The Doctor of Medicine / Master of Science (M.D./Ph.D.) Program is a dual degree program offered with the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Students applying to the M.D./Ph.D. Program must first apply to and be admitted to the M.D. program at the School of Medicine, and should indicate their interest in the dual-degree program when applying to the Medical School. The program is organized in the following fashion: 2 years M.D. studies + 4 years Ph.D. studies + 2 years M.D. studies.

The Ph.D. program consists of the following requirements:

  • Course Requirement
  • Laboratory Rotation Requirement
  • Research Advisor Match
  • Research Aptitude Examination
  • Teaching Assistant Requirement
  • PhD Proposal Examination
  • Dissertation of Original Research
  • Dissertation Defense

The requirements for the M.D./Ph.D. program are essentially the same as those for the Ph.D. (see Doctor of Philosophy Program sections of the Graduate Handbook). The only variance is in the course requirement, where two Unrestricted Elective courses would be satisfied by courses taken in the M.D. portion of the curriculum.

Sample Timeline:

Years 1 and 2 of M.D. Curriculum

  • M.D. coursework completed towards Unrestricted Elective requirement (3 credits) (x2)

Year 1 Ph.D. Program

  • BIOE 898 Pre-candidacy Research (optional)
Fall Semester
  • BIOE 601 (3 credits)
  • BIOE 604 (3 credits)
  • BIOE 605 (1 credit)
  • Restricted Elective (3 credits)
  • Research Aptitude Examination
Spring Semester
  • BIOE 612 (3 credits)
  • BIOE 606 (1 credit)
  • Unrestricted Elective (3 credits)
  • Unrestricted Elective (3 credits)

Years 2-4 Ph.D. Program

  • TA requirement (1 semester)
  • BIOE 608 (1 credit) (x3)
  • BIOE 898 (1 credit) (when needed)
  • BIOE 899 (6 credits) (x3, post-candidacy)
  • PhD Proposal Examination
  • PhD Dissertation Defense

Years 3 and 4 of M.D. Curriculum