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Concurrent degree programs allow students to obtain two separate degrees in one year fewer than is normally required if the two degrees were pursued separately by completing a reduced number of credits at both schools. There are no special integrated courses for concurrent degree program students. Concurrent Harvard degrees are offered with Harvard Divinity School (HDS), Harvard Medical School (HMS), Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). Students in a concurrent program with HMS or HSDM spend one year as a full-time HKS student and the remaining years of their program at HMS or HSDM, cross-registering to complete their HKS requirements.
The HKS/HDS and HKS/GSD students, however, spend one full year at each school in the first two years of the program. In the third year, they spend one semester in each school.
Students enrolled in a concurrent program with an approved business school will be required to complete three semesters at HKS and three semesters at their business school. However, the two degrees may not be completed sequentially. Concurrent MPP or MPA/ID candidates must spend one of each of the first two years entirely at one school and split year three. MPA2 candidates may split time between the two schools in either year two or year three.
HKS has concurrent degrees with the following business schools:
Note: Those interested in concurrent business school programs should submit their application to the HKS two-year program for which they are qualified, i.e., for which they have the appropriate work and/or educational experience.
However, all applicants admitted to a two-year program at HKS and a business school on the above list may (prior to enrolling in either school) elect to pursue the HKS two-year MPA degree.
Students enrolled in a concurrent program with an approved law school will be required to complete three semesters at HKS and five semesters at the approved law school. The duration of the program is four years. Normally, the second year is spent at the "other" school. However, it is possible for law students to apply to HKS during their second law school year. The two degrees may not be completed sequentially.
HKS has concurrent degrees with the following law schools:
HKS offers combined medical degrees with Harvard and UCSF Medical Schools. Normally, students enroll in medical school first and complete three years of study there prior to attending HKS. All concurrent medical students must apply to either the MPP or MPA/ID program unless they meet the specific admissions criteria for the HKS two-year MPA degree.
In addition to Harvard and UCSF School of Medicine, other US medical schools may be approved on a case-by-case basis. Interested applicants should be in touch with the Associate Dean for Degree Programs and Student Affairs for more information on the process.
Concurrent degrees are also available from the following Harvard schools:
Joint/concurrent degree students are required to complete a reduced number of total credits toward graduation. However, there is an HKS residency requirement of three semesters. All HKS joint/concurrent students must complete a minimum of three credits in each of three semesters at HKS to fulfill this requirement. Thus, although it is possible to earn enough credits to graduate from a program by taking fewer than three credits in the final semester, three credits are still required in order to fulfill the HKS residency requirement.
Note: Dual degree students with MIT's Sloan School of Management should be aware that Sloan does not forgive any credit requirements toward the MBA. Therefore, some dual degree candidates cross-register to enroll in MIT classes while in residence at HKS in order to complete their MBA requirements. HKS gives no credit for those classes.
Concurrent MPP program students are required to complete a minimum of 12 HKS credits, including 8.5 core credits, three electives, and a second year seminar related to the Policy Analysis Exercise. All concurrent MPP students must complete three semesters in residence at HKS. Because of integrative courses, joint programs may require additional credits beyond the minimum of 12 indicated above.
Joint/concurrent MPA/ID students are required to complete 13 HKS credits. MPA/ID students who pursue joint or concurrent degrees work out the details of their curriculum plan in consultation with the MPA/ID program director.
Concurrent MPA students are required to complete 12 HKS credits, including one approved course in each of the three methodological areas of analytics, management & leadership, and democracy, politics & institutions, and nine elective courses.
Harvard Kennedy School has partnered with the Graduate Institute, Geneva to offer a highly selective dual degree program to mid-career professionals who are looking to advance their careers.
The program allows students pursuing a Master in International Affairs or a Master in Development Studies at the institute to attend HKS during their second and final year to earn a Mid-Career Master in Public Administration degree. Students who complete the program requirements for both schools will earn two master’s degrees in two years rather than three if they attended the programs consecutively.
Candidates must be admitted to HKS and to the Graduate Institute, Geneva, and meet their respective eligibility criteria and application deadlines. Admission to one program does not guarantee admission to the other. Students who are admitted to the dual degree program will spend their first year at the institute and their second year at HKS.
Current HKS students are not eligible to enroll at the Graduate Institute, Geneva through this program.