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Combined Degrees



Newly admitted MD students can earn both an MD and an MBA from Tulane’s Freeman School of Business in four years through one of the country’s only accelerated combined degree programs. 

In addition to providing the business acumen to manage a private practice or become a healthcare administrator, an MBA can open career paths in a broad range of sectors, such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology, entrepreneurship, or investment banking. Many students also credit their MBA with making them more competitive in the matching process.  

Additional options include a five-year combined format or a full-time, three semester sequence completed during a year off or prior to residency. 

Learn more on the Freeman School’s website, http://md-mba.tulane.edu/

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The Tulane University School of Medicine, in conjunction with the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, offers combined, or dual, degree programs. Medical students may earn either the MPH, MSPH, MPH & TM or PHD degree while studying for their medical degree.

The masters degree in public health or in tropical medicine requires a student to be enrolled in both the School of Medicine and the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. These combined degree programs are designed as four year programs. Students interested in studying in either of these combined degree programs are encouraged to begin their public health studies during the summer prior to entry into medical school. Additional information can be obtained from the MD/MPH program office.

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MD/MS in Bioethics

Recognizing local needs and national trends, an interdisciplinary faculty from the Program in Medical Ethics and Human Values in Tulane University’s School of Medicine now propose to create a new major degree within a currently existing program. The Master of Science in Bioethics and Medical Humanities will be a special track within the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Graduate Program at Tulane School of Medicine. It will include an option for a dual degree (MD/MS) similar to the other combined degrees shown on this page.

This is a two-year, 33 credit hour post-baccalaureate program leading to a Master of Science in Bioethics and Medical Humanities. This program is designed to improve the credentials of learners who are:

  1. Dual-degree students in Medicine, Law, Public Health, and Social Work;
  2. Interested in applying for admission to medical, dental, and other health-related professional schools;
  3. Mid-Career Professionals who wish to enhance their scholarly and clinical background in these areas for future service or scholarship.

For more information regarding the MD/MS Bioethics and Medical Humanities program, visit: https://medicine.tulane.edu/bioethics/ms or email the program at tulanemedicalethics@tulane.edu  


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Students interested in earning the PhD and MD degrees must enroll in both the Graduate Program in Biomedical Science and the School of Medicine. There are two programs leading towards the PhD degree: MD/PhD Dual Degree Program and the Physician/Scientist Program (PSP).

  • PSP requires enrollment in both doctoral programs prior to beginning medical studies
  • Accepted students must begin graduate studies the summer prior to entry into medical school
  • 2 students accepted each year. Must have exceptional academic credentials and prior research experience
  • Accepted students receive a fellowship covering medical and graduate school tuition costs
  • A stipend is paid during Graduate School studies
  • Accepted students must complete both the PhD and MD degree.

The MD/PhD Dual Degree Program can be entered into anytime after beginning medical school studies, but it is suggested that interested students apply for entry into the Graduate Program no later than prior to the beginning of their third year of medical studies.

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