BGP-510Y: HKS-HBS Joint Degree First-Year Seminar

Semester: Year

Credit: 0.5

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: Shawn Cole


Day Time Location
First Day 9/3
Meet Day M 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM L332
Please note BGP-510Y switches to Tuesdays 4:15-6:00 in BL-1 for the spring term.


This required seminar introduces degree candidates in the first two years of the joint programs (both MPP-MBA and MPA/ID-MBA) to key policy and management issues at the interface of the business and government sectors. It complements their learning in the required curricula of HBS and HKS, aids them in selecting appropriate elective courses, and provides context for choosing and pursuing employment in the summers following the first and second years of the joint program. It also promotes the development of program cohort cohesion in the short term and professional identity in the longer run. A unifying pedagogical goal of the seminar is to prepare students to identify the political, market, and managerial aspects at work in issues at the interface of business and government institutions. Understanding these very different dimensions of complex problems provides a basis for applying professional skills and knowledge to help resolve them.

Required for first-year students in the joint HKS/HBS degrees, and not open to other students. Meets all year, generally on alternate weeks. Please note, BGP-510Y will meet on Mondays in the fall and on Tuesdays in the spring.








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