Joint-Degree MBA Programs
Yes I Do!
If you decide that an MBA alone isn't enough punishment, there's always the dual-degree option. But make no mistake, the university will own you.
Which Dual Degrees are the Most Common?
By far, the most popular dual degree is the JD/MBA. It's offered at most top universities, but the number of people enrolled each year is limited. Next in popularity comes the MPH/MBA (Masters in Public Health) and the Masters in Public Planning/MBA. Of course, the offerings vary considerably from school to school, and many schools offer applicants the opportunity to create their own dual degrees.
Is It Easier to Get into Dual-Degree Programs?
No. Applying to a dual-degree program means justifying two separate academic aspirations and being accepted by both departments independently. The departments coordinate efforts on dual-degree candidates, but each has to sign off on any admits. This doesn't mean, however, that a dual degree is wrong for you. I've had many successful dual-degree candidates. Getting in, however, means justifying both programs.
What's the Most Prestigious Dual Degree on Earth?
The MBA/MPP degree at Harvard. I've had the great privilege of sending many friends there. The 'MPP' means Masters in Public Policy, and it's offered as a joint program through the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Research the details if you're interested, and remember that you don't have to pursue the MBA part at Harvard to be in the dual-degree program.
Can You Confirm the Timeframe Issue?
Yeah, most dual-degree programs cut a year off of the time it would take to complete the degrees separately. So while it would take five years to complete a law degree and an MBA independently, the JD/MBA dual degree typically takes only four.
How Do I Know Whether I Should Apply for a Dual-Degree Program?
It's definitely a case-by-case issue. I counsel a lot of people who are interested in the dual degree and it takes quite a bit of work before I can make a solid judgment. Don't rush your decision without first doing your homework.Back to: MBA Executive Summary Homepage >
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