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MBA/MPP Joint Degree Program - Is it a good idea?

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MBA/MPP Joint Degree Program - Is it a good idea? [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2010, 16:28
I'm considering applying to a joint degree program, such as the one offered by HBS and KSG (http://www.hks.harvard.edu/degrees/mast ... hbs-degree).

I'd appreciate your thoughts on the usefulness of a joint degree. Basically, I'm worried about spreading myself too thin. Is it too much to pursue two degrees at the same time? Can you adequately complete your coursework? Can you invest the time required to build a meaningful network in two schools?

What do you think?
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Re: MBA/MPP Joint Degree Program - Is it a good idea? [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2010, 23:17
With MBA/MPP joint degrees, you take three years to complete both programs, as opposed to the four years it would take you to complete both if you did them separately. You can do it in one less year because one or both programs will accept fewer credits to fulfill degree requirements.

In any given term, you won't take more classes than students who are earning only MBAs or only MPPs.

Most programs have ways of immersing you in each school, often by having you do one full year in each or by participating in pre-term kick-off type activities. You generally end up having a larger network because of this.
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Re: MBA/MPP Joint Degree Program - Is it a good idea? [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2010, 00:37
Thanks for the insight!

What do you think about career services? I suppose you get both offices behind you..

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