Dual Degree Programs


While medical students can develop investigative careers without a PhD degree, the PhD program in the Biomedical Sciences can offer both a broad and in-depth biomedical scientific education that will allow for an expanding clinical investigative career.

The Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Rutgers University and Princeton University offer a combined MD/PhD program with fellowships and tuition support for outstanding students. Students who are applying to Robert Wood Johnson Medical School may apply to the MD/PhD program directly in conjunction with their application to this medical school. Students whose undergraduate academic record and/or research accomplishments indicate strength and aptitude for success in a biomedical research environment may be considered for concurrent admission to the combined MD/PhD program. These students are encouraged to begin their graduate experiences during their first year of medical school and the summer prior to the first year of the medical school program. Continuing in the combined program is contingent upon maintaining "Good Academic Standing" (i.e., "B" average or equivalent) in both the graduate and the basic science component of the medical program. Students already enrolled in Robert Wood Johnson Medical School may also apply to join the MD/PhD program.

Candidates pursue their PhD training in a biomedical science discipline offered by Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Piscataway Campus at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the Graduate School of Rutgers University, and the Graduate Program in Molecular Biology at Princeton University. Research areas include Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Cell & Developmental Biology, Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and Immunology, Physiology & Neurobiology, and Toxicology. By arrangement, PhD studies can also be performed in Public Health at the School of Public Health, and in other graduate programs at Rutgers University.
The usual program will be a schedule providing three years in the Graduate School as follows:

Year I


Medical Year I


Year II


Medical Year 2 USMLE Step 1


Year III


Graduate Year I


Year IV


Graduate Year 2


Year V


Graduate Year 3


Year VI


Medical Year 3


Year VII


Medical Year 4


For further information and an application form, please contact:
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
675 Hoes Lane
Piscataway, NJ 08854-5635
(732) 235-5016

More information can readily be obtained through links from the GSBS Web site:
RWJMS/Rutgers/Princeton MD/PhD Program

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