The UAB School of Dentistry and The Collat School of Business have partnered to offer a dual DMD/MBA degree in dentistry and business which exposes students to a truly interdisciplinary approach to learning. Here, both the fundamental and advanced principles of both dentistry and business converge to provide a greater understanding of the business of dentistry.

Why a MBA?

Some of the greatest challenges in healthcare today are business related. As dentists find themselves in an increasingly complex business environment, many are choosing to pursue a business education in order to navigate the healthcare system with efficiency and effectiveness. Students who choose the DMD/MBA option often plan careers with both clinical and administrative responsibilities, perhaps opening their own practice. DMD/MBA graduates can manage group practices and clinics more effectively. Students successfully completing the program will understand how to use innovation and strategic thinking to solve healthcare problems. Graduates become fluent in the languages of science and business, putting them on the fast track to career advancement.


The UAB Collat School of Business offers a world-class business education in the heart of Alabama’s economic center and is fully accredited by AACSB International, the most prestigious accrediting agency for business education in the world. Students have unfettered access to Birmingham’s business elite, who provide real-world instruction in applying theoretical learning to actual business situations. Additionally, UAB’s MBA faculty include some of the most sought-after thought leaders in their fields, those pushing the boundaries with topical, practical research that goes beyond the “why” to also ask “what if”. The school’s location near downtown Birmingham provides endless opportunities to infuse experiential learning into the traditional classroom experience.

Program Specifics

The dual degree is a unique offering designed for the ease of the busy dentistry student, including a comprehensive all services included approach from start to finish. The dual program is structured around the DMD curricula and includes a concierge approach to integration and completion of the MBA requirements. As a Collat School of Business MBA student, all participants will benefit from an array of services to manage all enrollment requirements which include:

  • Administrative registration for all required MBA courses
  • All books and materials, including procurement and delivery
  • Professional Development Seminars
  • Access to faculty mentors
  • On-site tutoring
  • Opportunities for hands-on learning

Program Structure

The program is an integrative, four year degree which combines business courses with the DMD curricula. Students start their business classes the summer before dentistry school and the remaining courses are offered at key times during the remaining 4 years.

Application Process

Students interested in pursuing the dual DMD/MBA degree must complete an application through the UAB Graduate School. This application is in addition to that completed through AADSAS. The deadline for application for summer admission to the dual degree program is April 22nd.

Required Documents

Completed application including:

  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two references1
  • Test Scores (DAT scores can be accepted in lieu of GMAT)
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended2

1Students may use the same references as used for AADSAS application.
2Copies of transcripts submitted through AADSAS are sufficient for application review.


Steve Filler 
Steve Filler, DDS, MS, MA
Director of Admission
UAB School of Dentistry
(205) 934-3387