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UC Davis School of Medicine

UC Davis School of Medicine


The M.D./M.B.A.

Two outstanding schools leading to two important degrees — M.D., M.B.A

The M.D./M.B.A. Program is a program of promise. We have targeted it toward individuals, like you, who wish to develop management skills in addition to becoming a physician. Right from the start, you will recognize the uniqueness of this program and sense the excitement that increases with each class meeting. This is a program that looks to the future. Its objective is to provide a high quality medical and management education to you and others who will be this country's medical and health-care leaders in the 21st century.


This M.B.A. curriculum has been designed with you, the future physician leader, in mind. The UC Davis M.D./M.B.A. program cultivates each student's ability to deal successfully with the challenges of a continually changing, increasingly complex health-care environment. The strengths of our program come from:

  • a managerial approach to basic business disciplines
  • involving students in team projects to promote learning
  • a curriculum that integrates the social, political, economic and ethical aspects of the business of health care into each functional area of management
  • a variety of teaching methodologies including case studies, lectures, class discussions, computer simulations and group projects
  • an emphasis on real-world application of management principles through the use of guest speakers and actual health-care businesses for student projects

Your first year is devoted to mastering the elements in the curriculum which provide a common foundation of fundamental management knowledge and skill. The program allows you to begin studying health services management by the beginning of your second year. To graduate, you will complete 72 hours of credit (24 courses) with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.

Seven required courses

  • Financial accounting
  • The individual and group dynamics
  • Markets and the firm
  • Data analysis for managers
  • Marketing management
  • Financial theory and policy
  • Management policy and strategy

Four breadth courses

  • Managerial accounting
  • Organizational structure and strategy
  • Business, government and the international economy
  • Forecasting and managerial research methods

Thirteen electives

  • Management and innovation
  • Financial management
  • Accounting and budgeting for management control
  • Health-care management
  • Public policy and the health-care industry
  • Legal issues in health care
  • Medical economics and financial management of health care
  • Service marketing
  • Additional selected courses may be substituted for the above listed electives.

Real-world perspective

The program structure emphasizes the application of theoretical knowledge to real-world situations. For example, the Management Policy and Strategy course will challenge you to bring together the management skills you have developed — analysis, synthesis, strategic business planning, human relations and communications. In this course and in others, you will work with "client" businesses on projects emphasizing decision making and problem solving on current issues facing health-care businesses.

Team learning

Learning how to work in teams is a very important part of this program. You will work on group projects in many of your courses. The emphasis on group work stems from our belief that learning is enhanced by an exchange of information and ideas. Each member of your group brings a unique perspective to a course project and offers insights and experience, coupled with your views, that will prompt broader analysis of management issues and problems inherent in the project. In this team structure, you will also see your interpersonal skills strengthened. Your negotiation skills, communication skills, leadership skills and others critical to your job performance as a physician administrator will be sharpened dramatically through this program.

The schedule

Your program will begin with the fall quarter, following your third year in medical school. Before classes formally begin, you will have an opportunity to attend a full-day orientation where you can meet the faculty and learn more about the program. The school offers elective courses in the summer to students who wish to more more rapidly through the program. To enhance medical students' preparation for M.B.A. study, "boot camps" provide opportunities to brush up on necessary skills. These sessions will also give you a change to get to know your classmates.

How to apply

We hope that you will choose to apply and that you will become part of the M.D./M.B.A. Program. All newly accepted medical students and currently enrolled medical students in their first or second year are eligible to apply. The deadline for all applications is June 15. For medical students who apply after this date and who are interested in the program, special arrangements may be made.

Applications are reviewed and evaluated on a continuing basis. Admission is based on a combination of factors, including work experience, demonstrated academic achievement in an undergraduate program, performance on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), interest and motivation, and the personal interview.

Scholastic requirements

Although the program has no specific subject prerequisites, it is strongly recommended that students be proficient in the use of computers and have completed the following course work prior to enrollment in this program.

  • Accounting — An introductory course in financial accounting.
  • Economics — Introductory courses in micro- and macro-economics
  • English — A business communications course.

Application procedures

All students must complete the Application for Admission which requires the following information:

  • Work history (including a description of your current position and job responsibilities).
  • Academic history listing all colleges or universities you have attended.
  • A writing sample.
  • Three letters of recommendation describing your accomplishments, personal attributes and assessing your promise in the program.
  • Official transcripts to verify your achievement of a bachelor's degree or its equivalent or a graduate degree.
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores taken within five years of the application date. In special cases, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores may be considered in lieu of the GMAT.
  • A personal interview with a member of the admissions committee.


The M.D./M.B.A. selection committee will meet with you as part of the application process. In that meeting, you will have an opportunity to discuss topics such as your personal and professional goals, your strengths and graduate education expectations. At the time of your interview, you may wish to make arrangements to visit M.B.A. classes and to meet with faculty members or current students. The Student Services Office will be pleased to arrange your interview and visit to the campus.

The application fee is $40 and is non-refundable. You may obtain an application by calling (530) 752-7399 or e-mail to


You may take the GMAT in January, March, June or October. To obtain GMAT information contact GMAT on the Web or at:

Graduate Management Admissions Test
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6103
Princeton, NJ 08541-6103

(800) GMAT-NOW or
(619) 771-7330

Transfer credit policy

For students admitted to the M.D./M.B.A. program, the Graduate School of Management will accept up to 12-quarter units of graduate credit obtained at a UC campus or up to six units of graduate credit obtained at other universities. Students must submit a petition showing that the request meets the following criteria:

  • Each course must have been at a comparable level to a second year UC Davis M.B.A. course.
  • Each course must be relevant to the student's program.
  • A course may not have been taken longer than four years before the student enrolled in the UC Davis M.B.A. program.
  • A course cannot have been used to obtain another degree.

Financial aid

Contact the School of Medicine's Financial Aid Office. 

For more information on the M.D./M.B.A. Program, call or write:

Kathy Gleed
Director, Admissions and Student Services
Graduate School of Management
Phone: (530) 754-5476