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HBS and SEAS Launch New Joint Master Degree Programme

HBS and SEAS Launch New Joint Master Degree Programme

The programme, which will confer both a Master of Science in Engineering Sciences and a Master of Business Administration (MS/MBA), begins in August 2018.

Designed to train future leaders of technology ventures, the joint Master programme will provide a foundation in general management, build design skills, and extend students’ understanding of engineering. Prospective students must have an undergraduate degree in engineering, computer science or a related technical field, and at least two years of full-time work experience. The programme will combine existing HBS and SEAS curricula, as well as several new courses designed and taught jointly by faculty from both schools. HBS Dean Nitin Nohria, the George F. Baker Professor of Administration, said:

Finding effective solutions to the most daunting challenges calls for thinking across the boundaries of disciplines. The faculty who created this programme designed it specifically to bridge the divide between engineering and business for aspiring leaders in the tech sector who want to drive and manage innovation throughout their organisations.

The collaborative programme will meet the needs of an increasingly technology-driven world, in which breakthrough solutions to societal problems require deep knowledge of both engineering and business, said Frank Doyle, dean of SEAS and the John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

The joint Master programme spans four semesters, augmented by additional summer and January term coursework. In the first year, students will take a System Engineering course that emphasises an interdisciplinary approach to analysing complex systems, as well as the HBS MBA Required Curriculum, which conveys concepts and builds skills across disciplines relevant to general management, including marketing, organisational behaviour and finance. In the second year, students will take electives at each school. The programme also features three new design courses that emphasise learning-by-doing and build students’ skills with human-centred design and lean experimentation methods.

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To gain admission to the MS/MBA programme, students must:

  • holdan engineering, computer science, or related undergraduate degree, with a record of outstanding academic achievement;
  • haveat least two years of full-time work experience, ideally in designing and/or developing technology-intensive products;
  • meetthe criteria for admission to both the HBS MBA programme and the SEAS MS programme.

Chad Losee, Managing Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid at HBS, said:

We are looking for individuals who want to balance their passion for engineering and innovation with a deep understanding of management and leadership. The students we are seeking have already distinguished themselves technically; this programme will help propel them into leadership roles.

The inaugural MS/MBA cohort will matriculate in August 2018. Candidates for the MS/MBA can apply in either Round 1 (September 6, 2017 application submission deadline) or Round 2 (January 3, 2018 deadline) to matriculate with the first cohort in August 2018. College seniors must apply in April for “2+2” deferred admission. The deadline for “2+2” candidates is April 10, 2018. More details about the programme and the application process can be found here.

Interested students can receive updates on the programme by indicating their interest in the MS/MBA here. If you have questions, please email:

Source: Harvard Business School

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