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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/MBA Program

Student can enroll in the VMD/MBA by completing the following steps:

  • Send in a Statement of Intent to Lisa Dewald (
  • Set up an interview with a member of the VMD-MBA Executive Committee to discuss their individual goals and to get insights into their eligibility for application
  • Identify a faculty mentor (Vet School, Wharton) who is familiar with the student’s interest as well the VMD/MBA program

About the One Health VMD+ Dual Degree

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 public health, social work, environmental students, law, or nursing. Interested students may apply to these dual degree programs by submitting an application online during our intake periods between December – February each year.

VMD/MES, VMD/MPH, VMD/MSW Dual Degree Programs

The One Health VMD+ Dual Degree program (VMD/MES, VMD/MPH, VMD/MSW) welcomes first- and second-year students seeking to pursue interdisciplinary studies across various partner schools at the University of Pennsylvania. Interested students may apply to these dual degree programs by submitting an application online. Applications are accepted between December and February.

Application Requirements

  • Short Essays (essay prompts are included on the online application form)
  • CV/Resume
  • Curricular Plan
  • 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 20 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!