Degree Programs

In addition to the primary MD degree, P&S offers a number of dual degree programs and track options. Please explore our many options below:


During the admissions process, applicants may apply to the MD, Columbia-Bassett, MD/PhD, or the Three year PhD/MD (for individuals who already have a PhD).


P&S and Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, NY, have established a track in which students experience their 18 month basic science curriculum at P&S and their clinical curriculum, including all core rotations, at Bassett. This program, supervised by the Medical school, permits students interested in learning medicine in a rural environment, utilizing a longitudinal curriculum with exposure to health care management, to obtain an MD degree.

For additional information, please visit the Columbia-Bassett website.


This program aims to produce the next generation of leaders in medical research with an emphasis on the qualities of both medical and scientific training. This will enable the program's graduates to be innovative at the bench and to play a key role in the translation of scientific findings to clinical research.

For additional information, please visit the MD/PhD website.

3 year PhD to MD (for individuals who already have a PhD)

Students in this program enter medical school with a PhD in biomedical science. The curriculum is designed for these students to complete the MD degree requirements in three years.

For additional information, please visit the 3 year PhD to MD website.


Once enrolled in the MD program at P&S, interested students may apply for the MD/MPH Dual Degree Program combining the MD and Master in Public Health programs.

The MD/MPH dual degree program, combining the MD and the Master of Public Health programs, is specifically tailored to the needs of students enrolled in Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) and is available only to them.  Most students elect to undertake the public health program between the third and fourth year of medical school, completing both degrees in five years.


Additional Master's Degree Programs

Other dual degree programs which may be of interest to medical school students include: