Joint & Dual Degrees

Your interests and goals may span multiple academic disciplines or areas of expertise. That is why the Stanford MBA Program empowers you to combine studies. This flexibility offers a rich and valuable academic experience.

Generally, about 20% of Stanford MBA students take advantage of a joint or dual degree to complement their MBA. As a student, you may also take courses in any graduate school at Stanford University.

Joint Degrees

In a joint degree program, credit from a single course may count toward both degrees. Your degrees must be conferred simultaneously, upon completion of degree requirements for both programs. While in the Stanford MBA Program, you may not pursue concurrently more than one additional degree.

Stanford Joint Degree Requirements

JD/MBA

The JD/MBA joint degree program with Stanford Law School (SLS) is designed for individuals considering:

  • A career in law or public service, who wish to acquire the skills of a general manager
  • A career in management, who wish to acquire the skills and competencies of a lawyer

Degree Requirements

You must fulfill the degree requirements for the joint degree program as outlined in the academic policies from each school for the year in which you began the required curriculum.

MBA Units 84
JD Units 80
Total Units 164
Time to Complete 11 to 12 quarters (4 years)

Stanford GSB Residency

In addition to satisfying the SLS residency requirement, you must complete five quarters of residency, i.e. full-tuition study, at Stanford GSB. Residency starts accruing when you begin the core coursework in the autumn quarter.

Paths to Completing the Program

Option 1 — Complete your first two years of law school, then your first year of business school, followed by courses primarily at the business school in your final year.

Option 2 — Complete your first year of law school, then your first year of business school, followed by a variety of courses at both schools in your remaining two years.

If you intend to complete the JD/MBA program in 11 quarters, you may elect to go on leave during the winter quarter of your fourth year to prepare for the bar exam, and return to classes in spring quarter.

MA Education/MBA

The MA Education/MBA joint degree program with Stanford Graduate School of Education is designed for individuals with a wide variety of interests in education (both K–12 and higher education, for-profit education, etc.), including:

  • Education policy
  • Education management
  • The application of technology to education
  • Teaching and learning

Degree Requirements

MBA Units 84
MA Education Units 35
Total Units 109–119*
Time to Complete 6 quarters (two years)

*Dependent upon number of cross-listed courses taken

In this program, you will spend most of your first year taking MBA courses, while your second year will comprise a mix of business and education courses. You have the flexibility to take a variety of electives at both schools. Depending on your course load, you may need an extra quarter to complete the program.

MPP/MBA

The MPP/MBA joint degree program allows you to simultaneously pursue an MBA from Stanford GSB and an MPP degree from the Public Policy Program at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences.

You may be interested in this degree if you wish to pursue a career in public policy, or at the intersection of business and government.

Degree Requirements

MBA Units 84
MPP Units 90 (of which up to 29 units can be credited toward both programs)
Total Units 145
Time to Complete 9 quarters (3 years)

You will spend most of your first year taking MBA courses; you may take MPP courses once you begin your second year. During autumn and winter quarters of the third year, you will participate in the MPP’s two-quarter practicum course, in which interdisciplinary teams of the MPP cohort analyze and report on real-world policy issues for an outside client.

MS Computer Science/MBA

The MS Computer Science/MBA joint degree program links two of Stanford University’s world-class programs — Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Stanford University Computer Science Department. Students develop the necessary skills to become a manager and/or entrepreneur for new technology ventures.

Degree Requirements

MBA Units 84
MS Computer Science Units 45
Total Units 129
Time to Complete 9 quarters (3 years)

If you start at Stanford GSB, you will spend your first year taking MBA courses. Your second and third years, you will take courses in both programs. If you start in the Computer Science department, you will spend your first year taking CS courses. Your second year, you will take MBA courses and your third year you will take courses in both programs. The joint degree program is typically one to two quarters shorter than completing the two degrees separately.

MS Electrical Engineering/MBA

The MS Electrical Engineering/MBA joint degree program links two of Stanford University’s world-class programs — Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Stanford University Electrical Engineering Department. Students develop an integrated understanding of engineering, strategy, and execution to drive future innovations that increasingly involve both technology and business.

Degree Requirements

MBA Units 84
MS Electrical Engineering Units 45
Total Units 129
Time to Complete 9 quarters (3 years)

If you start at Stanford GSB, you will spend your first year taking MBA courses. Your second and third years, you will take courses in both programs. If you start at the Electrical Engineering department, you will spend your first year taking EE courses. Your second year, you will take MBA courses and your third year you will take courses in both programs. The joint degree program is typically one to two quarters shorter than completing the two degrees separately.

MS Environment and Resources (E-IPER)/MBA

The MS Environment and Resources (E-IPER)/MBA joint degree program with the Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences offers you the opportunity to develop a background in the science, engineering, and technology that underlie environmental problems. You’ll integrate that knowledge with your MBA curriculum to become an influential and innovative leader addressing environmental issues — either directly or peripherally.

Degree Requirements

MBA Units 84
E-IPER MS Units 45*
Total Units 129
Time to Complete 7 to 9 quarters (3 years)

*May include courses offered by other schools within the university, but must be science-related coursework approved by the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences

In one of your final quarters, you will complete a capstone project that allows you to demonstrate your ability to integrate business, science, and engineering knowledge.

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Student Spotlight
MBA
2019

It is not at all an overstatement to say that my four years in the joint JD/MBA program at Stanford have been life-changing. Committed professors and inspiring peers have challenged me to expand my vision of what is possible for myself and for the world. I am graduating with greater confidence, a clearer sense of self and an excitement for what the future holds. Not only do I dream bigger as a result of my time at Stanford, but my dreams feel more attainable. I am leaving Stanford with so much more than the foundational skill set I was seeking.

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Student Spotlight
MBA
2019

The GSB’s joint degree program allowed me to explore the intersection of two passions: investing and education. It provided the flexibility to study both fields and illustrated the opportunities for applying business skills to education in an informed way. Using tools developed and relationships built, I look forward to influencing the education field and inspiring a love of learning in young people during my career.

Last Updated 29 Jun 2020