Dual-Degree Programs

Stanford supports a wide range of opportunities to pursue more than one advanced degree, both within the School of Medicine and throughout other schools across the university.


The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) enables a select group of incoming medical students to concurrently pursue a PhD in a scientific field of interest. Students are accepted to the program through the MD admissions process and arrive at Stanford already on track to obtain both degrees.

Non-MSTP students who wish to add a doctoral program after starting the MD program are encouraged to work directly with their department of interest to discuss joining its program.  


The master's of science in medicine program gives PhD candidates in-depth exposure to clinical medicine that will help them develop the expertise to pursue translational research. Students selected to interview with any of the PhD programs offered at Stanford University can apply for admission to this program on a competitive basis.  


The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a professional degree that prepares students to be leaders in the area of public health. The area of study emphasizes population-based approaches to solving complex health issues. Students from all Stanford scholarly concentrations may pursue a degree in public health  in partnership with an external institution.

MD/MS degrees

Bioengineering:  The master's degree program applies engineering principles to medical problems and biological systems that encourage the development of new technologies and therapies.

Biomedical informatics:  The master’s degree program enables trainees to solve challenging problems in biology and medicine through the application of computer science, statistics and other quantitative disciplines to today's growing volume of biomedical data.

Community Health and Prevention Research: The master’s degree program prepares precision health-focused professionals to responsibly and effectively address preventable health challenges faced by diverse communities across the life course.

The master’s degree program offers instruction and research opportunities that address the distribution and determinants of diseases across different populations.

Health services research:  The master’s degree program focuses on investigations in statistics, outcomes research, cost-effectiveness and technology assessment. The program prepares students for research careers in health services or health policy analysis. 


Stanford's dual-degree MD/MBA program combines medical training and a business degree in a five-year curriculum, creating opportunities in health-care management and business administration.


joint degree in law and medicine opens many career opportunities with law firms, medical-device makers, biotech companies, venture capital firms, government regulators and other institutions.


Stanford University offers a joint degree in public policy and medicine.

Departmental Dual Degrees


The individually designed MA in education is designed solely for Stanford doctoral students enrolled outside the School of Education. Individuals who are not enrolled in a doctoral program are not eligible.


Stanford's Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources allows students to integrate science with law and business to address critical environmental and sustainability issues. 


Public Policy

Stanford University offers two master's degree programs in public policy.  The master’s in public policy is a two-year professional degree, and is offered as a joint degree with medicine. The master’s of arts in public policy is a one-year non-professional degree. 

Stanford University School of Medicine consistently ranks among the top U.S. medical schools, and faculty members routinely secure the highest amount of research funding per investigator in the country. 

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