Bryan Stevenson MPP/JD 1985

Joint Degrees

Harvard Kennedy School has partnered with Harvard Business School (HBS) and Harvard Law School (HLS) to offer students two distinct joint degree programs. Only MPP and MPA/ID students are eligible to enroll in the HKS/HBS or HKS/HLS programs given the unique nature of the joint degree requirements.

As part of the joint degree program, HKS/HBS students spend their first year at Harvard Kennedy School, their second year at Harvard Business School, and one semester at each institution for their final year.

HKS/HLS students spend a full academic year completing the MPP or MPA/ID core curriculum at Harvard Kennedy School, after which they are in-residence at Harvard Law School for the remainder of their time at Harvard. They cross-register into HKS for the remaining courses they need to complete their HKS degree.

In addition to completing their core coursework, joint degree students must also complete a capstone seminar that includes the Policy Analysis Exercise or Second Year Policy Analysis for HKS/HBS students, or the Integrated Written Project for HKS/HLS students.

 

Coursework and residency requirements

Joint degree students have reduced coursework and residency requirements but the amount and type of courses depend on their degree program as illustrated below.

Harvard Business School

  MPP MPA/ID
# of HKS requirements 15 (13 HKS + 2 joint) 17 (15 HKS + 2 joint)
HKS requirements
  • MPP core
  • First-year Joint Degree Seminar
  • Second-year Joint Degree Seminar
  • Third-Year Business-Government Integrative Course
  • PAE/PAC Seminar*
  • At least 3 elective credits (Year 3)
  • MPA/ID core
  • First-year Joint Degree Seminar
  • Second-year Joint Degree Seminar
  • Third-year Business-Government Integrative Course
  • SYPA/Seminar
  • At least 2 elective credits (Year 3)
Years total 3 3
Semesters in-residence at HKS 3 3

 

Harvard Law School

  MPP MPA/ID
# of HKS requirements 12 13
HKS requirements
  • MPP core
  • At least 3 elective credits (preferably in different semesters)
  • Joint Degree Program Seminar (Year 3)
  • Integrated Written Project (including writing workshop module)
  • MPA/ID core
  • At least 3 elective credits (preferably in different semesters)
  • Joint Degree Program Seminar (Year 3)
  • Integrated Written Project (including writing workshop module
Years total 4 4
Semesters in-residence at HKS 2 2

*Joint MPP students who are International and Global Affairs concentrators must complete additional concentration requirements.


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