The University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics offers a dual degree program with the College of Medicine. The MD/MBA dual degree is designed to give physicians the skills to successfully integrate medicine and business. Business decisions have a broad impact on the delivery of health care and physicians (equipped with the proper managerial and financial skills) will be in a better position to effectively function in this evolving environment. Whether managing an individual or group practice, leading a hospital department, or contributing to the development of health care policy, the understanding of fundamental business principles is essential.
Students must apply formally and independently to each program and meet the admission requirements of each. Candidates applying for the MBA program can use their MCAT scores in lieu of the GMAT/GRE graduate test requirement, however the GMAT or GRE is required to be considered for a scholarship (as funds are available). There are several options of completing the One Year MBA program in the MD/MBA dual degree program, however it’s strongly recommended to pursue the MBA program after the third year of medical school. Applicants should indicate interest in the dual degree program via the AMCAS application by designating an application type of Combined Medical Degree/Graduate.
The MD/MBA dual degree is coupled with the One Year MBA program at the Gatton College of Business and Economics. The cross-disciplinary MBA curriculum includes classes in marketing, management, and finance; as well as more technical business courses such as quantitative analysis, operations management (supply chain), marketing research, global management, and data analysis. Students will also obtain valuable soft skills in areas of critical thinking, negotiations, presentations, communications and problem-solving. The MBA courses and soft skills provides physicians the necessary business acumen to advance and lead within the complex healthcare ecosystem. Most students complete the MD and MBA programs in five years, enrolling in the MBA courses after the third year of medical school (recommended). Students complete the MBA capstone project during the Advanced Development (final) phase of the UK College of Medicine curriculum.
For additional information regarding the MD/MBA program, please contact the Office of Medical Education at 859-323-5261. More information can also be found on the Gatton College of Business MBA website.