Medical Physiology

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About the Program

While hospitals are most known for administering care, at their core they are businesses—and, to that end, need professionals with expertise in business and healthcare in order to operate efficiently. With a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Medical Physiology from Case Western Reserve University, you’ll gain the expertise you need to make an impact in the sector. 

In our five-semester dual-degree program, you’ll enhance your hiring potential  as you pursue either a clinical or administrative curricular track. By the end of your studies, you’ll know how to speak the language of management while communicating with both medical and non-medical colleagues, skills you can use to help healthcare systems reach their full potential. 

Graduates from our program go on to pursue careers in healthcare consultation, hospital administration, hospital operations, and pharmaceutical project management—or continue their education in medical, osteopathic or dental school.

What to Expect

Our dual-degree program is a collaboration between Weatherhead School of Management and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, the #1 medical school in Ohio and #24 in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report).

You’ll begin your studies by taking classes at the School of Medicine before transitioning to business courses in your second year. The idea of switching from a lab coat to a business suit might feel intimidating—but you’ll fit right in. Our faculty will make this transition seamless, and you’ll be studying alongside students from diverse backgrounds and industries, fully preparing you to succeed in today’s workplace. 

Whether you choose to complete our program in just over two years (five semesters) or on a longer timeframe, your training in medical physiology, translational physiology, corporate finance, business analytics and economics will prepare you for career success. 

Completing our dual-degree program saves you 19 hours of coursework you would be required to complete if you obtained both degrees separately.

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A Place for Success

Our research is at the heart of a vibrant medical community, including top-ranked hospitals (Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center) and more than 150 medical and bioscience companies, providing countless opportunities for hands-on learning.

In addition to being a healthcare hub, Cleveland is known for its wide array of job opportunities in addition to its culture, food, and low cost of living. And Case Western Reserve is situated in the heart of University Circle, one of the city’s most energetic and culturally robust communities. From our campus, you’re just a short walk to some of Cleveland and University Circle’s most outstanding destinations—the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, and Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

By the Numbers


medical school for research, U.S. News & World Report


medical school in Ohio, U.S. News & World Report


among more than 450 U.S. News-ranked graduate business schools


semesters to complete two degrees

Admission Requirements

You must complete separate applications, participate in the required admission tests and be admitted separately to both the MBA and MS programs. You will continue to register throughout the program in the school where you first registered. We encourage you to apply to both programs early to avoid difficulties.
Our program thrives when we have students with diverse perspectives and a range of educational, professional and life experiences. We look forward to learning more about you!

The application process requires:

  • Online application, including a personal statement
  • $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s and/or master’s degree from an accredited institution (either already complete, or will be complete before you enroll)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Current resume/CV
  • List of research experience (optional)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • International applicants: Results of TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE

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