Joint Degree Programs

Joint  Degree Programs


The University of Illinois offers several programs in which another degree is earned in addition to the medical degree.

Joint degree programs enable students to earn an MD while pursuing additional degree paths. Both degrees are awarded simultaneously.

The MD/PhD Degree is offered both through the Chicago Campus's Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) and through the Urbana Campus's Medical Scholars Program (MSP). The two programs are separate, but if they were combined their scale would rival or exceed that of the very largest MD/PhD programs in the nation. Each program makes recommendations to the admissions committee for acceptance, in most cases prior to initial matriculation.

The MD/MPH, MD/MBA, MD/JD, and MD/MS CTS are Joint Degree Programs in which some of the training toward the MBA, MPH, JD, and MS may be campus specific whereas, in most cases, the MD portion of the training can be completed at any of the four campuses. For these programs, first year medical students (M1) are eligible to apply and applications are not due until December 1 during the M1 year. The Joint Degree Steering Committee makes the final decision on acceptance. The MD/MS in Bioengineering will be a new program in fall 2015.