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University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine Establishes New Dual-Degree D.M.D./M.B.A. Program

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The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine has established a new dual-degree program with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, adding a D.M.D./M.B.A. to its dual-degree options. The new program will enable select students to earn their D.M.D. and M.B.A. in 5 1/2 years, and will be an option for Penn Dental Medicine dual-degree applicants beginning in January 2012.

“With all of Penn’s professional and graduate schools on a unified campus, it creates a tremendous opportunity to build interdisciplinary programs for our students,” said Dr. Uri Hangorsky, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Penn Dental Medicine. “We are seeing growing interest among our dental students in an M.B.A. program and are pleased to have joined with Wharton to develop this program.”

With the addition of the M.B.A., Penn Dental Medicine D.M.D. students now have five dual-degree options—a Master of Bioethics and Master of Public Health with Penn’s School of Medicine, a Master of Science in Bioengineering with the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and a Master of Education with the Graduate School of Education. Limited numbers of spaces are available each year for Penn Dental Medicine students to enter one of the five dual-degree programs.

Interested D.M.D. students apply to the dual-degree programs during their first year of dental school, first through the School’s Office of Academic Affairs. If recommended for a program by the Penn Dental Medicine Dual-Degree Admissions Committee, students then apply to the respective master’s program, each with its own admissions criteria.

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