Fall 2020 Admissions

Master of Bioethics Degree Program

As science advances, there is an increasing need for leaders who are able to think critically about pressing ethical issues. Students who are eager to address the complex moral challenges in biomedicine can begin their application now.

Application open: October 1, 2019
Priority Admissions Deadline: December 16, 2019
Second Application Review Deadline: March 15, 2020

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  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • All majors and backgrounds are welcome


  • Ability to demonstrate critical thinking and analysis
  • Work, research, clinical, and other relevant experience is valued in the application review

Application Requirements

  • Completed Online Application Form

    All applicants must create a user account via Harvard Medical School's application portal at https://admissions.gradeducation.hms.harvard.edu.

  • Statement of Purpose

    Statement of Purpose Details

    Your personal statement is an opportunity to share with the admissions committee why you are interested in obtaining a master of bioethics degree. This statement can detail academic, professional, or personal experiences. The only requirement is that the statement be limited to 500-750 words in length. 

    Some topics to consider, though not required:

    • What drew you to bioethics? 
    • What experiences have you had that prepared you to enter a graduate degree program? 
    • What would you like to do once you obtain an MBE? 
    • Why do you want to get your MBE degree from Harvard Medical School?
  • Letters of Recommendation

    Applicants will need to enter the names and email addresses of three references into the application portal.

    Recommenders will be contacted directly with instructions on how to submit their recommendation letters.

  • Application Fee

    There is a $100 application fee payable by credit card.

  • GRE: Optional

    Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or equivalent (MCAT or LSAT) scores are not required.

    Those who opt to submit GRE scores can send to Institution Code 0550. 

  • International Candidates

    Learn more about English language proficiency and visa requirements.

    Harvard Medical School is an international center of leanring. We value and welcome the diversity and bredth of experience international students bring to the master of bioethics program. Harvard bioethics faculty collaborate with colleagues around the world, drawing students into their work and faciliting future conections. Alumni with Harvard MBEs work in the United States and more than a dozen other countries around the globe.

    English Language Proficiency for International Applicants

    Students whose native language is not English must also include results of the Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 

    • A minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL and/or a 7 on the IELTS is required.
    • The TOEFL Code for Harvard Medical School Graduate Education Master’s Programs is 3151.
    • TOEFL scores are valid for two (2) years from the date of examination. Applicants who tested more than three years ago must repeat the test.
    • Applicants should submit scores from the Internet based test (IBT) of the TOEFL.

    The only exemption from this requirement is anyone who earned a bachelor's or graduate degree from an institution at which English was the sole language of instruction.

    Visa Requirements

    International students must fulfill visa requirements.

    International students can find more information via Harvard Medical School's Graduate Education page or Harvard University's International Office.

  • Resume or CV