Dual Degrees and Specialty Programs

The MD curriculum at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai prepares our students for the opportunities and challenges of practicing medicine and conducting biomedical research in the 21st century. If you are looking to pursue your MD with us or have already completed your MD, we have several dual degree and specialty programs to offer you.

Each program is designed to maximize your learning experience in multiple areas of study and provide you with an entry point to a rich variety of postgraduate career options. To apply, you must fill out applications to both the medical and the graduate school or for the medical school and the specific program you are interested in.

We educate future physician-scientists in a rigorous integrated Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Our program combines clinical education with next-generation research in a translational environment. Learn more about the MD/PhD Program

We offer four-year and five-year dual degree options in partnership with the Graduate Program in Public Health.

As a four-year dual degree student, you typically complete all coursework and the practicum during your first two years of medical school and then the master's thesis during your last two years. As a five-year dual degree student, you might consider taking a scholarly year before your final year of medical school. Learn more about the MD/MPH Program

Up to five students in each class are accepted to the Patient-Oriented Research Training and Leadership (PORTAL) program. This five-year MD/MSCR dual degree program is highly selective and features strong mentorship. It is designed to encourage career development for medical students aspiring to be a physician-scientist leader. Learn more about the MD/MSCR Portal Program

If you are accepted into the program, you will be trained in primary care for underserved populations, via longitudinal clinical experiences, advocacy training, and research opportunities. Learn more about the Primary Care Scholars Program

Our students have the option of applying to McKinsey & Company for a two-year fellowship in healthcare consulting and leadership that will take place between the third and fourth years of medical school. This fellowship provides an innovative alternative to more traditional MD/MBA options and provides you with mentorship and training in real-world business, consulting, and leadership from a recognized leader in healthcare consulting. Learn more about the McKinsey & Company Partnership

The Global Health Scholars Program is a five-year, MD/MPH dual degree scholarship program that offers advanced coursework, mentorship, and field experiences to help prepare medical students for careers in global health. Students enter the dual degree program in their first year of medical school and are matched with a faculty mentor based on their academic interests and career goals.  Scholars will develop their critical thinking and research skills by engaging in a year-long scholarly activity, dedicating a full academic year to mentored, global health field work after their third year of medical school.  In addition, Scholars will participate in a Global Health clinical elective experience during their third or fourth year of medical school.

Students are eligible to apply to the Global Health Scholars Program when they have been accepted to the MD Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the School, applicants should have some background in global health (e.g., field of study as an undergraduate, working with underserved populations in the U.S., global health project experience abroad, etc.). The Global Health Scholars Program is a highly selective program targeted to individuals with a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in global health.  For more information, contact the Global Health Scholars Program.

Our Academic Partnership with Deloitte Consulting trains future leaders in academia, clinical care, business, policy, administration, and operations in healthcare. Our students can apply to a competitive one-year paid healthcare consulting fellowship between the third and fourth year of medical school. This experience provides strong mentorship and real-world business, consulting, and leadership credential at one of the world’s leaders in health care consulting. Learn more about the Deloitte Consulting Academic Partnership

Our Institutional Partnership with the Department of the Navy allows enlisted men and women, as well as officers, provisional acceptance to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) unencumbered by the traditional science requirements and MCAT. To be considered for admission, applicants must be on full-time active duty with the Department of the Navy and hold a baccalaureate degree recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Candidates admitted into the Program are offered provisional acceptance to ISMMS and then may defer their acceptance to continue their military service and meet all necessary requirements.

Application Requirements:

The application opens in August and the deadline is November 15. Students must apply to ISMMS through the Institutional Partnership application system.

  • The Institutional Partnership application is open to full-time, active duty personnel members of the Department of the Navy
  • Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. or Canadian accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be considered for admission
  • Three letters of recommendation, including a letter from Commanding Officer (required) and Battalion Surgeon (suggested)
  • Articulate a compelling connection between your military service and a career in medicine or biomedical research
    • Describe your experience(s) in the military (e.g., training, deployments, or medical internships while on active duty) that you believe will bring a unique perspective and value to a medical school class and the profession of medicine.
    • One year (two semesters or equivalent) of college science in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics (AP credits will not be accepted for this requirement). The requirement must be fulfilled within the same science discipline (i.e., a year of college biology, a year of college chemistry, or a year of college physics), and must be completed at a U.S. or Canadian accredited institution. No online courses can be used to fulfill the requirement.   
    • Standardized Testing: SAT, ACT or National Exams
    • Conferred undergraduate baccalaureate degree and transcripts from all academic institution(s) attended for academic credit  showing all courses, grades, and degrees received (if any).
    • Resume 

Selected applicants will be invited to interview at the Icahn School of Medicine. These interviews will take place from December through February. Decision notifications are sent out on a rolling basis.

Prior to matriculation:

Prior to matriculation, students will be required to complete the following:

  • One year of Biology*
  • One year of Chemistry*
  • One semester of Physics*
  • One semester of Statistics*
  • One year of Laboratory work in any science*
  • Honorable discharge from military service
  • 100 hours of clinical work any time since starting college

In the five weeks prior to matriculation, students who have not had advanced science courses (specifically organic chemistry and biochemistry) will be required to participate in our Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) that will provide them with basic competency in cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, and organic chemistry.

*No online courses can be used to fulfill the pre-matriculation requirements

Admitted students will be required to achieve a ‘B’ in all required courses, will be expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5, and will not be permitted to take the MCAT.

For additional information on the Department of the Navy/ISMMS Institutional Partnership, contact Admissions.