Guidelines | UMMS Dual Degree Programs for Students Applying
UMMS provides flexibility for students who wish to combine their medical education with a second advanced degree in many fields including biomedical sciences, business, public health, public policy, and science information.
For medical students seeking a master’s degree through the Dual Degree Program, they must first receive the endorsement from the Office of Medical Student Education’s (OMSE) Competency Committee (CC). This endorsement is not automatic. Applicants are expected to have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and professionalism in Medical School. The endorsement process includes a rigorous review of the applicant’s overall medical school performance and application materials.
ALL Medical Students must successfully complete ALL clinical requirements (Sub-I, ICU, EM) and clinical electives in the Branches.
1. Last week in August: Nani Hunter will email M3 students the required steps, materials and deadlines for those interested in obtaining a Dual Degree.
2. October 1st: The deadline for student documents to be submitted to Nani Hunter
Materials requested: Dual Degree Intent Form, curriculum vitae and a written personal statement outlining their goals in pursuing the master degree. To complete the Intent form and upload your cv and statement, please go to: Intent Form
3. November and December: Dual Degree applicant information is added to the Branches Competency Committee (BCC) and Competency Committee (CC) agendas for endorsement decision.
4. By end of December: Students will be notified of the Committee’s decision to whether they will or will not receive Medical School endorsement to pursue a Dual Degree.
- Dr. Cyril Grum’s, Director of UMMS Dual Degree Program, 20/21 Dual Degree PowerPoint presentation slides.
The best resource for the steps taken to get from the medical school endorsement process and graduate program’s application process to beginning and completing your master’s degree are the students who have already gone through the dual degree process:
- A List of Dual Degree Students (GY21 and GY22) who have agreed to be that resource for you was created, please feel free to contact them with questions regarding the process.
- Compiled advice from previous dual degree students, who completed the following degree programs: Master of Public Health (MPH) – Epidemiology, MPH – Health Behavior & Health Education, MPH – Health Management & Policy, Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) – Health Management & Policy, MPH – Outside Institution, and Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR).
With any Leave of Absence from UM Medical School, a student must meet with selected staff in the Office of Student Services prior to stepping out of registration, please 1) meet with your House Counselor and then 2) in a joint meeting, meet with the Registrar, the Scheduling Specialist, and your assigned Financial Aid Officer.
1) Your House Counselor:
Student Services Counselors Office: 734-936-1513
- Tu'Rone Elliott, M.S., L.P.C. - Hamilton House
- Eric Middleton, Ph.D. - Salk House
- Amy Tschirhart, M.A., L.P.C. - Sanford House
- Christine Neejer, PhD - Fitzbutler House
2) Joint Meeting:
Scheduled by Nani Hunter by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Registrar’s Office: 734-647-3507
Cindy Murphy – Registrar
OMSE Scheduling Office: email@example.com
Amy Yoki – Senior Scheduling Specialist
Nani Hunter – Scheduling Specialist
Financial Aid Office: 734-763-4147
Mary Jo Blinn — M1 and M2
Tammy Stacy — M3 and M4
Admission to the Graduate School is a separate application process. For most master degrees, students must complete the application process through the Rackham Graduate School Admissions office. The exception,
- MBA must apply directly to the Ross Business School Admissions
- MSI must apply directly to the School of Information
- MPH dual degree application process: School of Public Health Application PDF (There are some SPH departments that require students to apply through Rackham Graduate School Admissions)
For tuition rate/fees for all schools, please visit the school’s website or click on Tuition Rate/Fees
Dual Degrees are integrated programs, but there are differences between the Dual Degrees:
- The MD/MBA, MD/MPP, and some MD/MPH are combined degrees that share the same degree citation and conferred only after the completion of both school degree requirements are complete.
- All other Dual Degrees, initiated through Rackham Graduate School, are two different degree citations on the transcript and two separate diplomas.
ROSS BUSINESS SCHOOL: The M.B.A. portion of the dual degree is 45 credit hours. Students typically take a leave of absence from medical school between the third and fourth years of study to complete their business administration coursework. Students are able to complete the MBA summer internship between the fourth and fifth program years. During the student’s 5th year, they will spend one semester completing the MD requirements, and the other semester completing both Medical School and MBA requirements. ~The GMAT/GRE requirement is waived for University of Michigan Medical School students. On the Business School application, please answer "Yes" to the question, "Are you a current Law or Medical student at the University of Michigan?"
Detailed information regarding the MBA requirements for MD dual degree student: https://www2.bus.umich.edu/MyiMpact/academics/dual-degree-opportunities-medicine
Ross Business School
700 E. University Kresge Hall
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234
Deadline –September 14th
Deadline - January 4th
Deadline - March 29th
SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH: The M.P.H. portion of the program is 42 credit hours. Students typically take a leave of absence from medical school between the third and fourth years of study to complete their public health coursework. ~MCAT is accepted in lieu of GRE.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO SHARE: Within the School of Public Health, there are two different Dual Degree citations and conferrals:
- Dual Degrees initiated directly with the School of Public Health are typically combined degrees that share the same degree citation and conferred only after the completion of both school degree requirements are complete.
- Dual Degrees initiated through Rackham Graduate School are two different degree citations on the transcript and two separate diplomas.
Link to: Master in Public Health (MD/MPH)
School of Public Health
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029
Application for Fall 2021 cohort will open September 1, 2020.
GERALD R. FORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY: The M.P.P. portion of the program is 42 credit hours. In addition, there is a non-credit requirement where students must complete a 10 week summer internship in a policy-related position. Students typically take a leave of absence from medical school between the third and fourth years of study to complete their public policy coursework. ~MCAT is accepted in lieu of GRE.
Link to: Master of Public Policy (MD/MPP)
Ford School of Public Policy
735 S. State St. #2234
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH-EPIDEMIOLOGY: The MSCR program consists of 38 credits, including a 6-credit research practicum. ~MCAT is required.
Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR)
2800 Plymouth Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800
MSCR does accept applications after the initial deadline, however, those students may not be eligible for one of the fully funded spots.
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION: Students must formally apply to the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education (CSHPE) in the School of Education and follow their admissions process. The M.A.Ed. consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours. Medical Students will complete one year of M.A.Ed. courses. ~MCAT is accepted in lieu of GRE.
Link to: Master of Education (M.A.Ed)
School of Education
Center for Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education (CSHPE)
610 E. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1259
MEDICAL SCHOOL-DEPARTMENT OF LEARNING HEALTH SCIENCES: The HILS master’s program is offered through the Rackham Graduate School and follow their admissions process. The HILS consists of 27credit hours and designed to be completed in three semesters over 12 months. Students typically take a leave of absence from medical school between the third and fourth years of study. ~MCAT is accepted, if required.
Student Affairs Program Mgr
Learning Health Systems
UM Medical School
209 Victor Vaughan Bldg, 2054
1111 E. Catherine St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2054
SCHOOL OF INFORMATION: The MSI program consists of 39-42 credits. Medical Students typically take a leave of absence from medical school between the third and fourth years of study to complete to complete their MSI coursework. Students are able to complete the MSI summer internship between the fourth and fifth program years. ~There is no testing requirement listed for admissions. MCAT is equivalent to GMAT and GRE.
School of Information
333 Maynard St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2293
Other Master Degrees completed by medical students.