Academic Programs Catalog

College of Human Medicine

Clinical Medicine - Master of Arts

The Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Medicine provides longitudinal clinical experiences with a robust integration of basic and clinical sciences, including significant patient contact and patient care experience, in addition to education in basic and medical sciences.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the University as described in the Graduate Education section of this catalog, students must meet the requirements specified below.


To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Medicine, students must:

  1. be a currently enrolled College of Human Medicine medical student;
  2. have successfully completed the first two years of medical school including HM 552, HM 553, and HM 554;
  3. elect not to continue to completion of the M.D. degree.
Once a student transfers into the M.A. program, they cannot return to pursuing the M.D. degree at Michigan State University in the College of Human Medicine. Dual degrees will not be conferred to those who successfully complete the four-year curriculum and receive the Doctor of Medicine degree.

Students with critical deficiencies for the SCRIPT competency of professionalism as defined in the Student Manual for Assessment and Promotion are not eligible.

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Medicine

The program is available under Plan B (without thesis). The student must complete a total of 35 credits distributed as follows:
1. Both of the following courses (32 credits):
HM 555 Medical School IV 16
HM 556 Medical School V 16
2. Completion of the following capstone course (3 credits):
HM 895 Clinical Medicine Capstone Experience 3
The capstone experience must be completed within one full semester  of entry into the program. Students qualifying for an incomplete grade would be expected to complete the capstone experience no later than the middle of the student’s next semester, consistent with University policy.