The top 10 best degrees for prospective doctors


Traditional wisdom tells you that, if you have your heart set on being a medical doctor, you should major in pre-med for your undergraduate degree. However, this line of thinking can land you into stiff competition and a lot of redundant courses.

In reality, doctorate programs want the best and brightest students from all backgrounds. Admissions officers are looking for the capacity to learn and excel, so it's no surprise that some doctors majored in dance, foreign languages, archaeology or even general studies for their undergrad. Here are ten great options if you intend to apply for a doctorate program post-graduation.

1. Engineering

Engineers learn how to solve problems, think on their feet and be methodical. All of these skills translate well into medicine. In addition, engineers are also quite employable in both the public sector and by government agencies immediately upon graduation. If you decide you need a gap year or three after your undergrad, you'll have little problem finding work.

2. Biochemistry

While you should only choose this major if you truly love the field due to the grueling course load, biochem is one of the best undergrad majors you can have if you want to be a medical doctor. There will be some redundancy in medical school, which can actually be a boon if you're a methodical learner.


“Your undergraduate major or masters focus should be a field about which you feel passionate”

3. Gerontology

As the population continues to expand and age, the medical field will require more gerontologists to meet demand. Medical schools look favorably upon this field, as do all other doctorate programs. You can't go wrong with an aging master’s degree, such as a Masters of Management of Aging Services or a Masters of Aging Studies. Gerontology is also a great choice if you haven't yet decided which specialty you'd like to match.