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School of Medicine Columbia

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Our dual degree offers lab mentorship, an abundance of hands-on clinical opportunities and all the research resources you'd expect from a Tier 1 research institution. When you've completed the program, you'll have a deep understanding of both patient care and research practices.

About the Program

Start your degree in the M.D. program, where you'll complete your basic science courses as well as hands-on research. During this time, you should begin thinking about your potential research interests. Our Ph.D. program gives you some space to explore different options, however, our strong mentor/mentee focus means you should have an idea of what you would like to study and which professors could help you meet your research goals.

Over the course of seven years, you'll alternate between a focus on the M.D. program and a focus on research. This allows you to streamline courses that overlap, develop the clinical skills you need to practice medicine and develop the research skills you need to pursue a competitive post-doc. 


Why Get a Dual Degree

A dual degree will give you a deeper understanding of medical research and how it applies to patient care. When you've completed the program, you'll be able to practice medicine and conduct high-impact research. 


How to Apply

In order to be qualified for the dual degree program, students must already be admitted to the M.D. program. After your first year in the program, you'll be able to apply for the dual degree. You should show an interest in both science and medicine by participating in prior medical research activities, such as internships in university departments, the NIH or CDC.


Applying to the School of Medicine 

The School of Medicine uses the American Medical College Application to process it's applications. Before you apply, be sure you meet all the requirements for the program


Applying to the Ph.D. Program

You'll apply to the Ph.D. program through the USC Graduate School. Before you apply, be sure you meet all the requirements for the program



  • Application deadline for M.D. program is November 1st
  • Application deadline for Ph.D. program is April 1st 
  • MCAT scores
  • GRE scores

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