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.
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.
After the completion of your bachelor’s degree and admission to the School of Medicine, students will start their coursework at the School of Medicine (SOM) in July. The SOM has designed an innovative curriculum which explores integrative health, continuity of care and social determinants of health. The SOM curriculum is designed in three phases. Phase I, which is approximately 16 months focuses on science, skills and reasoning skills. Phase II is the immersion phase which is 20 months and focuses on clerkships and advanced clinical rotations. At the end of their third year, students begin phase III in which they choose their own path. This may include residency, a global health immersion, intensive research, community health immersion or a joint degree program.
This joint-degree offering with the School of Medicine is exclusive to Seton Hall University. If you meet all of the outlined continuation requirements, you are guaranteed an interview with the School of Medicine during your fourth year of undergraduate study. 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. Having the guarantee of an interview, however, is a significant advantage as only a small percentage of applicants to the SOM will be granted an interview, which is a required part of the application process for all students.
You are not obligated to enroll in the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. You can continue to pursue admission to other medical schools and choose from the options that fit you best.
Please note: If you would like to apply to our Joint Bachelor’s/M.D. program, please select “Medicine (Joint Bachelor's/MD Program)” as your major on the application.
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 are currently available for students in the School of Medicine. 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, generous scholarship awards are currently 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.