Degree Programs

The University of Massachusetts Medical School - School of Medicine has two degree programs; the MD program and the MD/PhD program or Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). Both programs are open to residents and non-residents of Massachusetts. Review our residency policy to see if you qualify as a resident for tuition and fee purposes.

MD Program

The University of Massachusetts Medical School's MD program pledges to provide students with a comprehensive and personally rewarding medical education. We aim to prepare our graduates to be caring, competent, and productive physicians serving a diversity of patients and communities. Whether a student plans to practice in primary care or pursue subspecialty training, the four year educational program at UMass Medical School is designed to develop the foundational competencies required of all physicians.

1st year medical school class

Our curriculum emphasizes early patient care exposure from the first weeks of medical school to help students develop strong clinical skills in communication, clinical problem solving and professionalism. Students are encouraged to engage in student activism, service and advocacy within the community. Our courses and clerkships are continuously reviewed to keep pace with the rapidly changing science of medicine, the evolving standards of professional medical practice, and state-of-the-art educational methods necessary for teaching and learning in the technological age.

MD/PhD Program (MSTP)

The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) funded MD/PhD program offers exceptional training opportunities for those interested in pursuing a career as a physician/scientist.  It combines the curriculum of the School of Medicine (SOM) and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) to provide a structured foundation of diverse topics, with the flexibility necessary to meet the needs of the individual student. 

The goal of the MD/PHD program is to provide highly motivated students the opportunities to develop skills and experience in biomedical investigation and the practice of medicine. This is a rigorous and challenging program, and upon successful completion the student is awarded both the PhD in Biomedical Sciences and the MD. We train physician-scientists who will make significant contributions to health care and who will become the leaders of academic medicine.

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