Online Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) Degree

About the Blue Marble University Online M.D. Program:

Our Doctor of Medicine is a rigorous program adapted from various international medical schools, and follows the new 3 year time line developed by several USA medical schools. As a distance learning Doctor of Medicine degree program, we necessarily omit all clinical rotations and hands-on patient contact, but we retain studies of clinical medical texts. The goal of the program is to not only teach the practice of medicine, but also to teach what are some of the related components of the health care industry: Stem Cell Therapy, Clinical Trials, Medical Devices, and Hospital Management,  just to name a few.

Internationally, the MD degree is a professional doctorate degree, and in much of Europe, the M.D. is considered to be a research degree similar to a Ph.D., being awarded upon submission of a thesis. In the USA, the MD degree is awarded after usually 4 years of medical education. Following the receipt of the MD degree, those students that wish to practice medicine must complete one year of internship,  pass the US Medical Licensing Exam, and complete additional training in most cases.  Some USA students opt to forego the additional internship and licensing procedures, and use their MD degree in other careers.

Notice: The MD degree issued by Blue Marble University can never be used for physician licensing purposes, to satisfy any education requirements for licensing as a physician or other health care provider, or for any career or profession involving direct patient care. In the USA and most countries, it is illegal to hold oneself out as a licensed physician unless one is in fact licensed.

But, having said that, there are numerous and lucrative non-clinical careers for persons with an MD degree. Similar to many California Law Schools which offer an Executive JD degree which cannot be used to become a licensed attorney, we offer what is essentially an executive MD degree for use in medical consulting, medical writing, ObamaCare administration, medical research, health care management and development, as well as many other careers as summarized below.

ObamaCare and the medical insurance industry are going to create new jobs for MD’s in federal and state health care administration, and plentiful ones at that. With an MD degree you can ride the wave of this wholly changed and developing industry.

Many people don’t know that there are many MD’s who completed their coursework, obtained their degrees, but did not complete their clinical training, yet work in a myriad of non-clinical careers.

Take, for example, a career in medical consulting. McKinsey & Co. Is an example of a company which hires MD’s for various consulting positions. They put together a brochure entitled:

“Why your most rewarding health care career choice may not be what you expected” which you can find at:

And also have a section entitled: “Medical Degrees frequently asked questions” at:

which discusses non-clinical career options for people with MD degrees.


As stated on their website:

“Nearly 200 McKinsey consultants around the world have medical degrees. Some joined the firm right out of medical school, others after years of leading clinical departments at major medical centers. Still others worked for start-up companies before joining McKinsey or earned other professional degrees. Over time, McKinsey has found that MDs make exceptional consultants. First of all, the same attributes and skills that have allowed you to succeed in medicine are essential in consulting. Like physicians, consultants must be exceptionally good with people, intellectually curious, creative, and analytically talented. They need strong skills in problem solving, logical reasoning, and leadership. While a head for business is important as well, you don’t need a business degree to join McKinsey.

MDs bring to their teams not only relevant skills but a unique clinical perspective that allows them to approach healthcare problems in a way that provides tremendous value to our clients. On healthcare projects, MDs understand the context deeply from day one and can speak the “language of medicine” with clients and external experts.”

And see the following List of Careers for MD’s that are not licensed physicians, from Joseph Kim, MD, MPH, who operates the websites  and  where you can find valuable information on non-clinical careers for MD’s.

So don’t think of an MD degree from Blue Marble as leading to being an “unlicensed physician”, but rather as someone who is an Executive MD,  Medical Scientist, or Medical Administrator.  We teach you the “language of medicine”, and in order to understand and effectively use the language, you have to be trained in the medical arts. That is what our online M.D. Degree is all about.

Click here for Curriculum: MDCurriculum