy in the College of Liberal Arts introduce the first dual master's degree program in bioethics and philosophy! Both master's degree programs are now accepting applications. Please refer to the PhD philosophy application deadline.

The aim of the dual degree program is to provide either (a) Philosophy MA or PhD students with specialized training in the ethics, values, and politics of health in our increasingly multi-dimensionally diverse society or (b) Urban Bioethics students with a broader understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of contemporary bioethics. This dual degree program blends the missions and values of philosophy and urban bioethics and will prepare students with a depth of training and expertise to enable them to be competitive as they move towards being future leaders in academia, public spheres, and practice.

Students must apply to and be accepted by each program separately (PhD Philosophy or MA Philosophy application; MA Urban Bioethics application) and indicate within each application their intention to pursue a dual degree. The two applications requires separate application fees, but the programs will share application materials. The dual degree program allows the student to earn both MA degrees via a total of 38 credits consisting of the Urban Bioethics core courses and from the Philosophy Department:

  • One Values-designated course
  • One Epistemology/Metaphysics-designated course
  • One Ancient philosophy course
  • One 17th-18th Century philosophy course
  • One Kant/Hegel course
  • 6 credits of didactic elective courses

The dual degree program between the PhD Philosophy and the MA Urban Bioethics can be completed via a total of 47 credits, consisting of the Urban Bioethics core coursework, the five philosophy designated courses, 9 credits of didactic elective courses, and 6 non-didactic credits (preliminary exam preparation, pre-dissertation research, and dissertation research).

This MA Philosophy / MA Urban Bioethics dual degree program can be completed in two years of full-time study or up to four years of part-time study. The PhD Philosophy / MA Urban Bioethics dual degree program can be completed in at least three, but not more than seven, years of study. For further information please contact Dr. Miriam Solomon in the Department of Philosophy or Dr. Matthew Lucas from Urban Bioethics.

MA in Urban Bioethics and MA in Sociology

The Dual MA Sociology/MA Urban Bioethics program serves as a supplement to the stand-alone degrees by:

  1. Providing additional in-depth experience in applying sociological and ethical critical thinking to contemporary problems and issues at the intersections of medicine and society.
  2. Optimally positioning students to serve the field as bioethicists in a variety of academic, community, hospital, and other settings.

Providing groundwork in bioethical research theories and methods for Sociology MA students who wish to explore the area of bioethics, to participate in bioethics research, and/or to pursue advanced clinical academic programs.

Criteria for admission to the MA in Sociology Degree:

  • GPA ordinarily a 3.0 or higher
  • Completion of GREs with scores typically above 300
  • Three letters of Reference
  • Statement of Goals
  • TOEFL score of at least 79 IBT or 550 PBT for international students
  • Writing Sample

Criteria for admission to the MA in Urban Bioethics Degree:

  • GPA ordinarily a 3.0 or higher
  • Two letters of Reference
  • Statement of Goals
  • TOEFL 79 IBT or 550 PBT for international students

Students apply separately to the Master of Arts in Sociology degree and the Master of Arts in Urban Bioethics degree. Students interested in the Dual MA Sociology/MA Urban Bioethics program must notify the program director for each program. Admissions decisions to the Dual MA Sociology/MA Urban Bioethics program are made after review of applications by a Joint Admissions Committee.

The following are the requirements for completion of the MA Degree in Sociology and MA Degree in Urban Bioethics:

Requirements for the Master of Arts in Sociology Degree

Students must complete 31 credits for the MA distributed among:

  • One of Two Social Theory Courses, Spring Semesters
    • SOC 8111: Classical Social Theory (3 credits)
    • SOC 9111: Contemporary Sociological Theory (3 credits)
  • SOC 8011: Logic of Inquiry, Fall (3 credits)
  • Two Quantitative Methods courses
    • SOC 8211: Inferential and Multivariate Statistics, Fall, odd years (4 credits)
    • SOC 9211: Data Analysis, Spring, even years (3 credits)
  • Two Qualitative Methods courses
    • SOC 8221: Qualitative Methods, Fall, even years (3 credits)
    • SOC 9241: Qualitative Data Analysis, Spring, odd years (3 credits)
  • Didactic elective courses: 12 credits (up to 9 of these will be double-counted MAUB credits)

Requirements for the Master of Arts in Urban Bioethics Degree

  • Students must complete 32 credits for the MAUB, of which 17 are CBUHP courses and 15 are applicable electives (via Sociology graduate credits):
    • UBTH 5101/5102 – Urban Bioethics, Fall and Spring Seminars (6 credits)
    • UBTH 5122/5123 – Community Engagement, Fall and Spring (4 credits)
  • UBTH 5131 – The Values, Ethics, and Economics of Health Care Delivery in Urban Communities, Summer, online (2 credits)
  • UBTH 5141 – Critical Social Science, Fall, online (2 credits)
  • UBTH 9996 – Thesis (3 credits).
  • Didactic elective courses: 15 credits

Double counting results in the dual MA Sociology/MA Urban Bioethics program requiring a total of 39 credits (in contrast to the MA Sociology requiring 31 and the MA Urban Bioethics requiring 32 when taken separately).

Other Dual Degrees

We are in the process of exploring other dual degree options. If you are a matriculated graduate student at Temple University interested in discussing the possibility of a dual degree, please contact Professor Rocco.