Top 5 MBA Joint Degree Programs

MBA and Joint Degree ProgramsJoint degrees are a convenient way for professionals to obtain  expertise in two disciplines in a short period of time. MBA Joint degrees work best for those seeking to work in a managerial or leadership role in a niche field of their choice.

The biggest advantage of a joint degree program is that students can effectively complete two programs in less time than it would take to do both separately. The class sizes are also smaller, and the program normally covers unique subjects, with projects that involve both disciplines.

The selection process usually involves clearing the admission process of both schools, and showcasing a track record or qualification that indicates a strong affinity to the field chosen. Here are the top five Joint degree programs with an MBA.

1) Stanford


Stanford's JD/MBA is among the oldest joint-degree programs in the US. Beyond the learning from both management and law, students also get to experience two very different cultures - the problem-analyzing culture of law, and the problem-solving culture of business. It is ideal for a career in law or public service.

Duration: 48 Months

MA Education/MBA

The 40-year old Joint MA/MBA program gives students the opportunity to concurrently pursue an MA from the Graduate School of Education (GSE) and a MBA from the Graduate School of Business (GSB). It is ideal for a career in educational management. It usually takes 2 years (6 quarters) to complete the program, but it can be extended by one quarter if necessary.

Duration: 24 Months


The Joint MBA/MPP Degree Program is a simultaneous pursuit of an MBA and a Master in Public Policy from the School of Humanities and Sciences’ that is also known as the Public Policy Program. Students completing this degree can become the proponents or the experts of public policy analysis, particularly for public and not-for-profit management.This program takes approximately 3 years to complete (Nine quarters).

Duration: 36 Months

MS Environment & Resources/MBA

The Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER) from the School of Earth Sciences, in conjunction with the Graduate School of Business, offers a joint degree program that integrates science with law, business, and medicine to tackle critical environmental and sustainability issues. The program is well suited for careers in the environmental sphere. The joint MS/MBA program takes 8 - 9 quarters (2 years, eight months or 3 years) to complete.

Duration: 24 Months to 36 Months

2) MIT Sloan

MIT Sloan and MIT School of Engineering together offer joint degree programs that award an MBA or a Master of Science in Management from Sloan, and a Master of Science in Engineering from the School of Engineering.

System Design and Management

In this joint program, students learn to combine in-depth technical knowledge with strong management and leadership fundamentals. The program is ideal for mid-career professionals who would like to tackle complicated, large-scale issues in product design, development and innovation. Career options include R&D and Project Management in industries ranging from defense to consulting.

Duration: 13 months Full-time or 24 months Part-time

Leaders for Global Operations (LGO)

Integrating Engineering and Leadership, the program empowers students to build, lead, and transform the industry as we know it. This is ideal for young professionals seeking leadership roles in manufacturing or operations in companies ranging from IT to aerospace.

Duration: 24 Months

3) Wharton

Lauder Program

This 25-year old MBA/MA program combines foreign language skills with international business. It incorporates the Wharton MBA with an MA in international studies from Penn's School of Arts & Sciences. The program is ideal for those who are seeking leadership roles in the political, educational, and business sectors.

Duration: 24 Months


Penn Law and Wharton together offer USA's first fully integrated three-year MBA/JD. The program gives students the option of careers in fields like corporate law, public governance, investment banking, private equity and entrepreneurship.

Duration: 36 Months

MBA in Health Care Management

Wharton’s Health Care Management Department offers a joint MBA in Health Care Management that focuses on health economics and health management. The program is ideal for students striving to become top leaders and managers in the health care sector.

Duration: 24 Months.

MBA/MB in Biotechnology

The joint MBA/MB in Biotechnology is offered by Wharton in conjunction with Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The program covers courses from business, entrepreneurship, medicine, sciences and engineering. Graduates can look forward to careers in the rapidly growing Biotech sector.

Duration: 24 Months

4) Harvard


HBS in collaboration with the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) offers two joint degree programs in business and government - Master in Business Administration/Master in Public Policy (MBA/MPP) and Master in Business Administration/Master in Public Administration-International Development (MBA/MPA-ID). The programs aim to develop leaders who are equipped with strong skills in management and public policy and would work towards the betterment of the society. Graduates have influential careers in business, government, and nonprofit organizations.

Duration: 36 Months

JD/MBA Program

The JD/MBA is the oldest MBA joint degree program at Harvard offered by Harvard Law School (HLS) and Harvard Business School (HBS). With this program, students can choose a career in politics, education, international development, domestic and international business, and in-house corporate practice.

Duration: 48 Months

MD/MBA Program

Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Harvard Business School (HBS) together offer the joint MD/MBA program to build a pool of exceptional physician leaders with medical and managerial skills who will promote a healthier society. Career responsibilities include research, hospital management, shaping health policies, developing cheaper medical devices and producing entrepreneurial ventures.

Duration: 60 Months

MBA/DMD Program

The MBA/DMD Program is offered by Harvard Business School (HBS) in association with Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM). The program aims to develop outstanding dentist leaders, who will contribute substantially to the healthcare society at large. Graduates can have careers in research, management, public policy and selling cost-effective dental devices.

Duration: 60 Months

5) Columbia


Columbia Business School joins with Columbia Law School to conduct the JD/MBA program that can be completed with two options – an accelerated 3-year program or the traditional 4-year program. It is designed to promote visionary leadership and effective management from the viewpoints of both business and law. Graduates can benefit from careers as managers or lawyers in a wide variety of areas ranging from government to corporates, and even the non-profit sector.

Duration:  36 Months (Accelerated) or 48 Months (Traditional)


1) Stanford Joint Degree Programs
2) MIT Sloan Joint Degree Programs
3) Wharton Joint Degree Programs
4) Harvard Joint Degree Programs
5) Columbia Joint Degree Programs