Physicians treat patients’ illnesses and conditions, researchers
pursue cures to these same maladies. The combination of these two
closely related disciplines is found in the MD/PhD dual degree program.
The MD/PhD program at Wright State uniquely prepares graduates for
diverse areas of research where discovery is facilitated by close
interactions between the laboratory and patient care settings.
During the first two years of this program, the student completes
the pre-clinical portion of the medical school curriculum and two
The research phase then begins as the student selects a research
focus from any of our four areas of concentration. All of our thesis
mentors are strongly committed to including MD/PhD students on their
biomedical research teams. The next three years are focused on cutting
edge research, and the defense of the resulting dissertation.
Lastly, the final two clinical years of the medical school curriculum
and the boards are completed, and the student receives both the
MD and PhD degrees.
Dual degree graduates find challenging and highly rewarding careers
working as physician scientists in settings across the entire health
care spectrum. They often become faculty members at medical schools,
universities, and research institutes.
Potential M.D./Ph.D. students must first be accepted into the Boonshoft School of Medicine. (See: medical school application and admission requirements.)
Dual-degree candidates must also apply for acceptance into the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program through the Wright State University Graduate School. (See: Graduate School application and admission requirements.) An applicant's MCAT scores may be used in place of the GRE score requirement. Original transcripts must be sent to the Graduate School. Please contact the program coordinator of the BMS Ph.D. Program once your application has been submitted to request that the MCAT scores are sent from the Boonshoft School of Medicine to the WSU Graduate School.
Three letters of recommendation are required for the BMS Ph.D. Program. Applicants may use the letters submitted with the Boonshoft School of Medicine application, or choose to submit new letters.
The application deadline for the BMS Ph.D. Program is March 1 for consideration for the following academic fall semester.
Students accepted into the MD/PhD program will be offered some combination of stipend and tuition remission. For more information click