Combined M.D./M.B.A. Degree

The combined M.D./M.B.A. degree program is a joint effort of UT Southwestern Medical School and the School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Students usually complete the first three years of the medical curriculum (all basic science courses and third-year clinical rotations) and then take a one-year leave of absence from the Medical School to complete the business education. Students then return to UT Southwestern to complete the medical curriculum in the required fourth-year clinical clerkships and electives.

At the end of the five years, the medical degree will be awarded by UT Southwestern and the M.B.A. by UT Dallas. 

Business Curriculum 

The 53-credit hour business curriculum starts with the traditional M.B.A. core (accounting, information technology, economics, statistics, marketing, finance, and organizational behavior) and adds additional seminars that emphasize the “softer skills” needed to succeed in business.

Students may also select from a large number of elective courses offered by the School of Management to design their own specialization. These concentrations allow students to uniquely distinguish themselves based on their own personal and professional goals. Elective courses include: Corporate Finance and Policy, Consumer Behavior, Database Management Systems, Conflict and Negotiation, Money and Capital Markets, Corporate Taxation, and Corporate Financial Reporting.

M.D./M.B.A. Admissions

Students interested in the combined M.D./M.B.A. should apply for admission to UT Southwestern through the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS). Once a student is admitted into the medical program, application for the M.B.A. program will be completed in consultation with the UT Southwestern M.D./M.B.A. advisor.

The exact plan for application to the business program, leave of absence from the Medical School, and business school curriculum completion will be developed individually with each student and crafted to meet each student’s educational and professional objectives.

Example Completion Plan for M.D./M.B.A.

M.D. Only
Combined M.D./M.B.A. Program


Medical School Business School
Fall 1 1st Year Curriculum 1st Year Curriculum
Spring 1 1st Year Curriculum 1st Year Curriculum
Summer 1
Summer Break
Summer Break Possible M.B.A. class(es)

Fall 2

2nd Year Curriculum

2nd Year Curriculum


Spring 2

2nd Year Curriculum

2nd Year Curriculum


Summer 2

USMLE and 3rd Year Curriculum

USMLE and 3rd Year Curriculum**


Fall 3

3rd Year Curriculum

3rd Year Curriculum**


Spring 3

3rd Year Curriculum

3rd Year Curriculum**


Summer 4

4th Year Curriculum

3rd Year Curriculum through end of June or early July then 4th Year rotation or elective**


Fall 4

4th Year Curriculum

Leave of Absence
- Financial Accounting
- Business Economics 
- Quantitative Introduction to Risk and Uncertainty in Business
- Introduction to Marketing Management
- Introduction to Organizational Behavior
- Financial Management
- Global Business

Spring 4

4th Year Curriculum and M.D. Graduation

Leave of Absence
- Financial Management
- Managerial Accounting
- Information Technology and MIS Fundamentals
- Operations Management

- Recommended Electives (6 cr)
- Contemporary Business Issues in Strategy and Policy

International Trip

Summer 4


Leave of Absence
- Strategic Management
- Recommended Electives (13 cr)

Fall 5


4th Year Curriculum***
Business Pro-Seminar


4th Year Curriculum***
MD Graduation

M.B.A. Graduation


**MS3 schedule to be worked so that the off period is last in the year; the student can then take two MS4 courses prior to their leave of absence (based on availability). This will allow broader flexibility in the MS4 year in order to take the remaining M.B.A. course(s).
***In the MS4 schedule, M.B.A. course(s) should not be scheduled at the same time as the medicine sub-internship, acute care, and ambulatory care rotations. These rotations are time intensive; remaining M.B.A. course(s) should be taken during off time or electives where scheduling is more flexible (with approval of course director(s) if concurrent enrollment occurs).