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M.D./MBA Degree Program

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Johns Hopkins University

School of Medicine/Carey Business School

Curriculum Overview

The curriculum of the MD/MBA program reflects the requirements and content of two degree programs: the Medical School Genes to Society curriculum and the Global MBA curriculum. Both are innovative new approaches to education in their respective fields.

In the dual-degree program, students will complete the first two semesters of the MBA program at the Carey Business School before starting medical school. In the summer semester, the students will complete the second phase of Discovery to Market project and will take two MBA electives. In academic years 2 and 3 of the 5-year program, the students will complete years 1 and 2 of medical school. The summer between the first and second years of medical school (AY2 and AY3) and after the second year (AY3) will be devoted to medical school related classes or activities. During academic years 4 and 5, the students will complete the academic requirements of the MD program and take MBA elective courses required to complete the MBA degree at Carey.

The typical MD/MBA candidate is expected to follow the sample schedule, outlined below.

Application Process

Students applying to the MD/MBA program will be required to meet the admissions criteria of the JHU School of Medicine and be admitted to the MD program.  If the students are accepted by the SOM, their application will be forwarded to the MBA Admissions Office for review by the business school. The MD/MBA Academic Program Committee will approve the final candidates for the dual- degree program.  Admitted students will  receive  admission to the School of Medicine and the Business School for the dual-degree program. Applicants are required to have an MCAT score, however, the GMAT is NOT required.


This dual degree program is designed with two basic pathways. Each requires a slightly different process 

Pathway 1: Students that identify during the application process as interested in this dual degree would begin their first year at Johns Hopkins with the Carey MBA and then start their MD degree in year two of the five year program. These students will apply to SOM for the Regular MD program and will select the Combined Medical Degree/Graduate Program designation on the AMCAS application and the Dual MD/MBA on the Hopkins secondary application. SOM will first make its own admissions decision on the applicant for the MD program.

Students who are admitted to the Regular MD program and have expressed an interest in the Dual MD/MBA program will then be considered by Carey. Applicants must comply with each of the Party’s stated admission requirements for the Program. Applications and supporting documents will be shared between the Parties. SOM will retain the application fee. The admissions committees for each school will make their own independent admissions decision. Decision letters will be sent from each division.

Pathway 2: We recognize that some students may not decide to enter the dual degree program until after they have matriculated within the SOM. Students who wish to matriculate into the MD program and then to do their MBA work between years 2-3 of the MD can apply to this dual degree program by December 31 of their second year. They will first notify their SOM advisor and will be referred to the Carey school to complete their application for admission and will be evaluated for admission by the Carey admissions committee. Although these students would do the MBA work between the 2nd-3rd years of the MD program, they will need to do a scholarly concentration that can apply to the dual degree. Thus the scholarly concentration would normally be business oriented.

Degree Requirements and Completion

Students in the dual-degree program must complete all of the degree requirements at both schools before they receive their MD and MBA diplomas. 

For the Carey MBA program, the students are required to complete 54 credits of the MBA program. Up to 12 credits from the MD electives can be applied to their requirements for the MBA electives, subject to review and approval of the MD/ MBA Academic Program Committee.

MD/MBA Curriculum structure: Example

Academic YearSchoolCoursesCredits
AY1Carey Business SchoolGlobal MBA Program
Required courses for the 1st year students
33 credits
Summer Intersession
(8 weeks)
June 6 – August 1
Carey Business SchoolDiscovery to Market
(2nd phase of the project)
MBA Elective MBA Elective
3 credits
2 credits
2 credits
AY2School of MedicineYear 1 of MD program 
AY3School of MedicineYear 2 of MD program 
AY4School of MedicineYear 3 of MD program
Clerkships and Electives
AY4-5Students take 1 courses (2 credits) at Carey Business School,
During 4th or 5th year of the program, flexible schedule.
2 credits
AY5School of MedicineYear 4 MD program
Clerkships and Electives
Residency Interviews
MD degree All requirements of the MD Program
MBA degree 54 credits, including
42 credits taken at Carey and
12 credits applied from the MD program*

*Subject to review and approval of the MD/MBA Academic Program Committee

Proposed courses in the MD curriculum to count toward MBA degree:

  1. Foundations in Public Health, Ethics and Epidemiology:  42 hours total
    Includes 24 hours /sessions on Health Policy, Economics and Ethics and 18 hours of Epidemiology
    Offered in fall of Year 1 of MD program. 
  2. Scholarly Concentrations: 54 hours total
    Course meets throughout Year 1 and Year 2.
    Students are expected to produce a scholarly project by March of Year 2 of MD program.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Billing and financial aid assistance will be managed separately by each institution.  MD/MBA students will pay full tuition and fees at the school they are registered each semester.  All billing costs charged to the student through Carey Business School must be satisfied before student will receive any financial aid funding through School of Medicine.

Students may apply for financial aid assistance through both schools.  However, funding will only be provided through the school for which the student is currently matriculating.  Financial aid from one school may not be used to cover costs for the other.

Estimated Tuition and other Costs:

All billed and estimated other costs are subject to change within 2-4%.  Students will be notified of actual costs when finalized.

Carey Business School – MBA Costs Projections – 2016-2017

 Fall 2016Spring 2017Summer 2017Total
Estimated Billed Expenses:    
Matriculation fee$500$0$0 
Activity fee$0$0$0 
Health insurance *$1,900$0$0 
Total Billed Expenses:30,900$28,500$28,500$87,900
Estimated Other Expenses:**    
Books and Supplies$1,500$1,500$825 
Food and Rent$7,400$9,250$3,700 
Total Other Expenses:$11,132$12,982$5,517$29,632
Total Costs   $117,531
* All students must have health insurance.  School's plan is optional
** Amounts may vary based on students actual expenses



School of Medicine – MD Costs Projections  - 2016-2017


Class 2020

Class 2019 Class 2018Class 2017
Estimated Billed Expenses:     
Tuition$50,160$50,160 $50,160$50,160
Health insurance *$3,744$3,744 $3,744$3,744
University Health Svc Fee$475$475 $475$475
Dental Insurance$147$147 $147$147
Matriculation fee**$740$0 $0$0
Total Billed Expenses:$55,266$54,526 $54,526$54,526
Estimated Other Expenses:***     
Imaging Fee$200$200 $0$0
Books and Supplies$1,000$1,000 $1,000$1,000
Rent & Board$14,000$16,800 $16,800$12,600
Travel Expenses$1,800$2,000 $2,000$1,700
Personal Expenses$2,000$2,400 $2,400$1,800
USMLE$0$600 $1,875$0
USLME Travel$0$0 $0$587
Loan Fees$272$272 $272$272
Total Other Expenses:$19,272$23,272 $24,347$17,359

Total Costs

$74,538$77,798 $78,873$72,485
* All students must have health insurance.  School's plan is optional
** Matriculation fee will be waived
** Amounts may vary based on students actual expenses

 For additional information, view Carey Business School Financial aid and School of Medicine financial aid.