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Finding Your Path

  • When it comes to determining the right path for your future, there are countless options to choose from and potential ways to get there. If you already know graduate or medical school is on the horizon, enrolling in a professional pathway program is a seamless and efficient way to earn your degrees and pave the way to a rewarding career.

    What is a professional pathway program?

    A professional pathway program is a dual-degree program that gives you the opportunity to earn your undergraduate degree and your master’s or doctorate degree in one combined program. By enrolling in a pathway program, you will be able to complete your undergraduate degree, and then immediately begin your graduate coursework at MCPHS. Alternatively, you could be offered preferred consideration to transition to one of our affiliated institutions to complete your graduate degree.

    How long does it take to complete both degrees?

    The time it takes to earn both your undergraduate and master’s or doctorate varies by program, but typically you will earn your degrees at least one year sooner than you would through traditional channels.

    What types of programs are available?

    There are many different options across the entire health sciences spectrum. While pathways to medical school are common, choices like Master of Acupuncture or Doctor of Physical Therapy are also available. At MCPHS, we offer several internal pathways, as well as pathways with affiliated institutions. Check out the list below to see if any of the MCPHS Professional Pathway Programs seem like the right fit for your forthcoming career interests:

    How do I apply?

    You can apply to the dual degree pathway programs through the common app, just like you would for any other program! If you have any questions throughout the process, our admission team is here to help guide you and ensure all your questions are answered.

    Do I have to attend medical school at one of the affiliated institutions?

    While our internal and affiliated pathways provide great opportunities and preferred consideration for advanced degree programs, you are not limited to these options. In fact, many of our students have created their own path to top medical schools by completing their undergraduate degree in the Bachelor of Science in Premedical and Health Studies program. This full-time four-year program allows you to complete prerequisites for medical and other professional schools, so you will be equipped with a strong foundation that balances health sciences and liberal arts, and have the tools you need to drive your medical career in the direction you choose.

    If you have any additional questions about the Professional Pathway Programs at MCPHS, please contact the Admission Office at