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Students can expand their educational and career horizons through dual degrees. The Wharton School partners with other schools, both at Penn and at other institutions, on a number of dual degree programs.
All dual degree programs enable students to complete two degrees concurrently in less time that it would take to earn the degrees separately. The Wharton MBA degree requires that students complete a minimum of 19 credit units (cu). Dual degree students are allowed to combine four credit units (4cu) taken at the partner school with a minimum of 15cu of required Wharton MBA coursework and a maximum of 16.5cu (17cu for Lauder students). This usually saves at least one semester and, in some cases, one year of study.
For each of the designated dual-degree programs, students must satisfy independent admission requirements of both the Wharton School and the other school involved. This means that the appropriate standardized tests, such as the LSAT or GRE, a completed application form, transcript, and recommendations, must be sent to the other school. Exception: MBA/MA (Lauder) is a joint program and thus MBA/MA (Lauder) students apply using the joint application and are admitted to the joint program. The approved joint and dual degree programs available include the MBA/MA programs with the Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies, and with Johns Hopkins University’s Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and the Harvard Kennedy School as well as dual-degree programs with the University’s schools of Engineering [MBA/MSE (Engineering), Law (MBA/JD), Medical Sciences (MBA/MD, MBA/DMD, MBA/VMD), Nursing (MBA/MSN, MBA/PhD), Design [MBA/MArch (Architecture), MBA/MLA (Landscape Architecture), MBA/MCP (City Planning) and MBA/MHP (Historic Preservation)], Arts and Sciences [MBA/MES (Environmental Studies)] and Social Policy and Practice (MBA/MSW, MBA/DSW).
Generally, candidates should apply simultaneously to both components of the dual-degree program, since credits earned in the first degree prior to matriculation do not count toward the second degree. Students should contact the appropriate admissions offices at the partner school Wharton’s MBA Program Office for more information.
Dual-Degree Students (except Lauder, the Law School, JD/MBA, and the School of Design)
Students in approved dual degree programs are required to be in residence at Wharton for three semesters, minus the above noted exceptions. Wharton is the primary school of residence during these three semesters, and the alternate program is the secondary school of residence. Tuition is paid to the primary school of residence.
During the three semesters of primary residence with Wharton, students are limited to 16.5 credit units, regardless of whether those credits are from courses at Wharton or another School at Penn. Tuition paid for courses completed during the summer sessions will be deducted from the tuition in the last semester of residence at Wharton if the cumulative credits during the three semesters of primary residence do not exceed the 16.5 credit unit maximum. Credit units earned beyond the 16.5 limit are charged per additional credit unit.
MBA/MA Lauder Students
For the Wharton component of their tuition, Lauder MBA/MA students are governed by tuition policies that apply to regular MBA students. Because four credit units from the Lauder students’ MA degree are counted toward the MBA, Lauder students may only take 17 Wharton credit units (therefore meeting the 21 credit limit) above which tuition surcharges apply at the per credit unit rate
The Law School/The School of Design
For the Wharton component of their tuition, JD/MBA students and all MBA/School of Design dual degree students (MBA/March, MBA/MLA, MBA/MCP, MBA/MLA and MBA/MHP) will spend two semesters at Wharton and will pay tuition at the Wharton rate. For the remainder of their dual degree program, they will reside at the Law School or the Design School, paying tuition to the Law or Design Schools. MBA/JD and MBA/Design students are limited to a total of 11 credit units during their two semesters in residence at Wharton. Any course work done after the second semester is billed at the rate appropriate to the Law or Design School. If one chooses to enroll in courses during the summer following the two semesters at Wharton, these courses cannot be counted toward the Law or Design portion of their dual degree program. They will instead count toward the MBA portion, and if they exceed the 11 credit maximum for the first year, they will be surcharged accordingly.
Students in the 3-year JD/MBA will pay one tuition each year. The student may take up to 16.5cu during the three years of the program. Wharton credits exceeding this number will be charged in the amount of the extra credit charge for the year in which the student exceeds the limit.