Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Genetic Medicine

Dual Degree Program

We are excited to offer motivated students the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts Degree in Medical Humanities and Bioethics in conjunction with their Master of Science Degree in Genetic Counseling. Northwestern University is one of the only universities in the country to offer such a unique dual degree program.

The Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of ethics and medicine, and complements much of the curriculum of the genetic counseling program. Students take courses in the history of medicine, the philosophical foundations of bioethics, law and medicine, literature, and the social sciences. They also complete a thesis paper and oral defense.

The Master's Degree in Medical Humanities and Bioethics is designed as a part-time program for working professionals, medical students, law students, and genetic counseling students. Classes are offered at night to accommodate students' other coursework and rotations. On-campus classes take place over the same six quarters as the genetic counseling program. The thesis and independent study options may be completed long-distance after the student has finished the genetic counseling degree.

For course descriptions, faculty bios, and financial information about the Master's degree in Medical Humanities and Bioethics, please visit the program website.

Interested applicants should indicate on their application that they are applying to the dual degree program (see Applications and Deadlines).

Applicants to the dual-degree program are required to submit two additional documents: 

Student Testimonial

I absolutely loved the Medical Humanities and Bioethics program. Its multidisciplinary focus gave me so many new perspectives on the information I was learning in my genetic counseling classes and rotations, and I loved being challenged in different ways in each program. I also really liked taking classes with medical students and law students.
(from our 2008 Alumni Survey)