Frequently Asked Questions about the DO/MBA Dual Degree Program

How many credit hours are required for an MBA in health care leadership, and how is it integrated into my medical school studies?

The MBA in Health Care Leadership is a 36 credit hour degree. DO/MBA dual-degree students complete both degrees in four years, and walk across the graduation stage receiving their Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine along with a Helzberg MBA.

How is the MBA integrated into my medical school studies?

An introductory MBA class is offered In January of MSI meeting one evening a week for 8 weeks. The majority of subsequent MBA course work is completed during the two summer sessions between MS-I and  MS-III. Evening MBA classes meet weekly during MS-III and can be completed on-ground or asynchronously from any clinical rotation site in the country. The program concludes with an on-line capstone class during the spring of MSIV. 

Do I lose all my weekends and vacation time if I decide to dual?

No. Summer session MBA classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday allowing a 3-day weekend every week. In previous years we have been able to include a week long break from MBA classes during the summer term.  Spring and Fall MBA classes are held one evening a week in an 8-week term.

Are applicants required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)?

No. KCUMB students applying to the MBA in health care leadership are not required to take the GMAT. You are required, however, to have a MCAT score and an official set of all college and graduate school transcripts sent to the Rockhurst University Health Care Leadership Office at the address listed on the MBA application.

What if I've never taken a business course before?

Most dual-degree students have never taken business courses before enrolling in the MBA. The MBA curriculum is designed with this in mind.

How many KCUMB students have enrolled in the DO/MBA?

Since its inception in 2001, more than 300 KCUMB students have enrolled in this dual-degree program.

May I contact some current KCUMB dual-degree students?

Contact the health care leadership program assistant at 816-501-3448 or The program assistant can put you in touch with current dual-degree students.

Where are MBA in Health Care Leadership classes held?

MBA classes are held on the main Rockhurst University campus in Conway Hall, home of the Helzberg School of Management. Rockhurst is located 6.5 miles south of the KCUMB campus –about a 15-minute drive.

Will I have time to study and prepare for boards?

Yes!  We do not schedule any MBA coursework during your MS-II to allow for board preparation.  Ample time is provide to complete the board exam prior to beginning MBA classes during the summer between MS-II and MSII. 

What about the faculty? Do they have a background in health care?

Rockhurst Health Care Leadership faculty blends professional expertise with academic experience. We strongly encourage you to find out more about our superb faculty.

How do I apply to the MBA in Health Care Leadership?

To apply for admission to the DO/MBA dual-degree program, you should submit the following documentation:

Apply for Admission Online

Online Authorization Form - This online form is required for KCUMB and Rockhurst to share your educational records and information.

Official transcripts from all schools attended.

Copy of your MCAT results.  A scanned copy of the student report you access from the site is sufficient for our records.

If you have questions about the admission process, contact Rockhurst's health care leadership office at 816-501-3448 or

What is the deadline for applications?

We will close the window for initial applications for the KCUMB Class of 2021 on December 15, 2017.  Preferential admission will be given to those who apply prior to November 10, 2017.