Joint Degree Programs

The School of Medicine currently has several formal joint or dual degree programs: the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD), Masters of Public Health, Masters of Science in Bioengineering, Masters in Aerospace Engineering Sciences, and the Masters in Business Administration program.

Medical Doctorate/Master of Aerospace Engineering Sciences


The School of Medicine has joined with the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at CU Boulder to offer a  MD-MS degree program. The goal of this program is to prepare trainees to lead the next generation of human spaceflight in clinical, research, engineering, and programmatic positions. The overall curriculum lasts 5 years during which students will spend one year at CU-Boulder obtaining their MS in Aerospace Engineering with a focus on bioastronautics. They can also elect to complete an MS thesis or develop more hands-on engineering experience via Graduate Projects courses. More information is available in this presentation.

Medical Doctorate/Master of Business Administration
The School of Medicine, working with the University of Colorado Denver’s downtown campus and the University of Colorado Boulder campus, also provides the opportunity for students to earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in one calendar year. Students enter this program after completing the Plains, Foothills, and Alpine curriculum. Students must apply to one of the MBA program’s separately in addition to applying for the MD program. The University of Colorado Denver’s downtown campus program will waive the requirement for the GMAT and use the student’s MCAT scores. The University of Colorado Boulder campus does not require the GMAT and does not substitute it with the student’s MCAT score. Each program provides an excellent opportunity for medical students who wish to understand the business of medicine and to develop the skills necessary to work in health care administration.

Medical Doctorate/Master of Public Health
The MD/MPH program is a joint degree program in which students generally take MPH coursework for 3 semesters between Phase III and Phase IV. Students can select a concentration in Applied Biostatistics, Community and Behavioral Health, Community Health Education, Environmental and Epidemiology, Health Systems, Management and Policy, or Generalist. 

Medical Doctorate/Master Bioengineering
The MD/MS in Bioengineering program enables current MD candidates to complete MS requirements in bioengineering. A motivated student can complete these requirements in three semesters, usually taking a year off between Phases III & IV (May to May). Additional time may be required depending on the student’s course choices and research project. All students will be evaluated in a final oral defense examination that includes an open research seminar.

Medical Scientist Training Program
The MSTP program offers a combined MD/PhD degree and is a rigorous multi-year program in which students complete the basic science curriculum and then enters the graduate school to complete basic science research leading to a doctoral thesis before returning to complete the clinical curriculum.

Office of Admissions Contact Information

  • Jeffrey SooHoo, MD, MBA
    Assistant Dean of Admissions 
  • Karina Goodwin, MA
    Admissions Manager
  • Lamar Cherry, BA
    ​Senior Admissions Specialist 

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