An innovative joint-degree offering, the Joint Bachelor’s/M.D. program allows you to transition seamlessly from a bachelor’s degree in any major at Seton Hall University to the M.D. program at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University.
During your first four years, you can complete a bachelor’s degree at Seton Hall in any subject of your choosing, as long as you take all of the prerequisite courses required for the School of Medicine.
Once you complete your bachelor’s degree, you will continue to the next phase of the program, which starts in July. The School of Medicine has designed an innovative curriculum that may allow students to complete an M.D. in three years. After this point students may begin residency throughout the Hackensack Meridian Health system. Residency spots in the Hackensack Meridian system are guaranteed for all graduates of the School of Medicine (subject to specializations offered by the system). Alternatively, at the end of the three years, many students may choose to pursue other options such as intensive research, a global health immersion, an intensive community health immersion, an intensive clinical experience or the pursuit of a joint degree, in areas ranging from Business to Engineering.
This joint-degree offering with the School of Medicine is exclusive to Seton Hall University. If you meet all of the outlined requirements, you are guaranteed an interview with the School of Medicine during your fourth year of undergraduate study. This is a tremendous advantage as only about 10 percent of the applicants to the School of Medicine will be called in for an interview. Additionally, 25 percent of the seats in the School of Medicine are reserved exclusively for Seton Hall students. This means that as a Seton Hall student, you are in a very strong position to gain entrance to the SOM. However your performance during the interview will be a primary factor in determining your admission to the SOM. For this reason, the joint-degree program cannot guarantee you admission to the SOM.
You are not obligated to enroll in the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University. You can continue to pursue admission to other medical schools and choose from the options that fit you best.
To learn more about this joint degree program, we invite you to view this webinar recording, which outlines all of the program details and provides additional information on Seton Hall, the Interprofessional Health Sciences campus and the School of Medicine.
Students in the joint-degree program will qualify for significant undergraduate scholarships from Seton Hall University to cover up to four years of your bachelor’s degree program. Students do not need to submit a special application for these awards. These scholarships will be automatically awarded to students upon admission to Seton Hall University.
In addition, scholarships will be available for the School of Medicine M.D. portion of the program. These scholarships are competitive. Students will not find out about scholarship offers from the School of Medicine until the latter half of their senior year at Seton Hall, after all required documents and interviews are completed with the School of Medicine. However, we anticipate generous scholarship awards will be available to many students because Hackensack Meridian Health has established a $100-million endowment fund for the School of Medicine for scholarships to ensure top students can afford a medical education.
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