Joint Degree Programs

MD/MBA Program

A collaborative effort between New Jersey Medical School and Rutgers Business School, this dual degree program provides medical students with a background relating to healthcare management. It provides the opportunity to learn in a unique environment with a diverse community of students, taught by internationally renowned professors while broadening their career perspectives.

Applicants interested in the MD/MBA program are required to apply directly to Rutgers University Business School either prior to matriculation at NJMS or during their first year of medical school. Medical school applicants applying to the MBA program are required to take the GMAT examination, and must apply and be accepted into Rutgers Business School independently of their medical school acceptance.


Credits - 60 (MBA)
Status - Full time
Campus - Newark
Entrance Exam - GMAT

For the program description and additional information please visit:


Rita Galen, Director of Admissions
Rutgers Business School
Phone: 973-353-1234
Fax: 973-353-1592

MD/MPH Program

NJMS sponsors this program in conjunction with the Rutgers - School of Public Health. The Program allows medical students to complete both their MD and MPH degree in five years.

Applicants must have completed an undergraduate program accredited in the United States or the equivalent and must have demonstrated significant academic achievement in an appropriate discipline.

Application to this dual degree program is limited to students who have already been accepted at New Jersey Medical School.

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MD/PhD Program

The Interdisciplinary MD/PhD Program is designed as a seven-year integrated experience. The first two years consist primarily of pre-clinical medical school courses. Laboratory rotations are performed in the summer prior to entering medical school or following the first year. Years 3-5 generally involve full time research towards the PhD degree in a laboratory of your choice. The final two years of the program focus on clinical experience. Coordination between the clinical and research years is designed to facilitate a smooth transition between aspects of the Program.

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission to the MD/PhD Program include a strong academic record, letters of recommendation (including at least one from a research mentor), evidence of ability to succeed in a research environment, and competitive MCAT scores (no GRE scores are required). Application should first be made to New Jersey Medical School. During the NJMS application process, a specific application to the MD/PhD Program will be required.

MD/PhD Early Decision Program

Applicants interested in the Early Decision option for the MD/PhD Dual Degree Program will receive prompt review by both the MD and PhD program committees. MD/PhD Early Decision applicants must complete the AMCAS applications by August 1. Additionally, we require applicants to submit the PhD application and all other required materials including the Secondary Application with fee or fee waiver and letters of recommendation by September 1. Notification is sent out by October 1. MD/PhD Early Decision applicants are either admitted to the entering class or placed in the regular applicant pool for consideration. Those placed in the regular applicant pool for consideration are then able to apply to other medical schools.

Research Facilities

The MD/PhD Program was co-founded by the New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS). These schools are strategically located in close proximity to other New York and New Jersey academic and pharmaceutical research institutions, providing a dynamic clinical and research environment. NJMS provides a superb clinical education experience through its facilities at University Hospital and other affiliated hospitals in Essex, Morris and Bergen Counties. In addition, NJMS is associated with a variety of state-of-the-art treatment and research facilities. These include the New Jersey State Trauma Center, the Center for Fertility and Reproductive Medicine, the Center for Human Molecular Genetics, the National Tuberculosis Center, the Center for Emerging and Re-emerging Pathogens, the Informatics Institute, Cancer Center and the International Center for Public Health in Science Park. Laboratory experiences in the Program provide a thorough foundation in the theoretical and practical aspects of biomedical research. Research opportunities are available in a wide range of fields including molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, cell biology, immunology, molecular genetics, microbial pathogenesis, pathology, physiology, pharmacology and neurosciences. The research programs are well supported by numerous core facilities, including animal care, transgenic mice, mass spectrometry, molecular resource, microscopic imaging and computing services, as well as the George F. Smith library.

Financial Assistance

MD/PhD Scholarships are available to all accepted applicants to the Program. Scholarships include tuition deferrals/waivers and a stipend during all years in the Program. Stipends, which are effective July 2008, are as follows:

  • Years 1-2 - $20,000 (paid by NJMS)
  • Years 3-5 - $28,455 (paid by GSBS)
  • Years 6-7 - $26,500 (paid by NJMS)
For further information, please contact:

Padmini Salgame, Ph.D.
Director, MD/PhD Program & Graduate Medical Research Program
Professor, Department of Medicine
Centre for Emerging Pathogens
185 South Orange Avenue
Newark, NJ 07103

MD with Thesis Program

The M.D. with Thesis Program offers a unique opportunity to NJMS medical students to conduct original research of excellent quality during their Medical School training. The student is expected to devote one year exclusively to independent research that is Laboratory, Clinical or Population based. The additional year of research experience will provide students the opportunity to study a certain subject in depth. The Program is specifically designed for a rigorous development in scientific thinking, including a thorough understanding of research methodology and scientific writing. The program is highly suited to students who plan a career in Academic Medicine. The M.D. with thesis program will be administered through the Office of the Senior Associate Dean for Research in conjunction with the Office of Education. The program will be operated by a Committee consisting of representative Faculty members from basic and clinical sciences departments and overseen by Dr. Salgame, Director of Graduate Medical Research Program.

Student Selection Criteria
  • Academically strong students
  • Students from the Summer Biomedical Research program
  • Students with previous Research experience
Program Goal and Learning Objectives

The overall goal of the program is to provide medical students an opportunity to acquire research skills and foster independent scientific thinking. The specific objectives are:

  1. The student obtains training in research skills and critical thinking- formulation of a hypothesis, designing experiments that will allow for testing of the hypothesis, and critical evaluation of data.
  2. The student learns the art of communicating scientific findings-Oral and written.
For further information:

MD with Thesis - Full Program Details

or contact:

Padmini Salgame, Ph.D.
Director, MD/PhD Program & Graduate Medical Research Program
Professor, Department of Medicine
Centre for Emerging Pathogens
185 South Orange Avenue
Newark, NJ 07103