The MD/MBA Program

The health care industry now represents one-sixth of the U.S. economy. As the U.S. healthcare system continues to evolve, it is becoming increasingly valuable for physicians to couple their medical training with business school knowledge and skills. MD/MBAs are positioned uniquely to take on leadership roles in health care, whether it is an entrepreneurial, administrative or policy-based role. Goizueta Business School students pursuing career interests in health care receive a world-class business education in an intimate learning environment in the unique setting of Atlanta’s Clifton Corridor. The Clifton Corridor is home to the Emory University’s medical facilities, Emory University School of Medicine, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

Frequently Asked Questions

When do I complete my MBA?

Goizueta offers MD students from any medical school to take a leave of absence from their medical studies to attend Goizueta’s One-Year MBA Program which runs from May to May of each year.  Typically, medical students enroll after completion of their third year of medical school and return for their fourth year after one year.

When do I apply?

Most MD/MBA applicants will apply during the third year of their medical studies.  Applicants are encouraged to apply by the end of Round 2, which is Dec. 9; however, applications will be considered if received by Jan. 27. 

What will my course schedule look like?

  • Academic Pre-Sessions Begin May 7, 2012 (Tentative Date)
  • Mandatory Orientation Program begins on May 15, 2012 (Tentative Date)

What is the course workload like at Goizueta?

The course workload is comparable to other graduate programs. The first semester may be more intense due to taking the required core business courses; however, students have found the workload to be manageable overall.

What courses in health care do you offer?

  • An Introduction to the Business of Healthcare (BUS 504)
  • Advanced Topics in Strategy in the Healthcare Sector (BUS 506)
  • Innovation in the Healthcare Industry (BUS 642)
  • Healthcare Operations, and Technology Management (BUS 652)

Approved Rollins School of Public Health Courses:

  • Economic Evaluation (HPM 522)
  • Health Insurance Concepts (HPM 562)
  • Health Care Administrative Law (HPM 557)
  • Fundamentals of Public Health Law (HPM 561)
  • Physician Performance (HPM 556)
  • Health Outcomes (HPM 564)
  • Public Finance & Health Care Systems (HPM 521)
  • Contemporary Health Policy Issues (HPM 572)

The Goizueta Healthcare Association enables students enrich their MBA experience with healthcare-related coursework, directed studies, internships and extracurricular activities. Students also host the Goizueta Healthcare Forum which brings together key alumni and top executives in the industry – from marketing, to finance, to consulting, to entrepreneurship – for discussion on emerging topics and critical issues. Students have the opportunity to work with clinic administrators, management and physicians on operation and strategy projects at The Emory Clinic. Throughout the year Healthcare Case Competitions allow students to integrate medical experiences and business skills to address real world decisions. Students network with individuals working in areas ranging from finance to strategy in the healthcare field.

How do I apply?

Goizueta requires that all applicants complete our online application. It is not necessary to complete your application in one sitting. Until you submit your application, you may access it from any computer using the username and password that you created. Specific directions can be found here.

Do I need a business background?

No. Goizueta students come from diverse professional, academic and personal backgrounds. While it is not necessary to have an undergraduate degree in business, for applicants to our One-Year MBA Program, we do require the following four classes: Microeconomics, Corporate Finance, Financial Accounting and Statistics.

How can I complete the pre-program course work requirements?

Many candidates will enroll in online extension courses offered through University of California-Berkeley or Harvard University. Others will take courses at a local college and some students may be able to satisfy the requirements by taking courses. Our Admissions Office can help advise you on the best course for you.

Do I need work experience?

Although work experience is not a requirement to apply to the MD-MBA program, the Admissions Committee believes that professional experiences add to the community both in and out of the classroom. While our typical MD/MBA candidate does not have extensive work experience, we value the diverse perspectives that they bring to the program.

When should I take the GMAT or GRE?

There is no recommended time to take the GMAT or GRE. Some students study and take the GMAT or GRE during the summer after their 1st year of Medical School. Other students study and take it over a winter break. It is up to the student to determine when the best time is.

How much is tuition?

Tuition is set by the Emory University Board of Trustees each January. We can provide you with an estimate based on the cost to attend Goizueta’s One-Year MBA Program in the current year.  Please see the chart below. 

Estimated One-Year Program Cost

Tuition (3 semesters)

$ 63,600


$ 751


$ 25,215


$ 3,000

Health Insurance

$ 2,000

Total Program Cost

$ 94,566

*Additionally, a one-time $100 Orientation fee will be due with admissions deposit.

Any planning considerations when choosing Medical School electives?

As you plan your Medical School electives, please keep in mind Goizueta’s One-Year MBA Program begins in early May.

Does Goizueta offer scholarships to MD/MBA students?

Goizueta does not have scholarships specifically for medical students; however, all applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships. Decisions are based on the overall strength of the application file. Undergraduate grades, rigor of academic program and field of study, quality of work experience, leadership experiences, GMAT scores, interview evaluation and recommendations are all considered in making scholarship decisions. Awards are made at the time of admission.

What can MD/MBAs do with their degree after residency?

MD/MBAs have gone into a broad range of career paths such as an academic physician, owner of a clinical practice, director in a hospital, consultant in the business world, healthcare policy researcher, etc. The knowledge and business skills you will gain are transferable to many fields and positions.

Are there opportunities to participate in healthcare business-oriented activities?