MBA Dual Degree Programs

Darden Dual DegreeThe University of Virginia Darden School of Business in partnership with the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy announced the launch of a dual master’s degree program in public policy and business administration (MPP/MBA).

Objective: Help future leaders manage public and private sector partnerships seamlessly

Key Features

Duration of Dual-Degree Program: Three Years(36 months)
Provide a combination of managerial and analytic skills

Students have to apply and be accepted at both schools through the normal admissions process.

First and Second Year: Must complete the first-year program at both the Darden and Batten Schools and can decide which school they’ll enter their first or second year.

Third Year: During third year, students complete the required courses for both...

The Tepper School of Business at Carneige Mellon in partnership with HEC Lausanne, the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Lausanne and the Swiss Finance Institute will offer an Executive MBA program in Asset and Wealth Management.

Key Features

Duration of Dual-degree program: 20 months
Six two-week classroom modules: At the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and HEC Lausanne, the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Lausanne.

Innaugral Class: May 2011


  • Provide executives with the conceptual and practical tools and the in-depth financial and investment expertise required to compete at the highest levels of this industry.
  • Equip participants with the managerial tools necessary to assume a leadership role, exploring how to best translate new ideas into practice in a knowledge-intensive industry


Several potential MBA applicants have asked me whether pursuing a dual degree program would help their chances for admissions to Business School. Now there are iseveral good reasons for pursuing a dual degree, however it won’t necessarily help you get into a leading MBA programs. Since then I have heard several different ‘myths’ about about dual degree programs and so I thought I would write this article to bust some of these myths.

But, first let me briefly discuss what a dual degree program is. A dual degree program is simply a program where you apply, pursue and gain 2 degrees at the same time. A dual degree may involve you getting either  a Bachelors and Masters in the same program or getting two Masters degree at different universities. If it is the latter, then you will pursuing these degrees either at different schools in the same university or perhaps across 2 different universities . There are several dual degrees programs you can pursue along with an MBA such as a masters in urban planning, international relations, law, nursing, public health, journalism and engineering amongst others.

Myth 1: Getting into a dual degree program is easier

You need to apply to and be accepted by both programs to be able to purse a dual degree program....

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