Catholic Healthcare Ethics

The master’s program in Catholic healthcare ethics focuses on issues of healthcare ethics consistent with the Catholic, Spiritan identity of Duquesne University. 

The university is committed to an atmosphere that is open to diversity to celebrate education for the mind, heart and spirit and to cultivate academic excellence, ethically responsible judgment and social justice in a globalized context. You will explore healthcare ethics through lenses such as social justice, the duty to preserve life, end-of-life decisions and the ethics of human reproduction.

Requirements & the Path to Further Study

The program includes a total of 10 courses (30 credits): a graduate-level introduction to ethics course plus nine courses selected from our general healthcare ethics and Catholic healthcare courses. You will choose the nine HCE courses with advisement, according to your interests.

There is no requirement for a thesis or for a comprehensive examination.

Candidates for the master of arts in Catholic healthcare ethics are eligible to receive a Master of Arts Scholarship through the Duquesne University McAnulty College and Graduate School, which can reduce degree costs by 25%. 

If, after earning your M.A. degree, you want to move on to the Ph.D. program, 18 more credits will be required, so that 48 total credits have been completed before you may apply for the comprehensive examination.


Program Information

Our M.A. in Catholic Healthcare Ethics explores healthcare from a Catholic perspective, addressing ethically responsible judgment and care. Expand your understanding of healthcare through diverse viewpoints from expert teacher-scholars.





Required Credit Hours


Application Requirements

Submit the university application through the graduate application portal including a resume or curriculum vitae. 


If you are in the process of completing a degree, you may submit an up-to-date unofficial transcript with your application, followed by a final, official transcript upon enrollment as a Duquesne University graduate student. All other transcripts should be either emailed or mailed from the institution.  If mailing, use the following address:

Duquesne University
McAnulty Graduate School of Liberal Arts
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15282

If your undergraduate and/or graduate degrees are from an institution located outside of the United States, you must use a transcript credential evaluation service to obtain a course-by-course report. The official reports must be sent directly to Duquesne University from the organization you order through and will qualify as official transcripts.





At least three confidential letters of recommendation must be submitted by those in a position to assess the applicant's past performance and future academic potential. Please use the graduate application portal to generate online requests for confidential letters of recommendation. Recommenders will receive instructions by email for uploading their letters directly to the Duquesne system.


Describe in a few paragraphs why you are a good candidate for the program to which you are applying.

For the writing sample, the admission committee expects a text, written by the applicant, that shows that he or she is able to develop and present a coherent academic argument with good literature integration. Manuscripts written by more than one author are not acceptable. There is no page requirement for the writing sample, but a good sample will normally be at least five pages in order to give the admission committee the opportunity to assess the applicant's research and writing skills. The writing sample need not be new. Ideally, the writing sample is in the area of healthcare ethics or bioethics, but that is not necessary.

Upload a recent version of your CV.

This applies only to international students. Scores should be sent electronically through the application portal.