Joint or Dual-Degree Programs
A joint or dual degree program combines a full-time MBA program with another full-time graduate program of study.
Joint degree programs are most attractive for those early in their careers and career switchers, such as a nurse who seeks a formal education in business and health care management to reenter the medical field in a different role.
Features of a dual-degree program:
- Degree generally take three or four years to complete
- Each field of study requires a separate application
- Both programs are usually at the same school, though some cooperative relationships between schools do exist
The majority of these programs combine an MBA with:
- Healthcare administration
- International studies
- Public policy
- Earning two degrees is faster than pursuing degrees separately, as some courses fulfill requirements in both programs.
- Some universities offer undergraduate/MBA programs that allow students to begin graduate studies while still an undergraduate. In these programs, graduate courses can fulfill remaining undergraduate requirements.
- Joint degrees require an extensive absence from the job market.
- Continuing along a career path and maintaining current job skills and professional knowledge is difficult when pursuing a joint degree.