Program Overview

Loyola University Chicago offers a highly competitive Doctorate in Bioethics degree for health care professionals. This degree is well suited for individuals who want to acquire a doctorate degree through a flexible hybrid learning program. Graduates of this degree often find employment in hospitals and other healthcare related agencies. Many individuals will later serve on hospital’s ethics committees and do other ethics related work within the health care field.

The Doctorate in Bioethics degree program consists of 57 credit hours. Students must hold a Master’s Degree in Bioethics or Health Care Ethics with a GPA of 3.67 or higher (on a 4.0 scale); 27 credit hours may be transferred from the M.A. Bioethics program into this doctorate program. In addition to the credit hours, students must complete a practicum and a two-semester capstone courses. A Doctoral Capstone gives students the opportunity to write a paper based on their experiences during the practicum. Students must also choose a concentration of study and take 3 courses within their chosen area. The areas that are available for students to choose from include Catholic Bioethics, Organizational Ethics, or Clinical Bioethics. All courses are available online. Prospective students should have basic computer skills in order to complete the program.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Students must have a Master's degree in Bioethics with a GPA of 3.67 or higher.

    School Overview

    Loyola University Chicago is a two-year public school located in Chicago, Illinois. LUC was founded in 1870 by the Roman Catholic Society of Jesus as St. Ignatius College. Today, the school is the largest Jesuit University in the United States and is one of the 28 members of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The institution is associated with the Roman Catholic Church in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions. Although the school is primarily Roman Catholic, LUC encourages each person to celebrate their personal faith and to respect and learn from other people of faith within our Loyola community.

    Loyola University Chicago offers associate's, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, certificates of completion at the graduate level, and doctorate degrees. LUC is home to the following schools and colleges:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • Arrupe College
    • Quinlan School of Business
    • School of Communication
    • School of Continuing and Professional Studies
    • School of Education
    • The Graduate School
    • School of Law
    • Stritch School of Medicine
    • Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
    • School of Social Work

    Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend. Online degrees are offered at all levels from most schools.


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