Joint degree programs are on the rise at Yale, despite the financial and logistical challenges students need to overcome to achieve their dual goals, reports a Yale News article, “Students getting dual degrees.”
Cost-wise, earning a joint degree costs more than earning a single degree, obviously, but does cost less than pursuing two degrees separately. Generally the length of time to pursue two degrees simultaneously is one year less than were a student to pursue two degrees separately.
Logistically, students need to deal with incompatible schedules, running back and forth between campuses, a double work load, varying teaching methodologies, and other obstacles. According to some Yale students, they must juggle their two degrees independently as the school gives little support to students pursuing joint degrees.
The students enrolled in dual degree programs view the whole as far more important than the sum of its parts. “It’s not for everyone, and students should think carefully about their career goals and only do a joint degree if it makes sense,” says Christopher Hurtado, a JD-MBA candidate. “If you just want to practice law, you probably don’t need the MBA. It’s not just another credential.”
To apply to a joint degree program at Yale, students must apply and gain admission to both schools separately. The joint JD-MBA program takes four years to complete.
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