From Medicine to International Diplomacy, Dual Degrees Enhance MBA At Tuck


The Amos Tuck Business School at Dartmouth University is offering MBA students the option to go in for joint or dual degrees to enhance their knowledge and capabilities in sectors ranging from medicine to international diplomacy.

Some of these joint/dual degrees are within the business schools while others are in collaboration with other institutions. Let us take a look at some of these interesting combinations and their benefits for students.

An MBA Prescription for Medical Business

Tuck provides students an opportunity to pursue combined MD/MBA degrees that can be completed in either five or six years in collaboration with the Geisel School of Medicine.

This option is to meet the increasing need for persons with expertise in both medicine and management. It 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 and hospital management.

Candidates have to 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 academic excellence, leadership ability, accomplishments, interpersonal skills, and diversity.

Although almost all Tuck students have work experience before they enrol, this is not a prerequisite for admission to this joint-degree program.

MBA and Public Health

The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI) runs a Master of Public Health (MPH) program with a curriculum  designed to provide students with the fundamental skills, knowledge base, and philosophical foundation in health policy and clinical practice.

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.

PhD/MBA, Science Meets Business

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.

Go International with MBA/MA

In dual degrees with other institutions, Tuck offers a three-year MBA/MA dual degree program in collaboration with the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

The program is attractive for those seeking management positions within international corporations, financial institutions, economic and development institutions and government agencies.

A three-year MBA/MALD dual degree program with the Fletcher School at Tufts University prepares students for careers that combine international relations and business management.

Lay down the Law

The MBA/MELP dual degree with Vermont Law School enables students to earn the two degrees concurrently.  The Master of Environmental Law and Policy program provides in-depth knowledge on several pressing issues like climate change, wildlife protection, and alternative energy.

The MBA/MPA and MBA/MPA/ID (Master in Public Administration in International Development) dual degrees with the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University are designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of established professionals seeking further leadership responsibilities in the public, non-profit, and private sectors. Dual degree candidates must complete the entire Tuck core curriculum as well as three semesters at the Kennedy School.

In The MBA/MPP dual degree program, in addition to completing the full-year core curriculum plus two terms at Tuck, students are also required to complete the full-year core curriculum at the Kennedy School, plus one semester (including the Policy Analysis Exercise).


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