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Harvard Kennedy School of Government Dual Degree Option
MIT Sloan's dual degree program with the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University enables MIT Sloan students to receive both an MBA and one of the following: a Master in Public Policy (MPP), a Master in Public Administration (MPA), or a Master in Public Administration/International Development (MPA/ID). This program is especially relevant for those who plan to pursue careers in international management or economic development, or who plan to work in industries or regions with a high degree of government partnership or regulation. This program is completed in three or four years.
The MIT Sloan MBA program and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS) offer a dual degree option that can be completed in three years:
- One year in residence at one school
- A second year in residence at the second school
- A third year with one semester at each school
There are three steps to pursuing the dual degree option:
- Admission to the MIT Sloan MBA program;*
- Admission to the Harvard Kennedy School; and
- Permission from MIT Sloan to pursue the dual degree option in three years
*Candidates may be required to submit additional information after admission to MIT Sloan.
Program admissions can be done in any order or concurrently; see below.
Those candidates admitted to both programs who are not granted permission to pursue the dual degree option in three years have the option to complete the two degrees in four years.
Deadline to apply to the MIT Sloan MBA program: MBA Round I or MBA Round II
If you apply to the MIT Sloan MBA program and the Harvard Kennedy School in the same cycle and wish to be considered for the dual degree option, you must:
- Note on your application that you are applying concurrently to MIT Sloan and HKS, and
- Notify MIT Sloan immediately if you are accepted into HKS.
The MIT Sloan School will review your application to determine whether you will be granted permission to pursue the dual degree option.
Please note: Beginning your studies at MIT Sloan the first year allows more flexibility for the completion of the MBA degree requirements.
If you are admitted to the MBA program, the MIT Sloan School will review your application to determine whether you will be granted permission to pursue the dual degree option.
MIT Sloan Starters
Deadline to Apply to the MIT Sloan MBA program: MBA Round I or MBA Round II
Candidates interested in pursuing the dual degree option who begin their studies at MIT Sloan must apply to HKS in their first year. Candidates must also notify the MBA Student Affairs Office of their intention to apply to HKS by the end of the first semester.
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