A number of combined degrees programs are offered—each intended to provide additional preparation in the biomedical sciences or in the clinical, professional, or basic areas related to the student's field of interest. The combined degrees programs provide opportunities for especially well-qualified (G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher) and motivated students to pursue professional and graduate education as well as prepare for careers in clinical specialization, teaching, or investigation of problems of health and disease in humans.

For admission to a combined degrees program, each student must have a baccalaureate degree and must already be admitted to the schools offering their chosen combined degrees program. 

Students may be required to interrupt their professional study for two or more years (as needed) to accommodate courses and research for the graduate degrees sought.

The student's concurrent status is regarded as continuous until the program is completed or until discontinuance is recommended. The usual degree requirements apply.

Interested and qualified students may choose from the formally combined degrees programs identified below or from informal concurrent programs. Students wanting to pursue informal concurrent degree programs must be granted permission by the director of the primary program in order to proceed with their requests. Formal requests are required to adhere to the policy on concurrent graduate degree programs. Final permission for an informal concurrent degree program must be obtained from the appointed subcommittee of the provost.

If a student chooses to withdraw from one program at any time, they must meet all requirements for the remaining degree. A student who decides to return to the second program, after having completed the first program, must reapply, be admitted, and fulfill all requirements for the second degree.


For convenience in locating a combined degrees program, some programs are listed twice—the second time with the program names reversed—e.g., Criminal Justice with Social Work or Social Work with Criminal Justice. Combined degrees programs that must be entered in a specified order are listed only once. For example, a master's degree student in bioethics cannot choose to add pharmacy (Pharm.D.), but a pharmacy student can choose to add the M.A. degree in bioethics. Such programs list the primary degree program first.

Counseling (BH) with Marital and Family Therapy (BH) with Drug and Alcohol Counseling (BH)—M.S./M.S./Certificate

Criminal Justice (BH) with Social Work (BH)—M.S./M.S.W.

Dentistry (SD) with Bioethics (SR)—D.D.S./M.A

Gerontology (BH) with Social Work (BH)—M.S./M.S.W.

Marital and Family Therapy (BH) with Counseling (BH)—with Drug and Alcohol Counseling Certificate (BH)—M.S./M.S./Certificate

Medical Scientist (SM)—M.D./Ph.D.

Medicine (SM) with Bioethics (SR)—M.D./M.A.

Medicine (SM) with Population Medicine (PH)—M.D./M.P.H

Medicine (SM) with Religion and Society (SR)—M.D./M.A.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (SD) with Medicine (SM)—Post-D.D.S. specialty certificate/M.D.

Pharmacy (SP) with Bioethics (SR)—Pharm.D./M.A.

Pharmacy (SP) with Health Informatics (AH)—Pharm.D./M.S.

Pharmacy (SP) with Health Professions Education (AH)—Pharm.D./M.S.

Social Work (BH) with Criminal Justice (BH)—M.S.W./M.S.

Social Work (BH) with Gerontology (BH)—M.S.W./M.S.