School of Medicine

M.D./M.B.A. Dual Degree Program


The M.D./M.B.A. dual degree program provides students the opportunity to earn both these degrees from institutions consistently ranked among the top in the nation for their respective disciplines.

Over five years, students complete all the requirements for the M.D. Program at Baylor College of Medicine and for the M.B.A. at Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business.


Program Director's Message

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Warmest greetings from Houston, Texas!

As Director of Baylor College of Medicine’s M.D./M.B.A. Program, I am excited that you are interested in exploring the unparalleled experiences that await our trainees in the world’s largest medical center.

In choosing to earn a joint degree in medicine and business, you immediately take responsibility to lead the healthcare sector. Whether your interest is in administration, entrepreneurship, private practice, economics, finance, consulting, or innovation, our program with Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business will open you to worlds of opportunity and the connections that will take you there.

Our five-year program is action-packed. Equipped with foundational sciences knowledge and 1.5 years of clinical experience after three years in medical school, students immerse in Rice’s full-time M.B.A. program. They study business foundations with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise. The program is tailored to allow M.D./M.B.A. students to finish two years of business school within 1.5 years, returning to BCM as fourth-year medical students. During their time at Rice, students cultivate their curiosity through a wide range of healthcare-focused, project-oriented electives and internship opportunities in the Texas Medical Center and the greater Houston area.

The M.D./M.B.A. leadership is committed to helping you reach your full potential as future healthcare leaders. Please visit Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business for more information and contact us to learn more!

Christopher S. Brann, M.D., MBA 


Program Structure


Students in the M.D./M.B.A. spend four years at the medical school and one and a half years at the Jones Graduate School of Business, with an overlap during the summer of their fourth year of studies. Students must complete three years of medical school before entering the M.B.A. program. Students work closely with the Baylor Office of the Registrar and Office of Student Affairs to ensure proper transition between schools.

Year 1 Baylor College of Medicine
Year 2 Baylor College of Medicine
Year 3 Baylor College of Medicine*
Year 4 Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business
Summer of Year 4 Baylor College of Medicine & Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business
Fall of Year 5  Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business
Spring of Year 5 Baylor College of Medicine

*M.B.A. applications are submitted during the third year.

Dual Degree Requirements

  • Credit Requirements: Medical School credit requirements based on matriculation year; Business School credit requirements. During business school, students in the M.D./M.B.A. program must complete all core business classes in their first year and 15 elective business school credits in their second year.
  • Minimum Time Requirements: 5 years
  • Academic requirements:
    • Students in the M.D./M.B.A. program must satisfy all academic requirements for the M.D. degree, including: (1) all required foundational courses; (2) all required clinical courses; (3) elective requirements for dual degree students; (3) the BCM CPX; (4) pass score on USMLE Step 1, Step 2CK, and Step 2CS; and (5) have no professional deficiencies. For more information on the M.D. requirements,
    • Students in the M.D./M.B.A. program follow the same course of study as single-degree full-time M.B.A. students and must satisfy all of the Jones Graduate School of Business requirements for graduation. Learn more about the Jones Graduate School of Business M.B.A. academic requirements.

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