Combined MD/MBA Program
The dual degree MD/MBA program links the MD degree with intensive management education at a top business school providing graduates with a full MBA with a concentration in the health sector. This five-year program is designed for students interested in both clinical medicine and the business aspects of medicine, and is tailored for individuals seeking careers in clinical leadership in the for-profit and not-for-profit industries. Graduates pursue careers in a wide range of health care, such as traditional health care delivery, academia, life sciences, health information technology, government service, and entrepreneurship—where graduates become leaders in starting new health care ventures.
Students not already in the School of Medicine who are interested in the MBA/MD should submit completed applications to both the School of Medicine and the Questrom School of Business. Within both applications, the applicant should express his or her interest in this particular dual degree program. Regardless of the deadline you choose to meet, please be sure to submit your applications to each school at the same time.
It is also possible for students to apply for the MBA/MD program after they have begun medical school. Such students should email the admissions office to express their interest.
To view required essays and the admissions checklist for the Questrom School of Business, visit the Admissions Process page.
The MD/MBA program is conducted under the joint auspices of Boston University’s School of Medicine and Questrom School of Business. Students complete the first three years pursuing the standard medical school curriculum and then spend their fourth year fully integrated into the MBA program at Questrom.
During this fourth year, students will take 39 credit hours of management courses, with an emphasis on health sector issues. Multiple aspects of the sector are addressed, including health care delivery, the life sciences industry, and health information technology. In their fifth year, students will complete their remaining medical school courses and 7 management course credits at Questrom. The MD degree is awarded by the School of Medicine and the MBA degree in Health Sector Management is awarded by the Questrom School of Business. Both degrees are granted at the medical school graduation.
To earn both degrees, students must successfully complete the required classroom and clinical coursework for the MD degree, the required coursework for the MBA degree, and a 400-hour field placement “internship” in a health care business or organization. Students must earn the grade of Pass or Honor in all MED courses and must maintain a grade point average of 2.7 (on a scale of 4.0) in MBA courses.
A management-oriented internship in a health sector business setting is also required, which is completed flexibly during the MBA or the last year of medical school, depending on the intended clinical specialty and schedule of the student. The business internship provides a compelling real-world experience to complement the intensive, experiential education provided in the classroom.