In response to an increasing demand on dentists to manage both patient care and the business of dentistry, New York University’s College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) and its Stern School of Business have created a dual degree DDS/Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Students can complete both degrees within five years with a flexible format that balances coursework with clinical practice.

“We are extremely pleased to introduce our new DDS/MBA dual degree program, which offers an individualized and extremely relevant learning pathway,” said Dr. Charles N. Bertolami, the Herman Robert Fox Dean of NYU Dentistry. “There is an ever-expanding need for practicing dentists to fully understand the business side of health care, whether they are in solo practice or corporate owned offices. A more efficiently run practice can translate into better and potentially more affordable service to the public.”

Students enrolled in the dual DDS/MBA program begin at NYU Dentistry on a full-time basis for the first two years. During the third calendar year, students take core MBA courses while continuing to hone their clinical skills eight hours a week at NYU Dentistry. During the fourth and fifth calendar years, the NYU Dentistry remains their home as they take their remaining DDS and MBA courses within a flexible format that allows them to move clinical practice time when needed and take business courses when offered.

“In today’s dynamic healthcare environment there are increasing pressures to manage to the double bottom line of delivering quality care with efficiency,” said Dr. Peter Henry, dean, NYU Stern School of Business. “Our intent with this new dual degree program is to equip practicing dentists with a business lens that enables them to excel in this setting.”

NYU dental students in their second year may seek entry into the program. The GMAT/GRE requirement will be waived for the DDS/MBA applicants.  The program will be limited to five students in its first year.

“This new dual degree program is one of only a handful of such programs that exist in U.S. dental schools,” said Dr. Andrew I. Spielman,  NYU Dentistry’s associate dean for Academic Affairs. “It is one of several steps NYU Dentistry has taken to be at the forefront of transforming dental education in order to best meet the needs of tomorrow’s dentists.”

Incoming or freshman NYU dental students who are interested in the program can email for more information.

About NYU College of Dentistry

New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) is the third oldest and the largest dental school in the US, educating 8 percent of all dentists. NYU Dentistry has a significant global reach and provides a level of national and international diversity that is unmatched by any other dental school.

About NYU Stern School of Business

New York University Stern School of Business, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, is one of the nation’s premier management education schools and research centers. NYU Stern, whose faculty includes three Nobel Laureates in Economics, offers a broad portfolio of programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels, all of them enriched by the dynamism, energy and deep resources of one of the world’s business capitals. Visit and follow NYU Stern on Twitter: @NYUStern. 

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