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Interdisciplinary Programs

Many Wharton MBAs choose to extend their education beyond the Wharton School. Consider customizing your MBA experience with one of the dual-degree or interdisciplinary options Wharton offers with the University of Pennsylvania and other schools below.

Integrated Programs

Wharton offers three integrated interdisciplinary programs at the University of Pennsylvania.

MBA/MA Lauder Joint Degree in International Studies

The MBA/MA Lauder Joint Degree in International Studies combines foreign language skills with a passion for international business by integrating the Wharton MBA program with an MA program in international studies from Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences.

The Francis J. & Wm. Polk Carey JD/MBA

The Francis J. & Wm. Polk Carey JD/MBA Program is a fully integrated three-year program that combines Wharton’s MBA program with Penn’s elite law school.

MBA in Health Care Management

The MBA in Health Care Management provides students with strengths in health economics and health management.

Partnerships with Other Schools

Wharton offers established dual-degree programs with Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and Harvard Kennedy School.

Wharton + School of Advanced International Studies Dual Degree

This three-year, MBA/MA dual-degree program, offered by Wharton and the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of The Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., prepares students to operate in both business and the international political environment. Students earn an MBA from Wharton and an MA in international relations from SAIS, a program that pioneered area studies and the integration of international politics and economics. While in Washington, students have access to Washington’s resources and to leaders in foreign policy and international trade.

YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3
Wharton SAIS Semester 1
Wharton
Semester 2
SAIS

Applicants must begin the Wharton part of their program in Pre-Term, and conferral of each degree is contingent upon completion of all requirements for the other program. Students with less preparation in their chosen field of study or in their language requirement may need additional time to complete the SAIS degree.

Applicants should apply within the cycle directly preceding the year they would like to begin at Wharton. All requests for deferral will be considered within Wharton’s deferral policy.

Wharton + Harvard Kennedy School Dual Degrees

These three-year, dual-degree programs, offered by Wharton and the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) prepare students to operate in both business and public policy or public administration fields. The dual degree option with Wharton allows students to complete the HKS portion of their dual degree over three semesters, as shown below.

YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3
Wharton Semester 1
HKS 
HKS
Semester 2
Wharton

 

  • The Master in Public Administration (MPA) prepares its graduates for positions of significant responsibility in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. The program’s curriculum lends itself to individual tailoring with guidance from HKS faculty and administrators.
  • Geared to the future leaders in the field of international development, the Master in Public Administration/International Development (MPA/ID) is an economics-centered, multidisciplinary program, combining analytical and quantitative methods with an emphasis on policy and practice.
  • The Master in Public Policy (MPP) equips future leaders with a conceptual framework and the specific skills they will need to be successful in public service. The initial emphasis of the curriculum is on building a strong conceptual foundation for analysis, management, and advocacy.

Applicants must fill out applications to both schools during the first year at either school or simultaneously before enrolling at either school. The two degrees may not be completed sequentially. Applicants should apply to Wharton during the application cycle directly preceding their desired Wharton start date. All requests for deferral will be considered within Wharton’s deferral policy.

13+ Interdisciplinary Programs List

You can combine your MBA with a degree from one of University of Pennsylvania’s top-rated graduate and professional schools.

Program Schools Degrees conferred Class Schedule
MBA/MA Lauder Joint Degree in International Studies The Wharton School

Penn School of Arts and Sciences

MBA/MA in International Studies 24 months

begins in May with immersion

MBA/JD Joint Degree The Wharton School

Penn Law

MBA/JD 3 years

begins in Law School

MBA in Health Care Management The Wharton School MBA 22 months
Wharton/SAIS The Wharton School

Johns Hopkins University Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

MBA/MA in International Relations 3 years

begins in Wharton Pre-Term


Wharton/Kennedy School
The Wharton School

Harvard Kennedy School

MBA/MPA or MPP 3 years

begin either at Wharton or Harvard


Wharton/Design
The Wharton School

Penn Design

MBA/MArch

MBA/MLA

MBA/MCP

MBA/MH

Varies

Wharton/Education
The Wharton School

Penn Graduate School of Education

MBA/MSEd in Education Entrepreneurship

13 months

Begins in July with immersion bootcamp between years 1 and 2 of the MBA program

Can apply during Wharton admissions or during year 1


Wharton/Engineering
The Wharton School

Penn School of Engineering and Applied Science

MBA/MSE Varies

Wharton/Environment
The Wharton School

Penn School of Arts and Sciences

MBA/MES 3 years or less

Wharton/Medicine
The Wharton School

Penn Medicine

MBA/MD Varies

Wharton/Nursing
The Wharton School

Penn Nursing

MBA/MSN

MBA/PhD

Varies

Wharton/Social Work
The Wharton School

Penn School of Social Policy and Practice

MBA/MSW Varies

Wharton/Veterinary Medicine
The Wharton School

Penn Veterinary Medicine

MBA/VMD

MBA/MS

Varies

Applying for a Dual-Degree Program

You can apply for one of the dual-degree programs if you are a current first-year student at one of our partner schools (except any of the Medical Sciences programs, which have different application guidelines) or you plan to pursue the first year of the dual degree at Wharton.

Candidates interested in applying to any other graduate program at Penn not listed above must apply to both programs separately and contact the other  program office for details on their courses. The Wharton MBA will be expected to be completed on a full-time basis, like all other degree candidates, with up to 4 courses being allowed to be taken at other Penn graduate schools.

Please review the specific application processes and requirements for joint and dual degrees.

Interdisciplinary FAQs

Am I able to apply to the Lauder Program after I have started the Wharton MBA Program?

The academic calendar for first-year students in the Lauder Program begins in May. Students that have been accepted to the Wharton MBA Program in Round 1 or Round 2 can apply separately to the Lauder Program and still will be expected to start the program in May. Students cannot apply to the Lauder Program after they have started their first or second years at Wharton. For more information about applying to the Lauder Program, please visit the Lauder website or contact lauderinfo@wharton.upenn.edu.

Can I combine the Lauder Program with a degree program other than the Wharton MBA?

The Lauder Institute also offers a joint JD/MA program in partnership with Penn Law. For more information about the Lauder JD/MA, please visit this website.

Is Health Care Management a major or a separate program?

Health Care Management (HCM) is one of the 19 majors offered through the Wharton MBA Program. The Health Care Management major differs from other majors in that students must select this major at the time of application to Wharton. HCM integrates academic and professional development, helping students to obtain summer and permanent positions in all parts of the health care sector, including consulting firms, health care venture capital and private equity, digital health, health care analytics firms, biotechnology, pharmaceutical firms, hospitals, insurers, and government agencies. If prospective students wish to explore the Health Care Management major, the HCM department is happy to arrange either a telephone conversation or a meeting with June Kinney, the Associate Director of HCM. Please find more information on the application process here.

If I am not accepted into the Health Care Management major, can I still be admitted to Wharton?

Your application will be evaluated specifically for the Health Care Management major. If the Admissions Committee feels you are not best suited for HCM but could be a good fit for the MBA program more broadly, you will be considered for Wharton.

If I am admitted to a dual degree program with the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) or the School of Advanced Studies (SAIS), can I start my degree at HKS or SAIS instead of Wharton?

Applicants should apply to Wharton during the application cycle directly preceding their desired Wharton start date. If you are admitted to both programs and do not want to begin at Wharton, you will need to request a deferral and will be subject to our deferral policy. Deferrals typically are only granted for extenuating circumstances.

Are there any dual degree programs that will not allow me to start at Wharton?

The School of Design requires all dual degree students to start at Penn Design. The Harvard Kennedy School encourages students interested in the MPA/ID dual degree to start at HKS.

If I want to apply to a dual degree program, do I have to apply to the Wharton MBA Program and the other program separately?

Unless otherwise noted on the Interdisciplinary Programs website, you must submit separate applications and materials to both programs. Some schools will have strict application requirements around testing, recommendations, and essays. Please follow the admissions requirements for each individual school.

Are admissions decisions for dual degree programs made by one committee?

Applicants to the MBA/MA Lauder Joint Degree in International Studies, the Francis J. & Wm. Polk Carey JD/MBA Program, and the MBA in Health Care Management will receive one joint decision. For all other dual degree programs, you will receive separate decisions, and it is possible that you could be admitted to one program and not the other.

Can I create my own dual degree with a school not listed on the website?

We cannot accept any credits from other programs. You can pursue another program in your own time, but you would still be required to complete all Wharton credit units as prescribed by the full-time MBA program. As a full-time MBA student, you are expected to be at Wharton and pay tuition for four full semesters.

How do I learn more about a graduate program not listed on the Wharton Interdisciplinary Programs website?

If you are interested in other programs not listed on the website, please contact the program office of that respective program.

How many credit units can I take at other Penn graduate schools while a Wharton MBA student?

All Wharton MBA students can take four to six credit units at other Penn graduate schools.

Can I apply to a dual degree program after starting at Wharton?

For most dual degree programs, you can apply to the other program during your first year at Wharton. However, this may extend your time at Penn.

Can I connect with a current student that is a part of a specific dual degree program?

Due to the volume of such requests, we are unable to connect prospective students with current students in every dual degree program. Please review the profiles of our Admissions Fellows and request to be connected with a current MBA student who most closely aligns with your interests.

What if I want to pursue a degree beyond the master’s level at Penn?

Please speak with the PhD department of your interest if you intend to continue your studies beyond the master’s level.