MD/MBA: Building Expertise in Medicine and Management
Jess Morgan T'10 on the joint degree offered through Tuck and the Dartmouth Medical School.
Tuck's joint and dual degrees provide additional options for students who wish to customize their education. Tuck allows students the flexibility to work toward two degrees concurrently in order to tailor their education to their specific interests and career aspirations. In addition to those listed here, you may also design your own specialized degree programs in association with other schools.
Joint Degrees Within Dartmouth College
The Geisel School of Medicine and the Tuck School of Business offer students an opportunity to pursue combined MD/MBA degrees that can be completed in either five or six years. In a time of tremendous change in health care, there is a growing need for leaders with expertise in both medicine and management. This joint-degree program is designed to open pathways for leadership roles in diverse areas and industries such as pharmaceuticals, biotech, health care related entrepreneurial ventures, governmental health programs, health related nonprofits, hospital management, HMO management, large practice management, health care policy formation, and medical school administration, to name a few. Candidates for the joint degree must complete the separate admission and financial aid application processes at both the Geisel School and Tuck. There is no formula for admission to the combined program. Decisions are based on a combination of following factors: academic excellence, leadership ability, accomplishments, interpersonal skills, and diversity. Although almost all Tuck students have work experience before they enroll, this is not a prerequisite for admission to the joint-degree program.
The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI) is dedicated to improving health care through education, research, policy reform, leadership improvement, and communication with patients and the public. TDI's Master of Public Health (MPH) curriculum is designed to provide every student with the fundamental skills, knowledge base, and philosophical foundation in health policy and clinical practice, with specific attention paid to public health, clinical/health services research, or health care leadership.The MPH/MBA joint degree offered with the Tuck School prepares graduates to take on leadership positions in both the public and private sectors of the health care industry.
The PhD/MBA joint degree program offers the unique opportunity for PhD students at Dartmouth College to finish off their training with management education. The joint degree aims to produce individuals who are not only thoroughly trained in a scientific discipline but also possess fundamental business and entrepreneurial skills. The program is currently only available to PhD students at Dartmouth. Students must apply to and be admitted to the MBA program. The PhD experience will be counted as post-bachelors degree work experience. Matriculating students must enter with the regular Tuck class in the fall and complete the required first-year Tuck core curriculum. Students are expected to participate in an internship during the summer between their first and second Tuck years, to reinforce the MBA experience. Courses taken during the PhD program will be counted as the equivalent of one term's worth of electives. While application and admission to the MBA program can occur at any point while enrolled in the PhD program, it's recommended that students apply in the third or fourth year of their program. Students are encouraged to meet with advisors for the PhD/MBA Program, including deans Robert Hansen at Tuck, Brian Pogue of Thayer, or Kerry Landers of the Dartmouth Graduate Studies Office. It is important that PhD students show strong academic ability as well as demonstrated potential for leadership, and they should be able to articulate well why the MBA degree will help them achieve their goals.
Dual Degrees with Other Institutions
The three-year MBA/MA dual degree program between the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and the Tuck School of Business has been designed to prepare students for careers that combine international relations and business management. The program is particularly appropriate for students who are seeking management positions within international corporations, financial institutions, economic and development institutions and government agencies. The need is clear for individuals in these positions to have a sophisticated understanding of both international affairs and management issues.
The three-year MBA/MALD dual degree program between the Fletcher School at Tufts University and the Tuck School of Business is also designed to prepare students for careers that combine international relations and business management. The program is particularly appropriate for students who are seeking management positions within international corporations, financial institutions, economic and development institutions and government agencies. The need is clear for individuals in these positions to have a sophisticated understanding of both international affairs and management issues. Note: Tuck also has an exchange program with the Fletcher School (see Exchange Programs).
The MBA/MELP dual degree with nearby Vermont Law School enables students to earn the two degrees concurrently. Climate change, wildlife protection, and alternative energy are just a few of the critical issues facing the world today. Vermont Law School and its Master of Environmental Law and Policy program are leading the movement to address these issues. The Master of Environmental Law and Policy program gives students a comprehensive knowledge of the policies and laws shaping the solutions to these problems and prepare graduates for leadership positions in the public and private sectors. Experiential learning opportunities with state and federal agencies, advocacy groups, and international organizations ensure that MELP graduates are prepared for real-world situations the first day on the job.
The MBA/MPA dual degree between the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Tuck School of Business is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of established professionals seeking further leadership responsibilities in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Dual degree candidates must complete the entire Tuck core curriculum as well as three semesters at the Kennedy School.