Combined Degree Program, M.D./Ph.D.

The combined M.D./Ph.D. program is available to students with superior academic records and strong research potential. In the course of the program, a student will pursue the medical school curriculum for the first two years, spend three to four years in the Ph.D. program, and then complete the final two years of the medical curriculum.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Prospective students must begin their application by applying to the School of Medicine through American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and indicating they wish to apply to the MD/PhD program. Once that primary application is completed students must then apply to the Ph.D. program in one of the basic science departments in the School of Graduate Studies and be accepted through the M.D./Ph.D. Committee.

Applicants to the M.D./Ph.D. program must meet both the School of Medicine and School of Graduate Studies admission requirements, including the School of Medicine requirement to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

ADMISSION CRITERIA: Minimal criteria for consideration of admission are: MCAT scores of 504; GPA 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) and GRE combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 300. The GRE is required.

Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 throughout the program. After the first two years of medical school, students must pass Step I of the USMLE before starting the Ph.D. program. When all the requirements for the Ph.D. program have been met, the student may begin the third year of medical school.


1. MS Year 1 and 2. Current year Tuition and Non-Resident Fee is paid by the student.

2. MS Year 3: Current year Tuition and Non-Resident Fee is paid by the M.D./Ph.D. Program Waiver. The M.D./Ph.D. students also receive reimbursement of Tuition and Non-Resident Fees paid in MS Year 1.

3. MS Year 4: Current year Tuition and Non-Resident Fee is paid by the M.D./Ph.D. Program Waiver. Student also receives reimbursement of Tuition and Non-Resident Fee paid in Year 2.

Students begin the Ph.D. curriculum after MS Year 2 and receive financial assistance from the Graduate Studies Ph.D. Tuition and Non-Resident Fee Waiver program. Stipends are provided during Ph.D. studies. Students cannot receive the M.D./Ph.D. Program Waiver and The Graduate Studies Waiver during the same term.

If a student withdraws from either the M.D. or Ph.D. portion of the program the student is required to reimburse all tuition and fees paid or waived.

F. Scott Kennedy, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Student Admissions- School of Medicine

Kelly Tatchell, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies

1501 Kings Highway
Shreveport, LA 71103