Admission Information

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We're glad you're considering applying to the program in Health Care Ethics at the University of Louisville. Please familiarize yourself with the requirements listed here and with those of the Graduate Admissions Office. Feel free to contact the Program Coordinator with any questions.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester with consideration for Graduate Assistantship: January 15th
  • Fall semester without Fellowship consideration: June 15th
  • Spring semester and dual degree candidates: November 15th

Application Materials & Instructions

Every applicant must submit the following material to the Graduate Admissions Office:

  • Application (online version preferred since it allows you to upload all other required materials.)
  • Application fee
  • Transcripts from all previous academic work
  • Standardized test scores - GRE, MCAT or LSAT preferred. Other scores may be accepted with prior approval. Applicants who have completed Master's or Doctoral level degrees are exempt from this requirement.
  • 2 recent letters of recommendation from those familiar with the applicant's academic work or life long learning and speak to your ability to complete graduate level education. Discursive letters preferred.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Personal statement, which should address the question: "Why have you decided to pursue a concentration in Health Care Ethics?" The personal statement should be between 2-4 double spaced pages (500 - 1000 words).

Additionally, we reserve the right to request additional materials as required. For example, current employees of the university are expected to provide a letter of support from their direct supervisor.

If you can't use the online application or need to send supplemental materials you can email Graduate School Admissions or mail materials (marked with your name, date of birth and either your university issued ID number or your social security ID number) to:

Graduate Admissions
School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
105 Houchens Building
University of Louisville
Louisville KY 40292

Financial Aid

Please visit the Financial Aid page for more details about deadlines and the process of applying for aid. SIGS also maintains a page listing support opportunities for graduate students.

In addition, for those applying by the January 15th deadline (including those applying for dual degrees in the November application pool) we offer consideration for our Graduate Assistantship. GAs work up to 20 hours per week for the department, helping both with administrative tasks and with faculty research and projects. In exchange, students are given full tuition waivers, health insurance, and a $15,000 stipend paid over 10 months. Awards are competitive, with our nominations going to the best candidates in our current application pool. No additional application materials need to be submitted, but please communicate your interest to our Program Coordinator when you apply.

Test Prep

There are several exam preparation options. Campus groups may host prep classes for reduced fees, like our Facebook or Google+ pages for those opportunities as I find them. The test creators may offer free preparation materials, check their websites. There are also multiple free sources of review and practice exams, but please be cautious! So far I have found www.examfocus.com to be easy to use and I will add others as I find them.