This dual degree is offered by the Lee Business School in conjunction with the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV. The world is changing quickly and today’s business leaders are faced with new challenges in a complex business environment supported by new communication technologies and organizational structures. Success in the new global marketplace requires teams of executives working across functions and across borders.

The MBA programs at UNLV prepare students to succeed in today’s business environment by providing them with the needed skills, knowledge, and tools to become visionary and creative leaders. The program focuses on ethics and critical thinking, business communications, the role of the firm and its goals and markets, firms’ strategic planning and positioning, supply chain management, international business culture, information technology, leadership, and teamwork.

The mission of the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV is to prepare a diverse student body for the delivery of patient- centered care and meaningful careers in clinical practice, research, and community service. The program integrates foundational science and primary care clinical experiences with community-based service learning that addresses population health and social disparities, incorporates independent research projects that contribute to the growth of scientific knowledge and community health resources, and develops strong commitments to public service and lifelong learning. The curriculum is community-based, and includes instruction in biomedical ethics, ethical decision-making, patient safety, population health, as well as training in professionalism, cultural competence, bias recognition and reduction, interprofessional collaborative skills, and non- traditional medical topics, such as hospitality and the legal and business facets of medicine. The Doctor of Medicine (MD) program emphasizes the core competencies of medical practice: knowledge, patient care, communication, reflection and self-improvement, professionalism, and understanding of broader healthcare system. The curriculum is organized around the relationships between students, faculty, and the community, and provides the cognitive and technical skills necessary to succeed in any clinical environment. Students will directly apply their learning in the service of others, and provide compassionate, high quality care in collaboration with many other health professionals.


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Learning Outcomes


  • Recognize and evaluate ethical, legal, and regulatory dimensions of business decisions.
  • Communicate effectively business ideas and analyses in writing. Communicate effectively business ideas and analyses in the oral presentation.
  • Work effectively in a team-oriented environment.
  • Apply business concepts to managerial decision-making within a global or domestic setting.


The Doctor of Medicine (MD) program emphasizes the basics of medicine: communication, physical exam and diagnosis, clinical skills, advanced clinical reasoning and interpretation, professionalism, and ethics using technologically advanced tools and genomic data to foster medical student learning. Overall, the curriculum is community-focused but places great importance on relationships through faculty to student mentorship, extensive experience with health care professionals in the delivery of primary care, and longitudinal patient-centered care, in addition to immersion in community service projects and initiatives. Students will directly apply their learning in the service of others, providing compassionate care in collaboration with many other health professionals, including physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists, physical therapists, social workers, occupational therapists, and other community practitioners in the pursuit of providing the best patient.

The major learning outcomes for students enrolled in the dual MD/MBA program include:

  • Apply principles of integrative medicine, wellness, hospitality, nutrition, and business management inpatient care.
  • Understand the financial aspects of the healthcare system from a micro and macro perspective.
  • Apply aspects of organizational behavior, including communication and interactions among colleagues, institutions, and other stakeholders.
  • Understand the facets of business relevant to the healthcare system. Utilize data analysis and risk assessment involved in both small and large management and business decisions.
  • Develop leadership skills needed for managing organizations and teams. Gain a strong understanding of innovation, competition, and strategy.

Career Possibilities

Hospitals are business entities and pursuing a dual degree allows the future physician to bridge the gap and develop, not only their medical skills but business skills required for physical leadership that is required with today’s healthcare structures.

With your dual MBA/MD degree, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to succeed in a variety of roles, including:

  • Private Practice Ownership.
  • Hospital/Healthcare Administration.
  • Healthcare Company Executive.
  • Non-Profit Management.
  • Healthcare Business Consultation.


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Master of Business Administration & Doctor of Medicine


MBA Programs

A graduate business degree from UNLV empowers students to become transformative and successful leaders who make collaborative, data-driven decisions in an ever-changing global business environment. Our MBA program offers an opportunity to learn from highly accomplished faculty with diverse students in an inclusive environment.


Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV

The Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV is becoming a world-class center for medical education, patient care, and research. We aim to prepare Nevada's doctors with the most innovative and technologically advanced forms of medical training while also forming community partnerships to serve the healthcare needs of our diverse and urban population.


Lee Business School

The Lee Business School advances the knowledge and practice of business; develops business leaders; and fosters intellectual and economic vitality through the creation and dissemination of knowledge and outreach.