DDS-MBA Dual Degree

Why get a DDS-MBA dual degree?

Oral health care is changing. At the Adams School of Dentistry, so is dental education. We are creating new ways to give our students an edge once they graduate.

A DDS-MBA dual degree better prepares students for an ever-changing work environment that increasingly requires graduates to be adept in both clinical knowledge and business skills.

Graduates with a foundation in business and in dentistry will well prepared to enter highly competitive management and administrative positions within the fields of business and dentistry.

Not only will you be equipped to better start and manage your own practice, you can help others do the same.

So, why combine dentistry and business? Because you want to transform dentistry and business.

Program Structure

Year 1 Full Time Dental School (DDS 1)
Year 2 Full Time Dental School (DDS 2)
Year 3 Full Time Business School
Year 4 Full Time Dental (DDS 3) and Part-Time Business School
Year 5 Full Time Dental School (DDS 4)

Students may also participate in internships and other programs offered through the business school during their five years of study as their dental school course load permits.

During the fourth year of the dual degree program, third year dental students (DDS 3) are required to attend didactic sessions once per week, allowing students the flexibility to pursue MBA electives around their clinic hours.


Prospective students must be admitted separately to each degree program.

Applicants may apply to the dual degree program either concurrently with the student’s application to the dental school or during the first or second year of dental school.

Prospective students will be required to take the GMAT or GRE for admission to the MBA program and the DAT for admission to the DDS Program.


Students will complete core MBA coursework during their third year of study while enrolled full-time at the business school during a one-year leave of absence from the dental school.

Students return to the business school in the fourth year to complete MBA electives for their graduation requirements.

Students will also be expected to complete remaining dental school requirements during the fourth and fifth years of study.

The program will offer project courses and practica in the healthcare field that bridge the students’ dental and business training while drawing on resources within the university and the local science and business communities that are unique to the region and will serve to further set the program apart from other programs of its kind.

Tuition and Fees

Dual degree students will pay three semesters of tuition and fees to the business school at the business school rate.

For the remainder of the five-year program, dual degree students pay tuition and fees to the dental school at the dental school rate. Tuition will be split between schools during the fourth year.

Tuition and fees for the MBA program academic year are available here.

Students should apply for financial assistance for the three semesters of business school through the Kenan-Flagler Business School’s financial aid office.

Likewise, questions regarding financial assistance and school-based scholarships for the remainder of the five-year program should be routed through the Adams School of Dentistry’s Office of Academic Affairs and the Dental Foundation of North Carolina.

Students in the dual degree program will be limited to a total of five years of financial aid from the business school and dental school toward completion of the dual degree.


Current dental students will be eligible to apply for admission to the dual degree program. Students applying to the dental school are also eligible to apply and defer admission to the MBA program for two years.