Dual Degree Programs


Creighton University School of Medicine students have the option to earn their Doctor of Medicine (MD) and an advanced degree through one of four joint degree programs: MD/PhD, MD/MBA, MD/MSCTS (Clinical and Translational Science) or MD/MSHCE (Health Care Ethics).

As health care evolves, many doctors benefit from additional training in areas such as business, leadership and ethics. A dual degree can provide more career opportunities and increase your effectiveness in a changing health care environment.

MD/PhD Options

The MD/PhD trains physician-scientists to become integral components of the healthcare system – now and in the future.

During your training, you’ll:

  • Provide excellent patient care
  • Guide discovery in disease-focused biomedical research
  • Promote translational research with accelerated progression of discoveries to the bedside
  • Lead biomedical research and healthcare delivery

Learn more about available areas of PhD study.


The MD/MBA gives students additional career opportunities as administrators and executives in healthcare-related fields. As a physician in a large or small practice, it can also help you perform business-related functions more effectively.  

Learn more about Creighton’s MD/MBA program, curriculum and admissions requirements.

Clinical and Translational Science

The MD/MS in CTS gives students the ability to conduct clinical and translational research as independent investigators during the course of their residencies in their chosen specialties. 

The master’s degree portion of your education will prepare you to: 

•    Identify important clinical questions 
•    Develop research protocols 
•    Conduct clinical and translational investigations in highly interdisciplinary and collaborative team settings 
•    Generate pilot data 
•    Analyze and record results in a publishable form 
•    Develop and submit grant proposals 

Learn more about Creighton’s MD/MSCTS program, curriculum and admissions requirements.

Medical students can also pursue a PhD in Clinical and Translational Science alongside their medical degree. Learn more about M.D./Ph.D. options.

Health Care Ethics

Earn your medical degree while exploring health care ethics in depth. Both a certificate in health care ethics or a master’s degree in health care ethics can be pursued in conjunction with the M.D. program.

Medical students in the certificate program can graduate within four years with both an M.D. and a Graduate Certificate in Health Care Ethics. The certificate portion is completed online.

Completion of the MD and MSHCE typically takes five years, with the MSHCE program portion online.