Dual Degree Program: MA in Urban Bioethics and MA in Sociology

Dustin Kidd, Director of Graduate Studies, Sociology: dkidd@temple.edu
Nora Jones, Director of Education, Urban Bioethics: nora.jones@temple.edu

 

The Dual MA Sociology/MA Urban Bioethics program serves as a supplement to the stand-alone degrees by:

  1. Providing additional in-depth experience in applying sociological and ethical critical thinking to contemporary problems and issues at the intersections of medicine and society.
  2. Optimally positioning students to serve the field as bioethicists in a variety of academic, community, hospital, and other settings.

Providing groundwork in bioethical research theories and methods for Sociology MA students who wish to explore the area of bioethics, to participate in bioethics research, and/or to pursue advanced clinical academic programs.

 

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO EACH OF THE ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

 

  1. Criteria for admission to the MA in Sociology Degree
    1. GPA ordinarily a 3.0 or higher
    2. Completion of GREs with scores typically above 300
    3. Three letters of Reference
    4. Statement of Goals
    5. TOEFL score of at least 79 IBT or 550 PBT for international students
    6. Writing Sample

 

  1. Criteria for admission to the MA in Urban Bioethics
    1. GPA ordinarily a 3.0 or higher
    2. Two letters of Reference
    3. Statement of Goals
    4. TOEFL 79 IBT or 550 PBT for international students

 

Students apply separately to the Master of Arts in Sociology degree and the Master of Arts in Urban Bioethics degree. Students interested in the Dual MA Sociology/MA Urban Bioethics program must notify the program director for each program. Admissions decisions to the Dual MA Sociology/MA Urban Bioethics program are made after review of applications by a Joint Admissions Committee.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETION OF THE MASTER OF ARTS IN SOCIOLOGY AND MASTER OF ARTS IN URBAN BIOETHICS

 

  1. Requirements for the Master of Arts in Sociology Degree
    1. Students must complete 31 credits for the MA distributed among:
      1. One of Two Social Theory Courses, Spring Semesters
        1. SOC 8111: Classical Social Theory (3 credits)
        2. SOC 9111: Contemporary Sociological Theory (3 credits)
      2. SOC 8011: Logic of Inquiry, Fall (3 credits)
  • Two Quantitative Methods courses
    1. SOC 8211: Inferential and Multivariate Statistics, Fall, odd years (4 credits)
    2. SOC 9211: Data Analysis, Spring, even years (3 credits)
  1. Two Qualitative Methods courses
    1. SOC 8221: Qualitative Methods, Fall, even years (3 credits)
    2. SOC 9241: Qualitative Data Analysis, Spring, odd years (3 credits)
  2. Didactic elective courses: 12 credits (up to 9 of these will be double-counted MAUB credits).

 

  1. Requirements for the Master Arts in Urban Bioethics Degree
    1. Students must complete 32 credits for the MAUB, of which 17 are CBUHP courses and 15 are applicable electives (via Sociology graduate credits):
      1. UBTH 5101/5102 – Urban Bioethics, Fall and Spring Seminars (6 credits)
      2. UBTH 5122/5123 – Community Engagement, Fall and Spring (4 credits)
  • UBTH 5131 – The Values, Ethics, and Economics of Health Care Delivery in Urban Communities, Summer, online (2 credits)
  1. UBTH 5141 – Critical Social Science, Fall, online (2 credits)
  2. UBTH 9996 – Thesis (3 credits).
  1. Didactic elective courses: 15 credits

 

  1. Double counting results in the dual MA Sociology/MA Urban Bioethics program requiring a total of 39 credits (in contrast to the MA Sociology requiring 31 and the MA Urban Bioethics requiring 32 when taken separately).

 

MA IN SOCIOLOGY (31 CREDITS) MA IN URBAN BIOETHICS (32 CREDITS) DUAL MA/MA PROGRAM

(39 CREDITS)

22 DIDACTIC SOCIOLOGY CREDITS 15 CREDITS FROM SOCIOLOGY 22 SOCIOLOGY CREDITS
Social Theory (3) Social Theory (3) Social Theory (3)
SOC 8011: Logic of Inquiry (3) SOC 8011: Logic of Inquiry (3) SOC 8011: Logic of Inquiry (3)
SOC 8211: Inferential and Multivariate Statistics (4) SOC 8211: Inferential and Multivariate Statistics (4)
SOC 9211: Data Analysis (3) SOC 9211: Data Analysis (3) SOC 9211: Data Analysis (3)
SOC 8221: Qualitative Methods (3) SOC 8221: Qualitative Methods (3)
SOC 9241: Qualitative Data Analysis (3) SOC 9241: Qualitative Data Analysis (3) SOC 9241: Qualitative Data Analysis (3)
SOC XXXX: Sociology Didactic Elective (3) SOC XXXX: Sociology Didactic Elective (3) SOC XXXX: Sociology Didactic Elective (3)
TOTAL UBTH CREDITS COUNTED FOR MA SOCIOLOGY ELECTIVES = 9  

TOTAL UBTH CREDITS = 17

 

TOTAL UBTH CREDITS = 17

UBTH 5101: Urban Bioethics 1 (3) UBTH 5101: Urban Bioethics 1 (3) UBTH 5101: Urban Bioethics 1 (3)
UBTH 5102: Urban Bioethics 2 (3) UBTH 5102: Urban Bioethics 2 (3) UBTH 5102: Urban Bioethics 2 (3)
UBTH 5122: Community Engagement (2)* UBTH 5122: Community Engagement (2) UBTH 5122: Community Engagement (2)
UBTH 5123: Community Engagement (2) UBTH 5123: Community Engagement (2) UBTH 5123: Community Engagement (2)
UBTH 5131: Values Economics Health Care (2) UBTH 5131: Values Economics Health Care (2)
UBTH 5141: Crit Soc Sci & Urban Bioethics (2) UBTH 5141: Crit Soc Sci & Urban Bioethics (2)
UBTH 9996: Thesis (3) UBTH 9996: Thesis (3)

*Only 1 credit will be double counted from this course.

 

  1. An example semester-by-semester course progression is as follows:

 

Year Fall Semesters Spring Semesters Summer Semesters
1 UBTH 5101: Urban Bioethics 1 (3)

SOC 8011: Logic of Inquiry (3)

SOC Qual/Quant Methods (3 / 4)

UBTH 5102: Urban Bioethics 2 (3)

SOC Social Theory (3)

SOC Quant/Qual Analysis (3)

UBTH 5131: The Values, Ethics, and Economics of Health Care Delivery in Urban Communities (online) (2)
2 UBTH 5122: Community Engagement 1 (2)

UBTH 5141: Crit Soc Sci & Urban Bioethics (online) (2)*

SOC Qual/Quant Methods (3 / 4)

SOC Elective (3)

UBTH 5123: Community Engagement 2 (2)

SOC Quant/Qual Analysis (3)

UBTH 9996: Thesis (3)

 

*UBTH 5141 can be taken in either Fall semester, as needed for credit load (if full-time status is needed for financial support).

 

TUITION AND FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

The Sociology MA Program will be the home school for the duration of the dual degree.