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Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School have created a fully integrated joint degree program in business and government that represents an innovative approach to preparing leaders for a growing area of practice of critical importance to global society.
Students will be prepared to work in positions of influence at the interface of business, government, and nonprofit organizations, dealing with challenges in such critical areas as health care, the environment, economic development, and government regulation.
The program, which was approved by the Harvard Corporation in 2007 after endorsements by votes of the faculties of both schools, admitted its first students in the fall of 2008. Candidates take three years to complete the program and earn degrees from both schools upon completion.
The program offers students the choice of two degree options:
To pursue either joint degrees, students must be admitted independently to both HKS and HBS in the same admissions cycle.
Harvard Kennedy School maintains an abiding commitment to advancing the public interest by training skilled, enlightened leaders and solving public problems through world-class scholarship and active engagement with practitioners and decision makers. HKS offers the depth, reflection, insight, and excellence of ideas and teaching that can shape future leaders, affect public policies, and make an impact on people and their daily lives.
Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its faculty of more than two hundred offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and doctoral degrees as well as more than 40 Executive Education programs. For more than a century, HBS faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching to educate leaders who have shaped the practice of business around the globe.
Moses Esema MPP/MBA 2014 discusses exploring "two sides" of himself at HKS and HBS.
Harvard Kennedy School established the David M. Rubenstein Fund in 2008 thanks to a generous $5 million gift from David M. Rubenstein to support HKS/HBS joint degree students.