Tuck has several opportunities for students to customize their MBA experience around individual areas of interest or areas that are of particular relevance to the next step in their career. Elective courses, independent study, Research-to-Practice Seminars, student-led clubs and conferences, and Research Centers & Initiatives are great ways to do this. Sometimes though, students are looking for more. That’s why Tuck allows students the flexibility to work toward two degrees concurrently.
In addition to those listed below, you may also design your own specialized degree programs in association with other schools. Check out Tuck 360 posts from current or former students who have pursued some of the most popular degrees. Their experiences offer insight into why they chose a joint/dual degree and how Tuck’s curriculum enhanced their overall education.
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.
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.
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.
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 prepares 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.
MBA/MPA and MBA/MPA/ID
The MBA/MPA and MBA/MPA/ID (Master in Public Administration in International Development) dual degrees between the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Tuck School of Business are designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of established professionals seeking further leadership responsibilities in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors, and to prepare the next generation of leaders in international development.
The MBA/MPP dual degree between the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Tuck School of Business prepares students to understand complex policy problems and to craft concrete solutions. Candidates in this dual degree program can apply their core training, policy interests, and functional skills to roles and organizations across the public and nonprofit sectors.
Candidates must complete separate applications and be admitted at each school individually before they are considered a joint/dual degree student: There is not an application for admission to a combined program. Like all Tuck candidates, admissions decisions are based on a combination of the following factors: academic excellence, leadership ability, accomplishments, interpersonal skills, diversity of background and experience, and global mindset. Though Tuck’s application will ask you to indicate which program you’re pursuing, we do not require you to provide special information or an additional essay. However, your entire candidacy should reflect goals and aspirations that make sense based on the specific degree program you wish to be part of.
Joint and dual degrees are typically completed in three years (with the exception of the MD/MBA). The structure of the program may be specific to the degree and the individual. For more details about joint and dual degrees, please visit our website.