Joint Degree Programs


M.D./ J.D. Joint Degree Program

The faculties of the College of Law and the College of Medicine have approved a joint educational program culminating in both a Juris Doctor degree, awarded by the College of Law, and a Doctor of Medicine degree, awarded by the College of Medicine. Under the joint degree program, a student can obtain both degrees in six years. Essential criteria for the joint degree program include:

  1. Candidates for the program must meet the entrance requirements for, and be accepted by, both Colleges. Both Colleges must be informed by the student at the time of application to the second program that he/she intends to pursue the joint degree program.
  2. The joint degree program is not open to students who have already earned the other degree.
  3. Admission to the second program is required no later than the end of the third year of medical school or the second year of law school.
  4. A student must satisfy the curriculum requirements for each degree before either degree is awarded. The College of Medicine awards 4 credit hours toward the senior year requirements for each year that the student is in law school.

M.D./M.S.M. and M.D./M.B.A Joint Degree Programs

The College of Business Administration and the College of Medicine have approved a joint business/medical degree program. Under this program, M.D. candidates may take a year off from their medical studies to complete the Master of Science in Management Degree (M.S.M.) in the College of Business Administration. This course of study may be taken after the first, second, or third year of medical school, although the ideal time is after the second year. Students in the M.D./M.S.M. joint degree program could, after completion of the one year of business courses, also take additional courses required for the M.B.A. These courses would be in place of three College of Medicine electives. If they choose not to take the additional M.B.A. courses, they would be awarded an M.D., M.S.M. upon completion of medical school. If they complete the additional business courses specified by the College of Business, they would be awarded an M.D./M.B.A.

M.D./M.P.H. Degree Programs

A joint degree program is also available through the College of Public Health.  The typical duration of the M.P.H. component of the program is one year.