Combined Degrees and Distinctions

Along with the M.D. degree, UT Southwestern Medical Center offers many opportunities for students to explore combined degrees and to earn special graduation distinctions.

M.D./Ph.D. (MSTP)

The Medical Scientist Training Program at UT Southwestern is one of fewer than 50 M.D./Ph.D.-granting programs nationwide receiving financial support from the National Institutes of Health. The program consists of:

  • Two years of medical school curriculum
  • A minimum of three years of graduate study and dissertation research in an area of basic biomedical science, leading to the Ph.D. degree
  • Clinical studies of the final two years of medical school, leading to the M.D. degree. 


This five-year program focuses on giving future physicians the skill sets for successfully integrating medicine and business. The M.D./M.B.A. is a joint effort of the School of Medicine at UT Southwestern and the School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. 


UT Southwestern and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health offer students interested in studying medicine and public health an opportunity to be awarded a degree in each field at the end of a five-year program. 

Graduation Distinctions

Students who distinguish themselves with meaningful activities in research, health policy, or international health during the course of their medical school training are recognized at graduation and on their diploma as graduating with the degree of Doctor of Medicine, with Distinction (in their specialized area).