Integrate research and clinical training into your career by pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in any of several sciences, in addition to a medical degree, through the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

Or get a taste of a research career and experience the excitement of discovery in undergraduate and summer research projects at the School of Medicine and in graduate programs in the biomedical sciences.

MD-PhD Degree Program

Be part of the new generation of physician-scientists who apply research discoveries to patient care. Physician-scientists who complete an MD-PhD program are uniquely qualified to conduct, lead and train others in translational—or bench-to-bedside—research. Learn more about the Tom and Anne Smith MD-PhD Program at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

Combined Degrees

Fulfill your interest in a research or academic career by working toward a combined MD and MS or MD and PhD degree. Following your acceptance into medical school at the University of Missouri, you may be accepted by a dual-degree committee. Your course of study must satisfy the requirements for the doctoral degree.

Choose from doctoral programs through the School of Medicine or from other schools and colleges on campus, including:

Standalone Graduate Degrees

Pursue a standalone MS, MHA, MI or PhD at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Following your application to the University of Missouri Office of Graduate Studies, your application will be reviewed by your program of choice.

Choose from master’s and doctoral programs through the MU School of Medicine or from other schools and colleges on campus, including:

Graduate Certificates and Minors

Take your professional career and/or graduate education to the next level with a graduate certificate. Both degree-seeking and non-degree seeking students are eligible to apply.

Summer Research Opportunities

Summer Research Internship

The Office of Research at the University of Missouri (MU) School of Medicine coordinates a summer research program that supports students in full-time mentored research under the direction of a member of the faculty. The Office of Research provides funding of $3,400 for each summer research intern.

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Summer Research Fellowship

The research fellowship program supports original student research under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Students receive stipends while working full time for eight to 10 weeks on projects proposed by faculty members. Second-year medical students are eligible for the program. The Office of Research provides funding of $2,000 for each summer research fellow.

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Summer International Research Programs

Each summer, the University of Missouri School of Medicine offers internship opportunities for visiting international students interested in health careers. Students will work on their own research project under the guidance of an MU School of Medicine faculty mentor and present their results at a poster forum at the end of the summer.

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Career Development

KL2 Program with Washington University

The KL2 Career Development Awards Program provides high-quality, multidisciplinary training in clinical and translational research to promote the career development of future clinical investigators. This program provides financial support and benefits that allow scholars to focus on mentored, multidisciplinary research, supplemented by applicable coursework.

TL1 Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral Training Program with Washington University

The TL1 Predoctoral Program at Washington University provides career development for medical and allied healthcare doctoral students through didactic coursework, mentored training, work-in-progress research discussions, journal clubs, and conferences.

Informatics Classes

Researchers may select from an array of REDCap, Health Facts and other informatics courses.

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Other Classes

Compliance with NIH Public Access Policy, Progress Reports, and Applications

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Responsible Conduct of Research (MPP 8415)

In accordance with the NIH policy regarding instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research (NOT-OD-10-019), the MU School of Medicine provides the course, Medical Pharmacology and Physiology 8415: Responsible Conduct of Research through Enactment, Empowerment and Engagement, taught by Mark Milanick, PhD, professor of medical pharmacology and physiology. This course is required for scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant.