Combined MD / MBA Program

Outline of Fountain Outside the School of Medicine The combined MD/MBA program is conducted under the joint auspices of the School of Medicine (MED) and the Graduate School of Management (GSM). This five-year program is designed specifically for students interested in both medicine and the business aspects of medicine. Students will complete the first three years of the medical school curriculum and then spend their fourth year fully integrated into the MBA program at the School of Management within the Health Sector Management Program. During this fourth year, they will take 36 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 courses and 10 management course credits at GSM. The MD degree is awarded by the School of Medicine and the MBA degree in Health Sector Management by the Graduate School of Management.


Requirements for the MD/MBA program are the same as for the traditional MD program (course requirements, MCAT) plus the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).


Students should express their interest in the MD/MBA program when they apply to medical school. In addition to the usual medical school application requirements, applicants for this combined degree program should submit the following materials to the Graduate School of Management Admissions Office:

  • Online Application form including answers to required essay questions
  • Application fee of $125 payable to Boston University
  • Current Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • GMAT results: request official scores and include a copy with your application package (GMAT test scores are valid for 5 years)
  • Official copies of all university-level transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)

Please have all transcripts mailed to:

Boston University – School of Management
Office of Graduate Admission
595 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Applicants should attach a letter to both the Medical School and Graduate School of Management stating that they are applying to the combined MD/MBA program. It is also possible for students to apply for the MD/MBA program after they have begun medical school. Such students should express their interest to Dr. Steven Ober, Co-Director MD/MBA Dual Degree Program at (617/645-3193/ or to Ned Rimer, Faculty Director, ( for further advice.

Degree Requirements

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 in a health sector organization (taken during the summer between the fourth and fifth years). 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.

Further information on the MD/MBA dual degree program is available through the School of Management website at

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