A combined program of study which leads to the awarding of both an MD and PhD degree is available to students who wish to pursue a career in research and academic medicine. Such programs usually take six or seven years to complete. Students complete the first two years of medical school followed by a second two or three year period of graduate study and thesis preparation and a final two years of ambulatory and hospital-based clinical clerkships. Stipends are available to cover tuition and defray expenses during the years when a student is enrolled as a PhD candidate.

Application to this program is generally made during the freshman or sophomore year of medical school.

More information is available by contacting the Graduate Studies Office at 518-262-5253.


The MD/MPH is available for medical students at Albany Medical College in conjunction with the University at Albany. The program prepares students to become physicians who have the skills to address both clinical and public health problems.

Students can apply after they have been admitted to the medical school, usually during their first or second year. The degree can be completed in five years with the MPH coursework completed during the summers and the third year of study.

Dual MD/MBA in Healthcare Management

The Clarkson University MBA in Healthcare Management/Albany Medical College MD is designed to provide students with a business understanding specific to health care and move them on to their medical education quickly. While many other medical schools offer a generic MBA, the Clarkson University MBA in Healthcare Management is focused on the health care environment. Students study alongside others with a passion for health care, and learn how to manage a medical practice, deliver quality care in a cost-containment environment, market a practice, and lead other health care professionals.

Dual degree students are first admitted to Albany Medical College and then apply separately to Clarkson University. Once admitted to both institutions, they defer the start of medical school by one year and spend one year at Clarkson University working on MBA courses. The second through fifth years are spent completing the MD degree requirements at Albany Medical College.

The combined programs allow students to “double count” courses which reduces the total time and cost associated with completing the two degrees separately. Four courses taken at Albany Medical College are transferred back to Clarkson University to meet MBA requirements. The combined degree is typically completed in five years.

It is possible to join the dual degree program after the start of medical school. Students leave medical school at the end of their third year and spend 13 months at Clarkson University completing MBA course requirements before returning to medical school for the final year.