Specialized Academic Options for Exceptional MD Students

The College of Medicine is developing a number of dual degree options for CMU students to consider. The first is the MD-MBA dual degree.

MD-MBA Dual Degree

The practice and business of medicine is complex  making leadership, management and specialized skill sets vital to success. Additionally, knowledge of effective business management and administrative practices is critical for physicians to function effectively in today's changing health care environment.

Students admitted to the Medical Doctor (MD) program at CMU and deemed to be in good standing by the Office of Medical Education have the option to earn a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) degree. Six credit hours of the MD program will count towards the MBA degree requirement.

To begin the MBA application process, students must complete the “Approval Form to Enroll in MBA Program” available through the Office of Medical Education. Next, although MD-MBA students are free to take any combination of on-campus and online MBA classes to match their schedules, needs, and interests, they must begin the MBA admission process by applying to the main campus MBA program.

  1. Complete the Approval Form. The application must include a one-page statement describing their purpose and general plan for MBA study at Central Michigan University. The statement should discuss how the MBA degree fits into their future career plans and include past or current activities and achievements, including any relevant business, research, or volunteer experiences that make them a good candidate for admission.
  2. Complete the application for admission to CMU's College of Graduate Studies. 
  3. Submit College of Medicine transcript demonstrating the student is in good standing at the College of Medicine whereby the GMAT requirement for admission to the MBA program may be waived.

MBA admission applications will be accepted between May 1 and May 15 of the M1/M2 year of medical school for Track I and at least one month prior to the start of their ‘gap’ year for Track II (see description of tracks on the following page). We expect MD students to begin the MBA program in mid-June (for MBA 2nd summer session), August (for MBA Fall semester), or January (for MBA Spring semester).

MD students admitted to the MBA program can use up to six (6) credit hours of MED 600 towards satisfying the MBA degree requirements as long as they have a passing grade in MED 600. In this case, two required courses MBA 640 and 660 will be waived. This will reduce the total number of credits needed for MBA to 30 credit hours. Based on the College of Medicine’s recommendation, students will pick from two alternate tracks:

  • Track I expects MD students to take advantage of the MD curriculum calendar to complete MBA courses simultaneously with their MD courses.
  • Track II interleaves an additional year into the MD curriculum that will focus on MBA; it requires students to complete the MBA courses during a concentrated leave between M2 and M3 OR M3 and M4.
  • College of Medicine will not approve enrollment into Track II after the start of year 3.
  • We expect students to apply for graduation from both programs at the same time; one cannot precede the other.

MBA Track I, Sample Plan 1 (option for student starting CCC in Fall):

​MD Calendar Timing
​MBA Calendar Timing
​Suggested Course(s)
​End of M1 or M2
​2nd Summer Term (June 3rd week)
​MBA 610 (O)* & 639(O)
​M3, Blocks 2-6 OR M4, Fall
​1st Fall Term (Aug 4th week)
2nd Fall Term (Oct 4th week)
​MBA 650* & BUS 619
MBA 620* & MBA 630*(O)
​M4, Spring
​1st Spring Term (Jan 2nd week)
2nd Spring Term (March 1st week)
​MBA 670* & BUS 639
MBA 690* & BUS 629 (O)

MBA Track I, Sample Plan 2 (option for student starting CCC in Spring):

​MD Calendar Timing
​MBA Calendar Timing
​Suggested Course(s)
​End of M1 or M2
​2nd Summer Term (June 3rd week)
​MBA 610 (O)* & 639(O)
​M3, Blocks 7-11 OR M4, Spring
​1st Spring Term (Jan 2nd week)
2nd Spring Term (March 1st week)
​MBA 670* & BUS 639
MBA 690* & MBA 629 (O)
​M4, Fall
​1st Fall Term (Aug 4th week)
2nd Fall Term (Oct 4th week)
​MBA 650* & BUS 619
MBA 620* & BUS 630*(O)

BUS classes refer to courses included in Value Driven Organization emphasis; these courses can be substituted to match the student's interest.
*Required MBA courses; (O) are the course to be completed online for timely completion of MBA
Deviations from these plans may be required due to unexpected scheduling changes and students in the MBA program will be advised accordingly.

MBA Track II:

The MBA program can be completed in 12 months between M2 and M3 OR M3 and M4.