MBS/MBA Program

The MBS/MBA program gives students the opportunity to take advantage of the Tufts/Brandeis collaboration to earn concurrent master’s degrees in Biomedical Sciences and Business Administration. This dual track provides a comprehensive foundation for a wide variety of health careers, including medical practice, healthcare organizational leadership, hospital management, and pharmaceutical work. Students undergo a broad-based program in the biomedical sciences with professional study in health sector management and administration. By the end of the program, students have acquired business skills which make them competitive in either the job market or medical school.

How it works

Currently, students enroll in the standalone MBS program in late August, complete their MBS coursework by the following May and thereafter complete their thesis as a requirement of the degree. Students interested in the dual MBS/MBA degree track enroll in the MBA Program during the summer following the successful completion of their MBS coursework. During the first summer, they take some MBA courses with Tufts MD/MBA students and then continue at Brandeis doing coursework with MBA students during the following fall and spring semesters. Students complete their MBA degree during the following summer. MBS/MBA students undertake the literature-based thesis and complete their thesis in August of their second year in the program.


In order to apply for the program, students must have completed their first semester of MBS coursework. Informational sessions will be held for students each year prior to the application deadline. Students apply through the Tufts University Public Health and Professional Degree Programs MBS/MBA Program


The tuition for the MBA degree is charged at a flat rate per semester. The 2015-2016 tuition rates are:

  • Summer II: $11,712
  • Fall I: $15,616
  • Spring I: $19,520
  • Summer I: $15,616

Concentration Leader

Paul Beninger, MD, Director, MD/MBA and MBS/MBA in Health Management Programs


*Course overlaps with MD/MBA curriculum
1st Year
(MBS Year-in Residence)
Course ID Course Title
Fall 1 MBS 201 Microbiology
MBS 202 Cell, Tissue and Organ Biology
MBS 203 Biochemistry
MBS 204 Immunology
MBS 205 Intro to Clinical Medicine
MBS 212 Genetics
Spring 2
(1 credit elective)
MBS 206 Physiology
MBS 207 Basic Human Pathology
MBS 208 Introduction to Human Anatomy
MBS 209 Nutrition
MPH 205 or 259 Biostatistics
Spring MCAT Tutorial and MCAT strongly encouraged
Summer 1
(while completing MBS thesis)
MBS ___ Thesis
*HS 258 Operations Management
*HS 250a Financial Accounting
*HS 290a Economic Analysis for Managers
2nd Year
Fall 2 (16 credits) *HS 253b Leadership & Organizational Behavior
HS 513a Issues on National Health Policy
HS 518a Health Care Management
HS 257 Negotiation
Spring 2 (20 credits) *HS 251B Managerial Accounting
HS 252b Strategic Management
HS 248 Financial Management
HS 299b Team Consulting Project
HS --- Elective
Summer 2 (16 credits) *HS 215 Corporate Finance
*HS 285a
*HS 344a
Law and Ethics
*HS 347 Healthcare Technology and Information Systems
MBS Thesis due August 1