MD/MBA

A Dual Degree of the University of Kentucky's College of Medicine and Gatton College of Business and Economics

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Health care and business are increasingly interconnected. While hospital administrators need a solid medical and business background, physicians also are increasingly confronted with complex business decisions. In response to this need, the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics and the College of Medicine offers the MD/MBA dual degree program awarding both Medical Doctorate (MD) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees in five years.


Admissions & Preparatory Courses

The MD/MBA dual degree program awards both the Medical Doctorate (MD) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees at the University of Kentucky. Students interested in the MD/MBA program must apply independently to both colleges and meet the admission requirements of each program. Current medical students typically apply to the MBA program during their third year of medical school. Please review the College of Medicine website for any new updates or information. Before applying into the MBA program, please review the Admissions Requirements, MBA Preparatory Courses and updated GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy.

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Program Description & Curriculum

Giving physicians the skills to successfully integrate medicine and business

Business decisions have a broad impact on the delivery of health care and physicians equipped with the proper managerial and financial skills will be in a better position to effectively function in this evolving environment. Whether managing an individual or group practice, leading a hospital department, or contributing to the development of health care policy, the understanding of fundamental business principles is essential. The MD/MBA dual degree is coupled with the One Year MBA program at the Gatton College of Business and Economics.

Program Overview

Dual Degree Program with One Year MBA

Year 1: Medical school courses as scheduled.
Year 2: Medical school courses as scheduled.
Year 3: Medical school courses as scheduled. Before January 15th, submit graduate school application to the MBA program and satisfy the MBA Admissions Requirements.
Year 4: One Year MBA including the Project Connect internship experience. 
Year 5: Medical school courses as scheduled.

Please note:

  • Candidates can use their MCAT scores in lieu of the GMAT/GRE graduate test requirement, however the GMAT or GRE is required to be considered for a scholarship (as funds are available). 
  • For the MD/MBA dual degree program, the MBA Admissions Committee reserves a certain number of seats each year into the One Year MBA program. Admissions decisions are considered on a rolling admissions, so it's strongly recommended to apply early. 
  • There are several options of completing the One Year MBA program in the MD/MBA dual degree program, however the College of Medicine strongly recommends pursuing the MBA program after the third year of medical school. 

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Contact Us

College of Medicine

Dr. Andrew Hoellein
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
College of Medicine
University of Kentucky | Lexington, KY 40536
859.323.5261 (office) | andrew.hoellein@uky.edu

Gatton College of Business and Economics

Christopher Carney
Director of MBA Recruitment
Gatton College of Business and Economics
University of Kentucky | Lexington, KY 40506
859.257.7645 (office) | christopher.carney@uky.edu

Harvie Wilkinson
Director, MBA Programs
Gatton College of Business and Economics
University of Kentucky | Lexington, KY 40506
859.257.1924 (office) | harviewilkinson@uky.edu