Curriculum Requirements

Students enrolled in the MBA-MPP joint degree program will spend Year One of the program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (HKS) taking MPP core courses, one HKS elective course, and a joint degree seminar. In Year Two, students will be enrolled in the required curriculum courses in the MBA program at Harvard Business School, plus the joint degree seminar. The joint degree seminar will be required for all first and second year joint degree students. The course will include integrative lectures and discussions led by joint degree program core faculty, as well as topical presentations by faculty from both schools.

During the summer between the first and second year of the joint degree program, it is anticipated that all MBA-MPP students will pursue a public service or policy-based internship. Similarly, it is anticipated that these students will experience a private sector or "for profit" internship during the summer between the second and third years of the program.

The third year of the joint degree program will be an integrated year. Students will take elective courses at both HKS and HBS, including a required integrative Business-Government course, and they will undertake a significant Capstone Exercise in their final term.

The MBA-MPA/ID joint degree program differs from the MBA-MPP program in the courses required at HKS in Year One, and in the elective course guidelines for HKS in Year Three.

During the summer between the first and second year of the MBA-MPA/ID joint degree program, all students are required to have an international development-based internship. In the summer between the second and third year of the program, these students will be encouraged to experience a private sector or "for-profit" internship.