No one would disagree that earning an MBA is an accomplishment. Now, a rapidly growing number of aspiring MBAs are saying, ok, we think we can do even more. This is good news, because most business schools now offer concurrent graduate degree programs that allow students to earn not one, but two degrees simultaneously and in a shorter amount of time. By reducing coursework and residency requirements, graduate schools are able to offer this option to anyone graduate student who’s up to the challenge.
The following are some examples of how concurrent degree programs work:
· A student pursues an MBA and a Master of Public Administration (MPA). The student alternates his focus by enrolling full-time in MBA-related courses for one year and enrolling full time in MPA-related courses the next year. After completing the requirements for both courses, the student is awarded both degrees in the same term. -Graduate School at University of Oregon
· While pursuing a doctoral degree in Education Leadership, a student also opts to pursue a master's degree in Special Education. The doctoral degree takes longer to complete and the master's degree is awarded first. -Graduate School at University of Oregon
· A student pursues a master’s degree in Environmental Studies and a Law degree (JD) over the course of four years. The student is awarded both degrees in the same term. -Graduate School at University of Oregon
· A student pursues a master's degree in Mathematics with a full credit load and a master's degree in Economics with a reduced credit load. The student is awarded the Mathematics degree in a given term, continues on, and receives the Economics degree at a later date.
For MBA’s the options are growing fast, with some of the nation’s top schools offering the option to earn two degrees at their institution OR through partnerships with other top schools. Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) is a good example, as it has one of the largest collections of concurrent (MBA) degree programs with other schools. The school has partnerships with Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Princeton Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Yale Law School, Yale Medical School. Stanford also allows students to pair any of its other graduate programs with the MBA.
Other top programs include Harvard Kennedy’s Masters of Public Administration MPA/MBA, which takes three years to earn both degrees instead of four; the MBA/MPCS (MBA and Master’s Program in Computer Science) at University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, and the JD/MBA at MIT Sloan School of Management.
Around 20% of MIT Sloan MBA students take advantage of concurrent degree programs to complement their MBA. Other offerings at the school include the MA in Education/MBA, MPP/MBA, MS in Computer Science/MBA, MS in Electrical Engineering/MBA, MS in Environment and Resources/MBA, and the MD/MBA.
Many other top schools offer concurrent MBA degree programs that allow students to earn a second degree in any area from A-Z. Among the best of the best are:
Columbia Business School
MBA/MS Urban Planning, MBA/DDS, MBA/MS Engineering and Applied Science, MBA/MIA, MBA/MS Journalism, MBA.JD, MBA/MS Nursing, MBA/MD, MPA/MPH, MBA/MS Social Work, MBA/MA Private School Leadership
Darden School of Business at University of Virginia (UVA)
MBA/MSDS (Master of Data Science)
Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business
JD/MBA, MD/MBA, Master of Environmental Management MEM/MBA, Master of Forestry MF/MBA, MPP/MBA
Haas School of Business at University of California Berkeley
Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
Multidisciplinary MBA + MS Design Innovation MBA/MSDI or MMM Program
Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan
MBA/MS Architecture, Construction Engineering, Industrial and Operations, Manufacturing Engineering, Naval Architecture, Law, Medicine, Health Services, Public Policy, Urban Planning, Social Work, Environment and Sustainability, Information, Higher Education, Educational Studies, Asian Studies, Japanese, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Modern Middle Eastern, Russian/East European or customize your own
Stern School of Business at NYU
MBA/MFA, MD/MBA, JD/MBA, MBA/MPA, DDS/MBA, MS Mathematics in Finance/MBA, MS Biology/MBA, MBA/HEC Paris MBA
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College
MPH/MBA, PhD/MBA, three-year MBA/MA with the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, three-year MBA/MALD with the Fletcher School at Tufts University, MBA/MELP with Vermont Law School, MBA/MPA and MBA/MPA/ID (Master in Public Administration/International Development) with John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, MBA/MPP with John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania
MBA/MA International Studies, MBA/MPA, MBA, MPA/ID, MBA/MPP, MBA/JD, MBA/MA International Relations, MBA/MArch, MBA, MLA (Master of Landscape Architecture), MBA/MCP (Master of City Planning), MBA/MSE, MBA/MES (Master of Environmental Studies), MBA/MD, MBA/MSN Nursing, MBA/MSW, MBA/VMD (Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris), MBA/MS Veterinary Medicine
Yale School of Management
MBA/JD, MBA/MEM or MF, MBA/MA Global Affairs, MBA/MD, MBA/MPH, MBA/MArch, MBA/MFA, MBA/MDiv (Master of Divinity) or MAR (Master of Arts in Religion), MBA/PhD
Students who choose the concurrent degree option and wish to earn their degrees through a partnership must apply and be admitted to both schools.
Note: Information about available degrees has been obtained from each school’s official website. At the time of publication, all information was accurate.
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