Harvard University has announced the launch of a new joint master’s degree (MS/MBA) program between Harvard Business School (HBS) and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).
The two-year, full-time, HBS joint MS/MBA degree for tech leaders will include additional coursework during each January term but give students freedom during the summer to pursue an internship or startup venture, just as the traditional MBA does. It will welcome its first cohort of approximately 30 students in August 2018 and will confer two degrees to graduates, a Master of Science in engineering sciences and an MBA.
The new program is designed to bridge the divide between engineering and business for aspiring leaders in the tech sector who want to drive and manage innovation throughout their organizations.
The program was created by HBS Professor of Business Administration Tom Eisenmann, faculty co-chair of the HBS Rock Center for Entrepreneurship and faculty chair of both the HBS California Research Center and the recently launched HBS Startup Studio in New York, and SEAS Professor of Engineering Rob Howe, who directs the Harvard Biorobotics Lab and cofounded RightHand Robotics. Together they will serve as faculty co-chairs of the new MS/MBA program.
SEAS, located across the river from HBS, will also be moving the majority of its faculty, students, and classes to a new facility adjacent to HBS in the coming years.
- Students in the new MS/MBA program will begin as a cohort at SEAS in August, completing a two-week intensive System Engineering Course.
- The majority of the rest of the first year will be spent at HBS completing the MBA Required Curriculum (RC).
- MS/MBA students will continue to meet periodically as a cohort at SEAS during the first year in an Engineering, Design & Innovation Management Seminar and will also complete a Technology Venture Immersion course together during the January term.
- During their second year, MS/MBA students will split their time between electives at each SEAS and HBS. They will also come together as a cohort for an Integrated Design course during the fall term and complete a Capstone course during the January and spring terms, working in small teams to build and launch a new product.
- There will not be any summer coursework, giving students the freedom to pursue a summer internship at an established tech firm or startup or work on their own venture.
One of the goals we have with this program is attracting students who may not be interested in either a standalone MBA or MS in engineering sciences.
To gain admission to the joint MS/MBA program, students must:
- Hold an engineering, computer science, or related undergraduate degree, with a record of outstanding academic achievement
- Have at least two years of full-time work experience, ideally in designing and/or developing technology-intensive products;
- Meet the criteria for admission to both the HBS MBA program and the SEAS MS program.
1] Those interested in this new program must submit all application elements required by both schools, but the entire process will be hosted within the system HBS currently uses to make it as easy as possible to complete.
2] Applicants will only have to log into one account, submit all of the application requirements for the MBA program—transcripts, essay, work history, test scores—and then open up a connected page where they can submit all of the SEAS required components.
3] Applicants to the joint-degree program will be required to submit an additional essay focused on their tech expertise and experience.
4] Applicants who advance to the interview round will at that point also be asked to supply an additional letter of recommendation focused on their tech credentials, he adds.
The initial application review process will be the same as it is for all applicants to the MBA program, with a subset invited to interview.
There will be three potential outcomes
1] Admission by SEAS and HBS as part of the joint program
2] Admission into the MBA program but not the joint degree program,
There will be two application rounds for the inaugural MS/MBA cohort slated to start in August 2018.
- The Round 1 deadline is September 6, 2017
- Round 2 deadline is January 3, 2018.
- College seniors can also apply for “2+2” deferred admission to the MS/MBA program. The deadline for those applicants is April 10, 2018.
Harvard’s new joint MS/MBA program becomes the sixth joint-degree program offered between HBS and Harvard’s other leading schools. Other programs are
a) Joint-degree programs with the Harvard Kennedy School—an MBA/MPP (Master of Public Policy) program
b) an MBA/MPA-ID (Master of Public Administration-International Development)
c) a JD/MBA with Harvard Law School,
d) a MD/MBA with Harvard Medical School
e) a DMD/MBA with Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
- NYU Stern School of Business announced this spring a new one-year accelerated Tech MBA program
- Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management offers a one-year Tech MBA program on its Cornell Tech campus in New York City.
- Stanford Graduate School of Business features two related, three-year dual-degree programs, one combining an M.S. in computer science with the MBA, and a second combining an M.S. in electrical engineering with the MBA.
- MIT offers a System Design Management (SDM) program jointly offered by its School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management.