Frequently Asked Questions about the DO/MBA Dual Degree Program

Can students from KCU Joplin campus also participate in the DO/MBA 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.

Is the MBA integrated into my medical school studies?

The MBA program schedule is carefully integrated to avoid conflicts with the student's medical school obligations.

Do I lose my Summer vacation time if I decide to dual?

Students only need to be in town to attend Summer session MBA classes for periodic residencies (no more than 4 consecutive days) with supplemental Summer coursework is delivered in an online format. 

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

No. KCUMB students applying to the DO/MBA program are not required to take the GMAT. However, you are required to submit your MCAT score report.  

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 DO/MBA program assistant at 816-501-3448 or The program assistant can put you in touch with current dual-degree students.

Where are DO/MBA residencies held?

DO/MBA residencies are held in Conway Hall home to the Helzberg School of Management on the Rockhurst University campus in Kansas City.  

Will I have time to study and prepare for boards?

Ample time is provided to complete the board exams prior to beginning MBA classes during the second and third Summer sessions.

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 DO/MBA program?

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

Apply for Admission Online — You will choose the Graduate Business Application Type and the Health Care Leadership program.

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

Submit official transcripts from degree awarding institution(s). Electronic transcripts may be sent to Official transcripts may be mailed to:

   Rockhurst University
   Graduate Business Programs
   Conway Hall, Room 201F
   1100 Rockhurst Road
   Kansas City, MO 64110-2561

Submit MCAT Score Report. Create a pdf of your score report online at AAMC then send electronically to

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 2022 on December 1, 2018.