Dual Degree MBAs: How To Combine HBS with a JD, PhD, MPP, and more!

by Marquis Parker Steven Rao, James Hu, David Santos, Frank Tobler, Jeffrey Hu, Michael Medrano, and Brian Nguyen

This chapter is a free excerpt from The Best Book on Top Ten MBA Admissions.

Harvard's 2+2 Program is a great program for students and also for grad schools. The schools will be getting some really smart students. Essentially, Harvard Business School is getting first crack at these students before Stanford or Wharton.

Is it a good idea to pursue a dual degree when you are participating in Harvard's 2+2 Program? Well, I think that the folks who are attracted to this program are obviously an outrageously precocious group of people!

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Harvard's 2+2 Program is a great program for students and also for grad schools. The schools will be getting some really smart students. Essentially, Harvard Business School is getting first crack at these students before Stanford or Wharton.

Is it a good idea to pursue a dual degree when you are participating in Harvard's 2+2 Program? Well, I think that the folks who are attracted to this program are obviously an outrageously precocious group of people!

In the beginning, they are all sure to be convinced they will be joint degree students. However, it's hard to say how this will play out with the 2+2 Program.

There hasn't been a 2+2 class yet, since the first one is scheduled for the Fall of 2011. It's unclear whether it would really be feasible to pursue a dual degree in this program, which requires 2 years of work experience. Some examples of common dual degrees include MBA plus JD (Juris Doctor, law), MBA plus MPP (Masters in Public Policy like at Kennedy School of Government), MBA plus PhD, or MBA plus a Masters in Education.

Be that as it may, many of my friends have applied for one of Harvard's other graduate programs. In the end, I believe it will be like being in pre-med in college.

A lot of people say they want to do pre-med, but later drop out and want to do other things. I think lots of people will say they want to pursue a dual degree, but not too many will be able to follow through.

Nationwide, there are no other programs like 2+2. It is charting a new course and breaking new ground. Time will tell as to whether or not it is a good or feasible idea to pursue a dual degree while participating in Harvard’s 2+2 Program.
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