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MBA - Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS)


The School of Dentistry and the College of Business and Economics have established a dual degree program with respect to the Master of Business Administration (MBA), offered by the College of Business and Economics, and the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) offered by the School of Dentistry. 

Daniel Dafo, a current DDS/MBA student, was featured in the Winter 2013 edition of West Virginia Executive magazine.  Dafo notes, "You understand the clinical portion of your education, but we didn't have access to skills that prepared us to open our own practices.  The percentage is very high of dentists who open their own practices, so this is extremely beneficial.  In the future, I see myself with a thriving practice."

The MBA degree normally consists of 50 credit hours and the DDS degree normally consists of 206 credit hours. By coordinating the plan of study in both degree programs via the dual DDS/MBA degree, students will be able to obtain both an MBA and a DDS degree, two nationally accredited graduate degrees, in 244 (38 credit hours from MBA + 206 from DDS) credit hours.

In the dual degree program, the DDS/MBA plan of study will consist of 38 credit hours of graduate coursework in business with the remaining 12 credit hours of the MBA degree consisting of coursework transferred in from appropriate dental classes as outlined in the plan of study. The DDS degree will consist of the normal 206 credit hours of coursework in biomedical, behavioral and dental sciences.

Students must be accepted into the DDS program first and then apply for the MBA program. Typically, students will apply for the MBA program during the third or fourth year and complete the majority of MBA coursework in their fifth year.

Students seeking to enter the dual degree program must apply separately and be admitted independently to the College of Business and Economics' Master of Business Administration program and the School of Dentistry DDS program. Students must satisfy requirements of each program of study as established by the respective academic programs.

Students will earn the MBA degree in August after completion of MBA requirements and after the appropriate qualified courses from the dental school transcript are accepted and placed onto the student's MBA transcript.

During participation in the MBA program, students must follow the guidelines set forth for graduate students as outlined in the WVU Graduate Catalog.

The tuition for the MBA program will be based on the College of Business & Economics graduate tuition set forth by the University and will be paid to the College of Business and Economics during the MBA year.

Plan of Study

Students should earn the DDS degree prior to enrollment in the MBA program, but may begin the master's program if expected to graduate from dental school in August. Students can complete the program in 14 months. Dental students will be enrolled in clinical practice in each semester of the MBA.

Clinical Practice will be expected of all students enrolled in the MBA program during the year following graduation with the DDS degree. Involvement in clinical practice will ensure that the recent graduate maintains clinical competency.

The prerequisites for the MBA are course work or short online courses in statistics, accounting and economics. View the requirements to apply for the MBA program.

MBA Courses (38 credit hours)

  • BADM 511 Managerial Economics
  • BADM 512 Business Law – waived
  • BADM 522 Business Research and Statistics – waived
  • BADM 523 Decision Analysis – waived
  • BADM 524 Financial Accounting
  • BADM 525 Marketing Management
  • BADM 527 Macroeconomics
  • BADM 528 Managerial Accounting
  • BADM 531 Operations/Supply Chain Management
  • BADM 532 Corporate Finance
  • BADM 535 Organizational Behavior
  • BADM 536 Leadership and Organizational Change
  • BADM 534 Management Information Systems
  • BADM 551 Global Planning and Strategy
  • BADM 562 International Business
  • BADM XXX Elective - waived
  • BADM 591A Professional Devel Practicum I
  • BADM 591A Professional Devel Practicum II

DDS Courses (12 credit hours)

  • DENT 781 Clinical Patient Management I (4 credit hours)
  • DENT 782 Clinical Patient Management II (2 credit hours)
  • DENT 725 Practice Management I (1 credit hour)
  • DENT 771 Practice Management Il (2 credit hours)
  • DENT 767 Rural Health Clinical Rotation (1 credit hour)
  • DENT 691 Adv Topics: Clinical Practice (2 credit hours; 1 credit each semester of year 5 of MBA Program)