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2024 Best Bioethics/Medical Ethics Schools

160 Colleges in the United States
5,115 Medical Ethics Degrees Awarded
$27,334 Avg Early-Career Salary
If you plan on majoring in bioethics/medical ethics, you won't be alone since the degree program is ranked #133 in the country in terms of popularity. This means you won't have too much trouble finding schools that offer the degree.

College Factual looked at 160 colleges and universities when compiling its 2024 Best Bioethics/Medical Ethics Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 5,115 degrees in bioethics/medical ethics to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Bioethics/Medical Ethics School

Best Bioethics/Medical Ethics Schools Your choice of bioethics/medical ethics school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. We derive our Best Overall Bioethics/Medical Ethics School rankings by rolling up our degree-level rankings after weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each school.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Bioethics/Medical Ethics Rankings by Degree Level

Associate Degrees in Medical Ethics
Bachelor's Degrees in Medical Ethics
Master's Degrees in Medical Ethics
Doctor's Degrees in Medical Ethics

The medical ethics school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Bioethics/Medical Ethics Schools. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

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More information on how we come up with our rankings can be found here: College Factual's Data Methodology.

Best Schools for Bioethics/Medical Ethics in the United States

The schools below may not offer all types of medical ethics degrees so you may want to filter by degree level first. However, they are great for the degree levels they do offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

24 Top Schools in Medical Ethics

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University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In PA
41 Medical Ethics Degrees Awarded

Any student pursuing a degree in bioethics/medical ethics needs to look into University of Pennsylvania. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #4 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were approximately 41 bioethics/medical ethics students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent year we have data available.

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Duke University
Durham, NC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NC
38 Medical Ethics Degrees Awarded

Every student who is interested in bioethics/medical ethics needs to look into Duke University. Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #7 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were about 38 bioethics/medical ethics students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent data year.

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Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MA
34 Medical Ethics Degrees Awarded

It is hard to beat Harvard University if you wish to pursue a degree in bioethics/medical ethics. Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge. A Best Colleges rank of #6 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were roughly 34 bioethics/medical ethics students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent year we have data available.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
42 Medical Ethics Degrees Awarded
$24,026 Median Starting Salary

Any student who is interested in bioethics/medical ethics has to check out Case Western Reserve University. Case Western is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Cleveland. This university ranks 1st out of 96 colleges for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

There were roughly 42 bioethics/medical ethics students who graduated with this degree at Case Western in the most recent data year. Graduates who receive their degree from the medical ethics program make an average of $24,026 in the first couple years of working.

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5
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NY
70 Medical Ethics Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #14 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were about 70 bioethics/medical ethics students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent year we have data available.

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6
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In IL

Northwestern is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Evanston. A Best Colleges rank of #5 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were about 6 bioethics/medical ethics students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent year we have data available.

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Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In CA

Located in the suburb of Loma Linda, Loma Linda University is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population.

There were roughly 7 bioethics/medical ethics students who graduated with this degree at Loma Linda University in the most recent year we have data available.

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8
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In TX
35.3% Growth in Graduates

Located in the town of Galveston, UTMB Galveston is a public university with a small student population.

There were about 17 bioethics/medical ethics students who graduated with this degree at UTMB Galveston in the most recent year we have data available.

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9
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In NY
31 Medical Ethics Degrees Awarded

Located in the medium-sized city of Rochester, University of Rochester is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 8th out of 142 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were about 31 bioethics/medical ethics students who graduated with this degree at University of Rochester in the most recent year we have data available.

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10
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
20th Most Popular In NY

Located in the large city of New York, Teachers College is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of #12 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means Teachers College is a great university overall.

There were roughly 2 bioethics/medical ethics students who graduated with this degree at Teachers College in the most recent data year.

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11
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NE

Creighton is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Omaha. This university ranks 1st out of 19 schools for overall quality in the state of Nebraska.

There were roughly 14 bioethics/medical ethics students who graduated with this degree at Creighton in the most recent year we have data available.

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12
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In CA

USC is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Colleges rank of #11 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were about 5 bioethics/medical ethics students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent year we have data available.

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Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In PA
16.7% Growth in Graduates

Located in the large city of Pittsburgh, Duquesne is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. This university ranks 14th out of 109 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were about 12 bioethics/medical ethics students who graduated with this degree at Duquesne in the most recent year we have data available.

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University of Richmond
University of Richmond, VA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
43 Medical Ethics Degrees Awarded
41.9% Growth in Graduates

URichmond is a small private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of University of Richmond. This university ranks 8th out of 63 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were roughly 43 bioethics/medical ethics students who graduated with this degree at URichmond in the most recent year we have data available. Graduates who receive their degree from the medical ethics program make about $23,712 in the first couple years of their career.

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15
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MD
76.5% Growth in Graduates

Johns Hopkins is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Baltimore. A Best Colleges rank of #23 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great university overall.

There were about 17 bioethics/medical ethics students who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent year we have data available.

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16
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IL
42 Medical Ethics Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Chicago, Loyola Chicago is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 4th out of 85 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were about 42 bioethics/medical ethics students who graduated with this degree at Loyola Chicago in the most recent data year.

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Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In GA

Located in the city of Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #28 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means Emory is a great university overall.

There were about 7 bioethics/medical ethics students who graduated with this degree at Emory in the most recent data year.

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Western Governors University
Salt Lake City, UT
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In UT
1,541 Medical Ethics Degrees Awarded

WGU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Salt Lake City. This university ranks 2nd out of 13 colleges for overall quality in the state of Utah.

There were about 1541 bioethics/medical ethics students who graduated with this degree at WGU in the most recent data year.

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19
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In TX
43 Medical Ethics Degrees Awarded

Baylor is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Waco. This university ranks 7th out of 115 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were about 43 bioethics/medical ethics students who graduated with this degree at Baylor in the most recent year we have data available.

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20
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Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, MO
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In MO

SLU is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Saint Louis. This university ranks 7th out of 48 schools for overall quality in the state of Missouri.

There were approximately 11 bioethics/medical ethics students who graduated with this degree at SLU in the most recent data year.

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University of Mary
Bismarck, ND
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In ND

Located in the rural area of Bismarck, UMary is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 12 schools for overall quality in the state of North Dakota.

There were roughly 20 bioethics/medical ethics students who graduated with this degree at UMary in the most recent year we have data available.

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22
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In MI

U-M is a fairly large public university located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor. A Best Colleges rank of #29 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

There were roughly 6 bioethics/medical ethics students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent year we have data available.

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Capella University
Minneapolis, MN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MN
525 Medical Ethics Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Minneapolis, Capella University is a private for-profit university with a very large student population. This university ranks 4th out of 52 schools for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

There were about 525 bioethics/medical ethics students who graduated with this degree at Capella University in the most recent data year.

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Georgetown University
Washington, DC

Located in the city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #15 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.More information about a degree in bioethics/medical ethics from Georgetown University

Rest of the Top Best Bioethics/Medical Ethics Schools

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Bioethics/Medical Ethics Schools award.

Rank College Location
26 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
27 University of the District of Columbia Washington, DC
28 New York University New York, NY
29 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
30 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
31 Albany Medical College Albany, NY
32 Holy Names University Oakland, CA
25 Temple University Philadelphia, PA

Bioethics/Medical Ethics by Region

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Region
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New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Other U.S. Territories
Great Lakes

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Bioethics/Medical Ethics is one of 34 different types of Health Professions programs to choose from.

Medical Ethics Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 663
Medical/Health Humanities 281
Health Professions Education 29
Health Professions Education, Ethics, and Humanities (Other) 3

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Majors Similar to Medical Ethics

Related Major Annual Graduates
Nursing 322,592
Health & Medical Administrative Services 89,359
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 84,492
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 84,274
Allied Health Professions 82,308
Public Health 40,596
Health Sciences & Services 35,945
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 29,833
Mental & Social Health Services 29,053
Medicine 28,629

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