Degree Programs

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The Yale School of Medicine confers the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree in a traditional four-year program or in five years for students who choose an optional, tuition-free fifth year.  The School also offers the following combined degree programs:


The School of Medicine and the Graduate School offer a program leading to the combined degrees of Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). There are 12 participating graduate departments in the MD/PhD Program.


The School of Medicine offers a Master of Health Science (MHS) degree that can be obtained in conjunction with the MD by Yale medical students.  Students may elect to pursue the joint MD/MHS program while they are in the MD program, and no tuition will be charged for the additional year that the MD/MHS program requires.  For more information on the MD/MHS degree program, see:

Other Combined Degree Programs

Special arrangements may also be made to receive the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the Yale School of Medicine combined with a degree from another Yale professional school. Yale medical students wishing to pursue a combined degree program generally apply to the other school while enrolled in the MD program. Options for combined degrees include: