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.
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.
You may pursue a dual degree with any graduate program at Stanford University. Candidates must apply to and be accepted by the other program separately, then notify Stanford GSB. Candidates may apply concurrently to both programs or apply to the dual degree program during the first year as an MBA student. As with joint degrees, you may only pursue one additional degree while in the MBA program.
Study Opportunities Outside Stanford
Stanford MBA students may also pursue degrees with certain professional schools at other universities. Check with each school regarding its policy and timeline.
Benefits of These Experiences
- Completing two degrees in a shorter amount of time while also saving on tuition
- Expanding one’s network outside of Stanford GSB
- Enhancing marketability for certain career opportunities
- Personalizing and individualizing your academic experience to meet your specific learning goals
- Limited capacity for electives that don’t count towards either degree program
- Possibly not graduating with your MBA cohort (depending upon your program)
- Additional moving expenses and logistical challenges if pursuing a program in a different location
- Not being able to participate in specific activities or courses that occur during a quarter that you are away from Stanford GSB (e.g., Arbuckle Leadership Fellows, View From The Top Leaders, Peer Advisors, TALK coach, Leadership Perspectives course assistants)