Minnesota Medical Schools with Degree Program Overviews

Minnesota only has four universities that offer medical school programs. Get some information about the degree programs, and see some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

Essential Information

Minnesota's medical schools offer Doctor of Medicine programs, which provide the education and clinical experience necessary to become a licensed physician in the state. In addition, some medical schools in the state offer dual-degree programs which allow students to combine their medical degrees with studies in a related area, such as public health or law. Students in medical programs can expect to spend part of their time doing core medical and specialty coursework and research; the rest of the time will be spent participating in clinical rotations at either the school's own medical facilities or another medical facility nearby. Schools often help graduates secure residencies in their preferred specialty.

Mayo Graduate School

The Mayo Graduate School, located in Rochester, offers a Doctor of Medicine program that features pass-fail grading and a renewed focus on leadership, technology, global health and the patient experience. The medical school also offers dual-degree options that allow students to combine traditional medical degrees with other subject areas like law or public health.

Medical students follow a curriculum that focuses on each subject for blocks of 3-6 weeks at a time, with 1-2 week long selective courses in between the blocks. All students also complete a required Research Quarter, which places them in different research locations to study a specific biomedical area for 13 weeks. Upon completion of the program, students seek residencies at a number of hospitals or clinics, though many of them secure residencies at the school's own facilities.

  • Program Offered: Doctor of Medicine
  • Graduate Tuition (2014-2015): $47,470*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Located in Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is home to the Department of Medicine, which focuses on consultation care (used for health issues like lung disease), bone marrow and other organ transplants, heart-related illnesses and other advanced, specialized care. The school's Doctor of Medicine program begins with two years of basic science coursework and independent learning, and students begin observing patients during the first semester.

The third and fourth years of the medical degree program are almost entirely dedicated to clinical rotations, with students spending about 5-6 weeks in specialties like primary care, pediatrics and neurology. These rotation periods are alternated with advanced science classes and 46 total weeks of electives and independent learning time, which can be used toward one of the University of Minnesota's dual-degree programs. Students are also placed at local medical facilities and work on research projects.

  • Program Offered: Doctor of Medicine
  • Graduate Tuition (2014-2015): $25,248 (in-state), $33,178 (out-of-state) (First-year, spring and fall semesters)**
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large city

School Comparison: At a Glance

School School Type & Setting Program Offered Graduate Tuition (2014-2015)
Mayo Graduate School 4-year, private nonprofit; midsize city Doctor of Medicine $47,470*
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 4-year, public; large city Doctor of Medicine $25,248 (in-state), $33,178 (out-of-state) (First-year, spring and fall semesters)**

Sources: *Mayo Graduate School, **University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

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