MS+MD Combined Degree Programs
Dartmouth's MD/MS program, offered by Thayer School and The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, is designed for people who intend to pursue clinical practice and want to develop research skills in a related engineering area. It is also well suited to students who want to better understand technologies they will employ as practicing physicians. The program provides a funded research experience in engineering that is expected to lead to a research publication and provides practice in engineering design and analysis.
Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree in engineering and meet the entrance requirements of each school. Application must be made to each school separately. MD students apply to Thayer School in their first, second, or third year of medical school and carry out their MS studies in the fourth and part of the fifth year. The schedule provides 12 months to complete the MS degree and preserves time in July and August following the third and fourth years for important Geisel School of Medicine activities. The MS program requires a minimum of 3 terms in residence at Thayer School.
- Years 1 and 2
- Geisel School of Medicine
- Year 3
- Geisel School of Medicine (through August)
- Year 4
- Thayer School (September-June)
- Year 5
- Geisel School of Medicine (July-August)
- Thayer School (September-November)
- Geisel School of Medicine (December-June)
Applied Mathematics (choose 1 course)
Engineering Courses (choose 2 courses)
- ENGS 110: Signal Processing
- ENGS 130: Mechanical Behavior of Materials
- ENGS 131: Science of Solid State Materials
- ENGS 132: Thermodynamics and Kinetics in Condensed Phases
- ENGS 150: Computational Fluid Dynamics
- ENGS 155: Intermediate Thermodynamics
- ENGS 156: Heat, Mass, and Momentum Transfer
- ENGS 161: Microbial Physiology and Metabolic Engineering
- ENGS 162: Basic Biological Circuit Engineering
- ENGS 167: Medical Imaging
Engineering Electives (choose 3 courses)
- Select 3 additional graduate engineering courses
- Research leading to a written thesis
- An oral defense of the thesis
- MS+MD applicants must apply to both Thayer School and The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.
For MS programs, the deadline for Thayer School to receive ALL application materials is January 1. Only complete applications will be considered for admission. In most cases the Admissions Committee will render decisions by April 30.
Part-time studies are available for residents of the Upper Valley who can meet the requirements for admission. Special and part-time students are ineligible for Thayer School financial aid.
Tips for a Successful Application
MS+MD students typically are funded through a professor’s sponsored research or a fellowship throughout their studies at Thayer School. Therefore, MS and PhD applicants interested in pursuing particular areas of research should contact Thayer School faculty for an initial conversation about research opportunities. During the application process, applicants should indicate all areas of interest in order to be considered for the widest possible range of opportunities.
Interviews are encouraged for applicants to all programs, but are not required. To schedule an appointment, call (603) 646-2606 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth
14 Engineering Drive
Hanover, NH 03755
+1 (603) 646-2606
Only complete applications will be considered for admission.
A completed application includes:
- the online application form
- a $45 application fee
- three recommendations
- the essay(s)
- a transcript from each college and/or university attended
- TOEFL or IELTS scores for those applicants whose native language is not English
- For MEng, MS and PhD applicants during the 2021–2022 admissions cycle, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores will NOT be required nor considered.
- MEM applicants need only provide unofficial scores during the application process.
Students admitted with engineering deficiencies must complete required undergraduate engineering courses.
Students who need more than three courses will enroll initially as a special student.
Students with insufficient engineering background may want to apply to the Bachelor of Engineering (BE) program.