Students usually complete the first three years of the medical curriculum (all basic science courses and the majority of the clerkships) and then take a one-year leave of absence from the Medical School to complete the business education. Students then return to the Medical School to complete the medical curriculum in the required fourth-year clinical clerkships and electives. At the end of the five years, the M.D. degree will be awarded by UT Southwestern and the MBA by UT Dallas.
The 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. Students also may select from a large number of elective courses offered by the Management School to design their own specialization. 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. The goal of the MBA program is to prepare leaders who have mastered the fundamentals of business and learned how to innovate in a dynamic environment.
Students interested in the combined M.D./MBA program should apply for admission to the Medical School following the procedure outlined in the Application Procedure section in this catalog. Once a student is admitted into the medical program, application for the MBA program is completed in consultation with the UT Southwestern M.D./MBA adviser. The exact plan for applying to the business program, leave of absence from the Medical School, and completing the business curriculum will be developed individually with each student to meet each student’s educational and professional objectives. The GMAT is not required for applicants to the MBA program.