The dual degree program takes into consideration the shared goals of both the M.A. and M.D. programs and allows for completion of both degrees in five years. Dual degree students complete the first two years of medical school curriculum as normal. After the Step 2 exams, students pursue a year of MA classes (summer, fall and spring). They then return to third year clinical rotations. Two MA classes will be completed in the fourth year rotations, completing both degrees.
This structure allows for the completion of the majority of the academic coursework prior to the busy clinical years of medical school and ensures that students will never have to sacrifice clinical experience for academic accomplishments. It also helps develop and preserve the cohort support that is so important during the first two years of medical school. It also allows for a complete focus on preparation for the Step 2 exams before beginning the dual degree work.
The program strives to offer a competitive pricing structure for students. The five-year program consolidates the costs of both degrees. The break out year is charged at current School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies rates. The remaining four years are charged at current Medical School tuition rates.
Financial aid may be available through the appropriate school. As well, a limited number of Graduate Assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Students awarded the assistantship will receive a full tuition waiver, health insurance, and a stipend of $15,000 for the MA year of the program. Thereafter the student will be responsible for the normal costs of attending the University of Louisville Medical School.
Admissions decisions are handled independently for each school involved in the dual degree program. In order to be admitted to the M.D./M.A. program you must be admitted to both the Medical School and the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.
However, since students will be already matriculated in the School of Medicine before applying to the MA program, it is possible to accelerate the MA application process. Any transcipts or letters provided during the Medical School application process remain available and will not need to be resubmitted. An official final transcript will need to be provided if not already received.
Candidates must complete an application to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies and provide a 2-4 page personal statement answering the question: “Why have you decided to pursue an M.A in Bioethics and Medical Humanities?” before the November 15th deadline.
Requirements may change, please check with the program for details about the admissions process or for answers to any questions.