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Admission to Dual Degree Programs at Penn Vet

VMD/PhD Program

To apply to the VMD-PhD Program, two applications are needed – the VMD/PhD Program application, and the VMD application. 

  • The VMD/PhD application is due November 1 of each year for admission the following fall.
  • The Vet School application is due September 15 for admission the following fall.

The strongest applicants to the VMD/PhD program will possess outstanding academic qualifications as reflected by their undergraduate transcripts and GRE scores. The program seeks applicants with a significant level of research experience, outstanding letters of reference, and evidence of a commitment to a career in scholarly investigation. In addition, applicants should be well-rounded, with a history of involvement in interests and activities outside of the classroom and laboratory.

VMD+ Dual Degree Programs

About the One Health VMD+ Dual Degree Program

The One Health VMD+ Dual Degree program is designed to position students to solve problems at the interface of animal, human, and environmental health. 

The program welcomes first and second-year students seeking to pursue interdisciplinary studies in one of the following specialties:

  • Environmental studies (VMD/MES)
  • Public Health (VMD/MPH)
  • Business (VMD/MBA)
  • Law (VMD/ML or VMD/CL)
  • Translational Research (VMD/MSTR)
  • Social Work (VMD/MSW)

Interested students may apply to these dual degree programs by submitting an application online during our intake periods between October - December each year. A second application - directly to the School - may be required for some programs.

Thank you for your interest in our VMD+ Dual Degree program. Our application is now closed and will reopen during our next admissions cycle, October - December. 

Application Requirements

  • Short Essays (essay prompts are included on the online application form)
  • CV/Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript

Criteria for selection

The admissions committee will use the following criteria to evaluate applicants:

  • Reasons for pursuing the dual degree and relevance to your career goals
  • Ability to navigate challenging course work successfully. Although there will be no formal GPA cut-offs for eligibility, we will look for evidence from both transcripts and statements for your ability to successfully manage time and academic pressures. Note: students must be in good academic standing by Penn Vet CASS standards to be considered for a dual degree program).
  • Ability to work across disciplines and professions – we will be looking for your ability to clearly communicate interests to a broad audience and articulate specific questions that address issues that cross disciplines.

Although the admissions committee will not perform formal interviews, members may contact you directly for more information if needed.

Financial Aid

All accepted students will receive at least 40 percent funding for the Master's program, as well as financial aid if eligible. 


Please email if you have additional questions and thank you for your interest!