Combined M.D./MBA Degree

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

Students usually complete the first three years of the medical curriculum (pre-clerkship and clerkship periods) 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 MBA by UT Dallas.

Business Curriculum

The 53-credit hour business curriculum starts with the traditional MBA 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.

M.D./MBA Admissions

Students interested in the combined M.D./MBA 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 MBA program will be completed in consultation with the UT Southwestern M.D./MBA adviser.

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 and crafted to meet each student’s educational and professional objectives.

Example Completion Plan for M.D./MBA

 M.D. OnlyCombined M.D./MBA 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 MBA 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 credits)
  • Contemporary Business Issues in Strategy and Policy

International Trip

Summer 4   Leave of Absence
  • Strategic Management
  • Recommended electives (13 credits)
Fall 5   4th Year Curriculum*** Business Pro-Seminar
  4th Year Curriculum***
M.D. Graduation
MBA Graduation  

***In the MS4 schedule, MBA course(s) should not be scheduled at the same time as selectives. These rotations are time intensive; remaining MBA 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).