What will I learn?

The first is a J.D. degree from the IU McKinney School of Law, complete with the theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and hands-on experience that all of our graduates receive. The second is a graduate degree from one of our seven partner schools.

The second degree imparts an extensive knowledge base and a skill set that gives you a substantial edge over your competition and prepares you well for a career in a specialized field.

This program provides a unique and valuable perspective on the field of bioethics by combining the philosophical study of bioethics with a legal education.

As a candidate, you will spend your first year in law school, adding courses from the IU Department of Philosophy during the second year. In addition to the basic required law school courses, you must complete the requirements for the Concentration in Health Law and Bioethics.

The capstone project for this joint degree program will be a paper in a topic that addresses the fields of law and bioethics. This paper will satisfy both the advanced research and writing requirement at the law school and the thesis/research project in the Department of Philosophy.

Requirements: 84 credit hours of law courses; 30 hours of coursework in the Department of Philosophy.

In combining the philosophical study of bioethics with the study of law, students will acquire the perspective, knowledge, and expertise that will equip them to provide leadership concerning the bioethical issues faced by institutions such as state and federal agencies, healthcare organizations, research and educational institutions, corporations (national and multinational), human rights organizations, medical insurers, and religious bodies.

Students completing the program will receive a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in Law and a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Philosophy, with a concentration in Bioethics.

Through the combined degrees program, the two degrees can be obtained with a total of 108 earned credits, as compared with the 120 credits required if the degrees are obtained separately.

Up to six credits of health law courses can be counted toward both the 90 credits required for the J.D. in Law and the 30 credits required for the M.A. in Philosophy.

Additionally, if a student successfully petitions to complete a 6 cr. thesis or research project addressing legal and philosophical aspects of a bioethical issue, it may also count for the senior law paper requirement unless one is electing to submit a law review note. Students who complete the combined degrees program will also receive 6 credits toward the 90 credits required for the JD in Law.

Which department am I in?

Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Study options

Full Time (Can be obtained with a total of 108 earned credits)

Tuition fees
US$48,017.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

24 August 2020


Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

420 University Blvd,



46202, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have received a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) in the United States or another country by the time you enroll at IUPUI.

For international students

Applicants are expected to have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university, or its equivalent, with a grade point average of at least 3.0 overall (on a scale of 4) and at least 3.0 in the student's major.

English language requirements:

All non-native speakers of English must also submit proof of English proficiency unless the applicant has a Bachelor's degree or higher from the US or a predominantly English-speaking country.

  • IELTS score of 6.5
  • TOEFL (iBT) score of 79
  • TOEFL (paper-based) a minimum score of 550
  • IUPUI Program for Intensive English (PIE) - Level 7 Check with your academic department for approval
  • Any ELS Centre located in the US or Canada - Level 112 Check with your academic department for approval

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About this uni

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