M.D./M.B.A.

All new four-year M.D./M.B.A.

Many of the greatest challenges in health care today are business problems.

In today's complex health care environment, physicians who have both a medical degree and a master's of business administration degree will be highly sought for leadership positions at hospitals, health care systems, and health and medical-related businesses

  • The Warrior M.D./M.B.A. program helps you as a physician-in-training to understand the economic and financial aspects of and the strategic, organizational and operational issues within the health care industry so that you can one day support efforts to drive health care system improvements.
  • Completion of your joint degree will open up career pathways that include leadership roles in: 
    •  Hospital  administration
    • Health care policy research and policy development
    • Pharmaceutical, medical device, health tech and insurance companies
    • Entrepreneurial endeavors ranging from the creation of a private practice to the establishment of a non-profit focused on addressing health disparities, to a potential role of founder or medical advisor to health care startups. 
  • Unlike many programs, the Warrior M.D./M.B.A. is completed in four years. You will not need to step away from medical school for a year or delay the start of your residency.

Program Description

Students in the M.D./M.B.A. program will receive an exceptional medical education and hands-on clinical experience, and critical business and leadership skills during this dual degree 4-year program.

  • M.D./M.B.A. electives are designed and co-taught by Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business faculty, ensuring a high degree of integration and knowledge transfer.
  • M.B.A. courses are taken concurrently during the 18-month Pre-Clerkship and 14-month Post-Clerkship phases of the M.D. program.
  • The curriculum provides:
    • core courses in both medicine and business, as well as supporting/elective courses in each field
    • specialized courses in medicine and business opportunity for interdisciplinary coursework with students and faculty in fields associated with health care, such as nursing, pharmacy, public health and biomedical engineering
  •  Upon successful completion of this program, students will be prepared for employment as physicians and in a wide range of additional settings in the public and private sectors.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants to this program must be admitted to both the School of Medicine four-year Doctor of Medicine Degree Program and the Mike Ilitch School of Business M.B.A. Program.
  • Students are first granted admission to the M.D. program and then apply to the M.B.A. program during their first year of study.
  • Students must meet the admission and graduation requirements of both programs and will enroll concurrently in the two programs during most of the period in which they are completing their degrees.

Curriculum Requirements

  • M.D. students complete all but one of the M.B.A. core courses before their one-year clerkship.
  • M.B.A. courses are situated within the M.D. curriculum to take advantage of the School of Medicine curriculum.
  • Students complete a minimum of 36 credits for the M.B.A. program, with nine credits transferred from the M.D. program; nine credit hours are double counted and used to fulfill the degree requirements for both the M.D. and M.B.A. program. Medical students in the program save time and money by completing the joint degree program under this four-year timeframe.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete the required courses for both programs and in accordance with the Graduate School policies and regulations.
  • Students completing requirements for only one degree will be awarded only that degree.