There are two admission tracks to the PhD program with separate prerequisites:
- Philosophical ethics (3 credits)
- Applied ethics (3 credits)
- Logic or Critical thinking (3 credits)
- A Master's thesis in ethics OR 6 credit hours of further humanities studies in which essays are written
For applicants who are otherwise qualified for admission, up to 9 hours of prerequisites may be completed during the first year of study within the PhD program.
Ordinarily, JD/PhD students are required to satisfy the same prerequisites as students admitted to the PhD program on the postgraduate admission track.
MD/PhD students must have completed a graduate level foundations of ethics course and applied ethics course. Students may satisfy these requirements as directed reading courses during the summer between the first and second years of medical school. Applicants to the Health Care Ethics program must provide a sample of writing in health care ethics that demonstrates the ability to do doctoral level coursework in the field.
Ordinarily, MA/PhD students are required to satisfy the same prerequisites as students admitted to the PhD program on the postgraduate admission track.