MD/PhD Program

Dartmouth's MD/PhD Program in biomedical engineering combines the medical curriculum at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth with the PhD program at Thayer School. Students must apply to The Geisel School of Medicine as well as Thayer School, indicating their specific interests. Both degrees are awarded simultaneously after typically 7 to 8 years of study.


The foundation for doctoral work is undergraduate preparation in science, mathematics, and engineering principles. Applicants must hold a bachelor's or master's degree to be considered for the MD/PhD program.

Academic Honor

All students, upon matriculation, are required to attend a series of workshops in ethics and sign a statement that they agree to abide by the honor principles established by Dartmouth College. See Graduate Academic and Conduct Regulations for a full statement of academic honor.


MD/PhD candidates are in residence at Thayer School a minimum of 6 terms, including 3 terms of participation in ENGG 196: Seminar on Applied Science and Technology.

Number of Courses

The candidate with undergraduate engineering training (BE or BS degree) plus 2 years of medical school training normally takes:

In addition to engineering and applied mathematics courses, PhD students participate in the following seminars and workshops:

Course of Study

Basic Medical Phase

First-Year PhD Phase

Second-Year PhD Phase

Final PhD Phase

Final Medical Phase

Degree Requirements

MD Requirements

Candidates complete the 4-year MD curriculum. The electives of Year 4 may be fulfilled through PhD dissertation research.

PhD Requirements

Once advanced to PhD candidacy, the student works with a special advisory committee to make sure that all degree requirements are met. The requirements include: