Frequently Asked Questions

What advantages does the MD/PhD degree offer?

This program will prepare you to excel in a career as both an investigator and a clinician educator.

How long would it take me to complete the MD/PhD combined degree program?

On average, the program takes seven years to complete– four years for the MD component and three or more years for the PhD component.

What are my grading requirements in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) since this program is more difficult with seeking two degrees simultaneously?

MSTP students are expected to receive a grade at or above the 50th percentile for the class average in all medical school courses. In the PhD component, students are expected to receive a letter grade of B+ or better in all courses.

What are my financial obligations to complete such a program?

To allow you to concentrate on your studies and research, we provide full financial support throughout the MSTP program. The funding is provided as a fellowship by the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences during the MD component and as a stipend by the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health during the PhD component. Learn more about the program’s financial support.