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.

Think of a nurse seeking a formal education in healthcare management in order to reenter the medical field in a different role, or maybe an undergraduate Political Science major who is interested in both law and business.

Features of a dual-degree program:

  • Degree generally take three or four years to complete
  • Dual degrees within the business school do not require a separation education; a dual MBA/JD will.  
  • Both programs are usually at the same school, though some cooperative relationships between schools do exist

 The most popular joint degree programs combine an MBA with:

  • Law
  • Healthcare administration
  • Public Policy/Public Administration
  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • International studies


  • Pursuing a dual degree is generally 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.