Bryan Stevenson MPP/JD 1985

Joint & Concurrent Degrees

The joint or concurrent degree track is an opportunity for MPP, MPA/ID or two-year MPA students at Harvard Kennedy School to earn two professional graduate degrees in a shorter amount of time by reducing their coursework and residency requirements. In recent years, about 25 percent of HKS students have pursued joint or concurrent degrees.

Typically, students complete their degrees in one year less than if they earned them consecutively. For example, it normally takes four years for a student to earn an MPA and a business degree separately – two years for an MPA and two for an MBA. When pursued concurrently, however, this student will earn both degrees in three years.

This challenging degree track is rewarding but it is not for everyone. Combined degree students commit themselves to degree programs at two different institutions, and may only graduate when they meet the requirements for both degrees.

Students interested in the combined degree track must apply and be admitted to both Harvard Kennedy School and a professional graduate school either at Harvard or at another approved academic institution. Admission to one degree program does not guarantee admission to the other.

Alumni Spotlight

Lillian Langford MPP/JD 2013

Lillian Langford MPP/JD 2013 on the path to fighting injustice (Photo credit: Stephanie Mitchell)

"I was just increasingly interested in the intersection of government foreign policies and human rights, and Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School were both the perfect places for that."

Erin Patten MPP/MBA 2015

Erin Patten, a joint HKS/HBS student, talks about how she landed her summer internship at Shinola Detroit.

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