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What is the difference between a concurrent and a joint program?
Joint degrees are only offered between the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School or Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School. Joint programs offer integrated curricula, with special courses designed for joint students only.
Concurrent programs allow students to earn two separate degrees in a shortened period of time by completing a reduced number of credits at each school. However, there are no integrated courses designed for concurrent program students.
What HKS degrees can be combined?
Concurrent programs with approved professional schools are restricted to two-year degree programs. Joint programs are available only to MPP or MPA/ID students.
Can I apply for a joint or concurrent degree program after I begin HKS?
Yes, with the exception of the Harvard Business School joint program, you can apply for a joint or concurrent degree program during your first year at HKS.
Can I set up a joint program with the Harvard Graduate School of Education?
We do not offer a joint program with the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Is it possible to set up a concurrent program with a school that is not on the approved list?
No. HKS can only support a limited number of combined degree programs.
How does financial aid work for combined degree students?
You receive financial aid from the school in which you are enrolled in any semester.
What happens if I fail to complete my "other" degree?
In that case, you will be required to complete all four semesters of your program at HKS.
If I am already attending business school, can I apply to HKS?
Yes, if you are in your first year of an approved business school other than Harvard Business School, you may apply to HKS.
If I am doing a concurrent business degree with an approved business school other than Harvard, may I take Harvard Business School or MIT Sloan School courses as electives for credit toward my HKS degree?
No. You may not receive credit toward your HKS graduation for courses at any school similar to the school with which you are doing your combined degree. You may participate in such classes and they will appear on your transcript, but they will not be counted for credit toward your graduation requirements.
Is it possible to switch from the MPP program to the MPA program once I am accepted to a concurrent law program?
Law school students enrolled at schools other than HLS may switch from the MPP to the MPA program only after successfully completing the first year core curriculum of the MPP program. Law school students must have completed at least one year of law study and have the required three years of work experience in order to matriculate as an MPA rather than an MPP student.
If I am already attending law school, can I apply to HKS?
Yes, you may apply to HKS during your first or second year at an approved law school. If you are a student at HLS, you must apply either simultaneously to HLS and HKS, or during your first year at HKS or HLS.
If I am in the HLS joint program, can I cross-register for HLS classes while in residence at HKS?
No. You must take your HLS courses while you are matriculated at HLS.