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DVM/MBA Program

Application Process

Interested applicants must apply to both the DVM Program and the MBA Program. This includes submitting GRE scores for the DVM Program and GMAT or GRE scores for the MBA Program.

Current Degree Programs

The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program

The DVM is a four-year professional degree program. In each of the first five semesters the students take a 13 week core curriculum followed by two weeks of electives. The electives give the students the opportunity to tailor their education toward their intended post-graduate career goals. The senior year begins just a few days after the end of the junior year, and consists of 24 clinical rotations, approximately two weeks in length. (longer rotations occur over holiday periods). Current DVM Curriculum


The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Program

The NC State MBA program is accredited by the The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. The degree is typically completed over a two-year period for full time students and three years for part time students. In addition to completing core courses in the basics of management, students select electives and specialized concentrations: technology commercialization, information technology management, production innovation management, supply chain management, marketing, financial management and biotech/pharmaceutical management. A unique aspect of NC State’s MBA program is its technology focus.

The curriculum for the MBA varies depending on the concentration area selected. Below is the course sequence for the biotech/Pharma concentration. Students in the combined program may not take this exact combination of courses, but it provides an idea of the type of courses to be taken. Fifty-one credits are required for the degree.

Fall Year One

Spring Year One

Fall Year Two

Spring Year Two

Combined Degree Overview

Applicants interested in the combined degree program must be accepted by both colleges. The DVM application is handled through a national application procedure – the Veterinary Medical Common Application system or VMCAS. The CVM also requires a supplemental application that contains questions to determine the applicant’s interest in the MBA program. Students need to be accepted into both the DVM and MBA programs in order to participate in the combined program.  Once a student completes their DVM application and expresses an interest in the combined program the student will receive information from the Poole College of Management on the admissions process for the MBA program

Students accepted to both programs will spend year one attending the Poole College of Management’s MBA program full time. This will allow completion of most of the required courses for the program with completion of 27 credits toward the MBA degree. During their first summer they will take one more MBA course, putting them at 30 hours. At the end of the summer they will take part in the CVM orientation exercises. Years two through four will consist of the courses required in the DVM program during daytime class hours in the fall and spring. The VMC 962 Ethics, Jurisprudence and Practice Management course in the DVM program will count as a 4 credit elective in the MBA program. The MBA program also will accept 6 hours of DVM courses as MBA electives, following the practice of the joint MBA/MMB degree. The additional 11 hours of MBA courses will be completed by distance education, during the evenings, and during the summer sessions. We also anticipate the development of some management-oriented electives that will be taught during the last two weeks of the first five semesters in the DVM program. The MBA degree would be granted by no later than the end of the fourth year.

Year five will be primarily DVM clinical rotation requirements. During this year students will complete a 6-week, 6 credit business internship at either an Agribusiness or Pharmaceutical firm.

Curriculum Outline



MBA credits

DVM credits

Year One
Fall MBA required courses 13.5 hours -
Spring MBA required courses 13.5 hours -
Summer MBA elective 3 hours -
Year Two
Fall DVM required courses - 20 hours
Spring DVM required courses; one course counts toward both degrees 3 hours 21 hours
Summer MBA electives 6 hours -
Year Three
Fall DVM required courses; one MBA short course 1 hour 21 hours
Spring DVM required courses; one course counts toward both degrees 3 hours 19 hours
Summer MBA elective 3 hours -
Year Four
Fall DVM required courses; one MBA short course 1 hour 22 hours
Spring DVM required courses; VMC 962 counts toward both degrees 4 hours 20 hours
Year Five DVM rotations - 43 hours