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The Doctor of Medicine (MD) + Master of Science (MS) program, offered jointly by Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Thayer, is designed for students intending to pursue clinical practice, who want to develop research skills in a related engineering area.
It is also well suited for 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.
MS+MD students typically are funded through a professor’s sponsored research or a fellowship throughout their studies at Thayer. Therefore, MD students interested in pursuing particular areas of engineering research should contact Thayer 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.
Candidates must hold an undergraduate degree in engineering from an accredited institution and meet the entrance requirements of each school. MS+MD candidates must have applied and been accepted to both Geisel School of Medicine and Thayer School of Engineering. MD students from Geisel typically apply to Thayer in the 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 three terms in residence at Thayer.
Select three additional graduate-level engineering courses.
Research that demonstrates a depth of knowledge in a specific field of engineering research or design that leads to a written thesis.
A thesis committee typically consists of three Dartmouth faculty members (including the student's thesis advisor); one of the three may be from outside the program of study.
Candidates must also present a public oral defense of the thesis, which is conducted by the candidate's thesis committee. Candidates are responsible for giving final, signature-ready copies of the thesis to each committee member to review at least two weeks prior to the defense. Candidates must submit an electronic notice of the defense to the registrar two weeks in advance for distribution to the faculty and for posting. A hard copy and an electronic copy (eg. PDF) of the thesis must be submitted to the registrar for archiving. Copyright to the thesis is held by the Trustees of Dartmouth College. Additional information is available from the Thayer registrar and the Thesis Guidelines.
Please Note: MS+MD applicants must apply to both Thayer and The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Please read the application instructions carefully before starting your application.
Only complete applications will be considered for admission.
A completed application includes:
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.
For MS programs, the deadline for Thayer 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.
Information and advice on applying to graduate school is available through Thayer School Career Services as well as Dartmouth Career Services.
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 email@example.com.
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