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Combination (formerly “Dual”) Degree Programs


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Objective


Combination (formerly “dual”) degree programs are offered by the Darden School in connection with other schools and departments at the University of Virginia. For women and men who show high promise to act with determination, judgment, and integrity in increasingly responsible positions of leadership in the world of practical affairs, these programs are designed to enhance the educational experience beyond that which could be achieved if the two degrees were taken independently. Each combination degree program is a unique program with significant and identifiable synergies that the two degrees taken independently would not offer. The Combination Degree Programs are only available in combination with the Full-Time Program.

Admissions


For all combination degree programs, except MBA/Ph.D., students first must be admitted to the Darden School and the appropriate University graduate school or department through the normal admission processes. Admission to both programs should be simultaneous or occur during the student’s first year at Darden. (See Section III for admission requirements for the MBA/Ph.D. program). Once the student is admitted to both programs, the student must be accepted for the combination degree program by the combination degree program’s program committee. Admission to a combination degree program should be prior to matriculation or no later than during the student’s first year at Darden.

Curriculum Requirements


Students in combination degree programs must complete the Darden first year program and 22.5 credits of electives (instead of the normal 30 credits). Other curriculum requirements are noted in the individual combination degree program descriptions.

Receipt of the MBA degree is contingent upon receipt of the respective non-MBA degree. In the combination MBA/Ph.D. program, however, the faculty will award the MBA degree to a student who has completed all requirements for the regular MBA program.

Grading Standards


Candidates for combination degrees must satisfy the grading standards of the appropriate school or department granting the non-MBA degree as well as the Darden grading standards.

Transfer to a Single-Degree Program


At any point in the program, the student will be allowed to terminate plans for a combination degree and continue toward a single degree at either school or department. The student will then be obligated to satisfy the normal requirements of the appropriate program, which may include credit for some of the work done in the other program, as determined by the appropriate officials of the school or department in question.

More Information


For more information about combination degree programs at Darden, contact the Director of Admissions, The Darden School, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 6550, Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550; (434) 924-7281.

MBA - J.D.


The Law School offers a combination (formerly termed “dual”) degree program with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, in which the student may obtain both the MBA and the J.D. degree in four years instead of the five that would be required if each were undertaken separately.

Administration of the Program

The program is administered by faculty advisors from the Law and Darden School faculties, as designated by the respective deans.

Admission to the Program

A student who wishes to be admitted into the combination degree program must secure separate admission to both the Darden School of Business and the School of Law through the normal admissions process.

In both cases, the student is held to the same standards as any other applicant, and candidacy for the combination degree program is not considered at this stage. Application to one school may be made either prior to entrance or while a first-year student at the other. No students are admitted to the combination degree program after completing the first year of either Law or Darden. Students who have been admitted to both schools and who wish to undertake the combination degree program should notify the registrar of each school and apply to the faculty advisors for permission to do so. Admission requires approval of both the Law and Darden faculty advisors.

Curriculum

The program takes four years to complete. It consists of the complete first-year program of each school, followed by two years of course work taken from the curricula of the two schools and, in appropriate cases, from other graduate offerings at the University. Students who have been admitted to the program may elect whether they want to start in the School of Law or the Darden School, and in any event must spend their first year in full-time residence in either the Darden School or the School of Law. The second year is spent in the other school, again in full-time residence and, in effect, as regular first-year students. During the third and fourth years, students must complete the required/elective curricula of both schools. At the conclusion of the fourth year, students who have earned a minimum of 70 credits and six residency semesters in the School of Law and a minimum of 52.5 credits in the Darden School will be awarded both the MBA and J.D. degrees.

Change of Status

At any point in the program, the student may terminate plans for a combination degree and continue toward a single degree at either school. The student must then satisfy the normal requirements of the school elected, which may include credit for some of the work done in the other school, as determined by the appropriate officials of the school in question.

Tuition and Fees

During the first three years of the program, students will pay one full year of Darden School tuition (when enrolled in the full-time first-year curriculum at the Darden School) and two full years of Law School tuition. During the fourth and final year of the program, students will pay one semester of tuition to the Law School and one semester of tuition to the Darden School.

Financial Aid

Financial aid will be provided by the school to which the student is paying tuition during each semester. Financial aid is not guaranteed and is subject to individual school and University availability and regulations.

Extracurricular Activities

The students are eligible to participate in the extracurricular activities of both schools to the extent that their time permits. Students should be particularly alert to the possibility of over-commitment, however.

Grading Standards

In the first two years of the combination J.D.-MBA program, while enrolled exclusively in either the School of Law or the Darden School, students are required to meet the grading standards of the school in which they are enrolled. In the final two years, when enrolled in both schools, students are required to meet the session and cumulative grading standards of each school independently to remain in good standing.

MBA - M.D.


The objective of the MBA/MD Combination (formerly termed “Dual”) Degree Program is to educate a small number of students who will become national leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship in the health care sector, ranging from the development and diffusion of new products to the management of health care delivery systems. Students who combine their MBA and MD degrees will have the opportunity to work with faculty from the Darden Business School and the School of Medicine (SOM) to focus on the management of health-care-related businesses and models for addressing health. Foci can include health care delivery systems, biotechnology, medical devices, translational research, health policy, and regulation.

The MBA/MD Program will be administered by one member of the Darden faculty and one member of the SOM faculty, as designated by the respective Deans of each school. The responsibilities of these faculty members consist of development and application of admission criteria to the combination degree program, coordination of the curricula for the students, resolution of problems that arise, reconciliation of course and examination conflicts, and promotion of combination offerings by the two schools where that is desired. The two faculty members will constitute the MBA/MD Program Committee. Medical students in their third year can apply and must be admitted to the Darden School through the normal admissions process. Medical students must complete all requirements for the MD degree and 52.5 credit hours of course work in the Darden School, including the entire First-Year Program. (Normally, the MBA requires 60 credit hours.) The combination degree will generally require five years including summers to complete. Students in this program will be expected to use their elective courses to develop depth in areas that reflect their combination degree educational objectives and career interests. Each student will submit to the MBA/MD Program Committee a program of study that outlines how the degree requirements of each school will be met. The student must also present a rationale regarding how his or her combination degree educational objective will be achieved with the planned set and sequence of courses.

MBA-M.P.H.


The objective of the MBA/Master of Public Health Combination (formerly termed “Dual”) Degree Program is to educate a small number of students who will become national leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship in the health care sector, ranging from the development and diffusion of new products to the management of health care delivery systems. Students who combine their MBA and MPH degrees will have the opportunity to work with faculty from the Darden Business School, Department of Public Health Sciences, and School of Medicine, to focus on the management of health-care-related businesses and models for addressing health. Foci can include health care delivery systems, biotechnology, medical devices, translational research, health policy, and regulation.

The MBA/MPH Program will be administered by one member of the Darden faculty and one member of the GSAS, Department of Public Health Sciences faculty, as designated by the respective Deans of each school. The responsibilities of these faculty members consist of development and application of admission criteria to the combination degree program, coordination of the curricula for the students, resolution of problems that arise, reconciliation of course and examination conflicts, and promotion of combination offerings by the two schools where that is desired. The two faculty members will constitute the MBA/MPH Program Committee.

Students must first be admitted to the Darden School and the MPH program through their normal admission processes. Once the student is admitted to both programs, the student must be accepted for the Combination Degree Program by the Combination Degree Program’s program committee. Admission to a Combination Degree Program should occur prior to matriculation.

MPH students must complete all requirements for the MPH degree and 52.5 credit hours of course work in the Darden School, including the entire First-Year Program. (Normally, the MBA requires 60 credit hours.) The combination degree will generally require three years including two summers to complete.

Students in this program will be expected to use their elective courses to develop depth in areas that reflect their combination degree educational objectives and career interests.

Each student will submit to the MBA/MPH Program Committee a program of study that outlines how the degree requirements of each school will be met. The student must also present a rationale regarding how his or her combination degree educational objective will be achieved with the planned set and sequence of courses.

MBA/MPP


Darden and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia offer the MBA/MPP combination (formerly termed “dual”) degree program. The program consists of the complete First Year program of each school, followed by one year of coursework taken from the curricula of the two schools. This coursework includes, in appropriate cases, courses from other graduate offerings at the University. All MBA/MPP students complete a minimum of 30 credits for each degree for a total of at least 60 credits. Under no circumstances will a combination degree student be permitted to complete the program in fewer than three years (six semesters) of coursework.

Visit the Batten School’s MBA/MPP degree page for further details.
 

MBA-M.A. in Asian Studies


The MBA-M.A. in Asian Studies combination (formerly termed “dual”) degree program combines the analysis, decision-making, and managerial concepts and techniques taught at the Darden School with intensive language and area studies in East Asia, primarily Japan and China.


Students are expected to complete the MBA-M.A. program in three years instead of the four years required if each degree were taken separately.

Administration of the Program

The program is administered by one member of the East Asia Center faculty and one member of the Darden School faculty, as designated by the respective deans. The responsibilities of these faculty members extend to admission to the program, development of curricula for the students involved, coordination of courses and examinations, and promotion of combination degree offerings by the two schools where that seems feasible.

Curriculum

A combination degree candidate must satisfy the grading standards of the appropriate school or department granting the non-MBA degree and receive passing grades in their Darden School courses. Students must also take the required portion of the M.A. program, which consists of 30 graduate credits. All MBA/MA-EAS students complete a minimum of 30 credits for each degree for a total of at least 60 credits.

Following the Darden first year, students normally spend the summer in intensive language study. The second year is followed by a six-month internship in an East Asian location. For their sixth semester, students return to the University to complete their degree requirements. One research paper based on field work conducted in Asia may be used to satisfy both a Darden Business Project at Darden and the master’s thesis requirement at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. These research projects are jointly supervised by a faculty member from both the Darden School and the East Asia Center faculty.

Students in the combination degree program must comply with the Darden grading standards for recognized combination degree programs.

At the successful conclusion of the three years, the student is awarded both an MBA and an M.A.

MBA-M.A. in Government or Foreign Affairs


The combination (formerly termed “dual”) degree in government or foreign affairs meets the growing need for managers to obtain expertise in comparative government, international relations, political risk assessment, and public administration in combination with the business concepts and techniques taught at Darden.

Students are expected to complete the MBA-M.A. program in three years instead of the four years required if each degree is taken separately.

Administration of the Program

The program is administered by one faculty member designated by the chair of the Department of Politics and one member of the Darden School faculty, designated by the dean. The responsibilities of these faculty members extend to admission to the program, development of curricula for the students involved, coordination of courses and examinations, and promotion of combination degree offerings by the two schools where that seems feasible. For convenience of reference, these faculty members are referred to as the program committee.

Curriculum

The program takes three years to complete. Students in the combination degree program must complete all the required courses at the Darden School.

Students must earn a total of 52.5 credit hours of course work in the Darden School to satisfy the Darden graduation combination degree requirements. The MBA Darden Business Project is combined with the thesis requirements of the M.A. program. Projects are jointly supervised by a faculty member from both the Darden School and the Department of Politics.

Students must take the required portion of the M.A. program, consisting of 24 graduate credits and 6 credits of Non-Topical Research, for a total of 30 credits minimum. The department will accept six credits (two courses) from Darden toward the completion of this requirement.

The M.A. in Government or Foreign Affairs requires successful completion of a proficiency test in a foreign language arranged by the department or completion of the methods requirement, successful completion of PLAD 7090, and successful completion of the M.A. thesis.

MBA-M.Ed.


The MBA/MEd combination (formerly termed “dual”) degree program is designed for students who want to transform education in the United States and around the world. Combination degree graduates will use their knowledge of the value of human capital, the importance of data-driven decisions and the necessity for measuring meaningful outcomes to improve education effectiveness, drive change in education policy, lead innovation in education technology and more.

Prospective students must be accepted into both schools in order to participate in the combination degree program. Application to one school may also be made prior to entrance in the other or while the applicant is a first-year student in the other school. This path, however, would lengthen the course of study to obtain the combination degree beyond the two-year ideal.

Teaching experience is not required for admission, although admission preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate professional experience in education.

Depending on work experience, students may participate in either the traditional MBA or the executive MBA format.

Traditional MBA/MEd Format

Students begin coursework at the School of Education and Human Development during the first summer. Students then continue in the first fall and spring at Darden, completing the Darden required first-year program. During the second summer, students would be enrolled at the School of Education and Human Development. Students may also participate during this same summer in an internship. During the fall and spring of their second year, students would be enrolled at Darden while taking their remaining coursework in both schools. If a student is admitted into the combination degree program after beginning coursework in either school, the course of study will likely take longer to complete.

Executive MBA/MEd Format

In the executive format, students begin coursework during their first summer. Students then complete coursework at Darden and the School of Education and Human Development in parallel during the entire two-year program (EMBA or GEMBA format). During this time, students should also either work part-time or participate in a part-time internship. If a student is admitted into the combination degree program after beginning coursework in either school, the course of study will likely take longer.

Regardless of which MBA format a student enrolls in, at the conclusion of the MBA/MEd program, students will have earned a minimum of 52.5 credits from the Darden School and a minimum of 30 credits from the School of Education and Human Development. Students who complete all coursework to the satisfaction of each respective school will be awarded two degrees – the MBA and the MEd in Administration and Supervision.

MBA-M.E.


The objective of the Master of Business Administration-Master of Engineering combination (formerly termed “dual”) degree program at the University of Virginia is to prepare individuals for leadership positions in technologically intensive organizations.

The MBA program provides an understanding of the fundamental areas of business while it develops the capacity to analyze managerial problems and present resourceful solutions to these problems.

The M.E. program within the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) enhances the professional instruction of the bachelor’s program in engineering, while increasing the graduate student’s knowledge and understanding in a specific field of engineering or applied science.

The MBA-M.E. program will create an opportunity for graduate students to acquire the breadth of understanding and added flexibility needed to operate effectively at the interface between the commercial and technical units of modern industry and society.

Degree Requirements

Students in the MBA-M.E. program will be required to complete 30 credits of course work for the ME in Systems Engineering and 60 credits of coursework for the MBA. Students may earn up to 7.5 of the 60 credits required for the MBA degree in appropriate graduate-level coursework in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Similarly, students may earn up to 6 of the 30 credits required for the ME in Systems Engineering in appropriate graduate level coursework in the Darden School of Business. 

The purpose of the MBA degree program requirements is to provide a comprehensive, integrated view of business. MBA students in the combination degree program are expected to use their elective courses to provide depth in the areas that reflect their combination degree educational objectives and career interests. For example, MBA students might select electives in international business, marketing, operations/technology, quantitative analysis, and organizational behavior. 

The M.E. degree is a professionally-oriented degree. Of the 30 credits of course work required for the ME, 21 credits will be normal course work and 3 credits will be taken in an appropriately-numbered project course. Of these 21 credits, a minimum of 12 credits must be taken in the major department. Also, a maximum of 6 credits may be taken at the 5000-level. None of the 21 credits may include a course taken in the Darden School. 

The combination degree is obtained in approximately one semester less than the time required for the two degrees separately. If a student drops out of either part of the combination degree program, he or she will be required to complete the normal degree requirements to obtain a single degree in either SEAS or Darden.

MBA-M.S.N.


The objective of the Master of Business Administration-Master of Nursing combination (formerly termed “dual”) degree program is to provide a unique educational experience to specially qualified individuals capable of leadership and innovation in health care organizations and delivery systems.

The MBA program provides an understanding of the fundamental areas of business while it develops the capacity to analyze managerial problems and present resourceful solutions to these problems. The M.S.N. program builds on the theoretical knowledge and clinical experience of the bachelor’s prepared nurse and, therefore, the MBA-M.S.N. program creates a special opportunity for students to acquire the breadth of understanding and the management skills needed to perform effectively and creatively at the business and clinical interface of our health care delivery organizations.

Degree Requirements

Students in the MBA-M.S.N. program will be required to complete 60 credits of course work for the MSN and 60 credits of coursework for the MBA. Students may earn up to 7.5 of the 60 credits required for the MBA degree in appropriate graduate-level coursework in the School of Nursing.

Students in this program are expected to use their elective courses to develop depth in areas that reflect their combination degree educational objectives and career interests. For example, electives in service operations, marketing, managerial accounting, etc., might be taken at the Darden School; and courses in health economics, health policy, etc., could be chosen from the nursing school.

The MBA Darden Business Project and one of the required M.S.N. practica are combined into an administrative practicum course where the students are required to serve as administrative residents in a health care organization and are assigned various general management responsibilities. This experience, supervised jointly by faculty from both colleges, is a key element in the practical integration of course work material taken by the student during the program.

MBA-Ph.D.


The Darden School offers a combination (formerly termed “dual”) MBA and Ph.D. degree program in business administration that shortens the process of obtaining both degrees, without sacrificing either professional or scholastic content. The combination four-year degree program allows a student to satisfy the MBA degree requirements and the Ph.D. course requirements by the end of the third year. The completion of the required dissertation typically takes at least one additional year of full-time work. All MBA/Ph.D. students complete a minimum of 30 credits for each degree for a total of at least 60 credits.

For more information about the MBA-Ph.D. degree at Darden, contact the Director of Admissions, Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, P.O. Box 6550, Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550; (434) 924-7281.

MBA/MS in Data Science


Administration of the Program

A Program Committee will administer the combination (formerly termed “dual”) degree program and be composed of one faculty member from the Darden School of Business and one faculty member from the School of Data Science, as designated by the dean of the Darden School and the Dean of the School of Data Science.  

Admission to the program

The student is obligated to secure separate admission to both the Darden School of Business and the School of Data Science Master of Science in Data Science program. Application to one program may be made prior to entrance. Applicants will be held to the same standards as any other applicant, and the fact that he or she is a candidate for the combination degree program will not be considered in the admission process. Once admitted independently to each program, the student may make application to the program committee for admission to the combination degree program. Admission to the combination degree program will be judged according to criteria developed by the program committee and will not be guaranteed by virtue of acceptance at both programs.

Curriculum

The program will take two years to complete. The students will start their coursework with the Summer Term (July) with the School of Data Science. They will complete 9 credit hours of School of Data Science online and in-person coursework. The students will then be enrolled in both the School of Data Science and the Darden School of Business for the Fall and Spring terms. During this time, they will complete the required coursework and the First Year electives in the Darden School of Business. Parallel to this, the students will be enrolled in a 1 credit hour course in the fall and 2 courses totaling 2 credit hours in the spring semester at the School of Data Science. The data science courses will be conducted at a time that does not overlap with the first year curriculum in the Darden School of Business. Students will spend the second summer in an internship. In the second year, the combination degree students will be enrolled at both the School of Data Science and Darden and take courses in both. Students will complete their course work by end of spring term in the second year. 

Regardless of which MBA format a student enrolls in, at the conclusion of the MBA/MS in Data Science program, students will have earned a minimum of 60 credits for the MBA and a minimum of 32 credits for the MS in Data Science. Students who complete all coursework to the satisfaction of each respective unit and meet the graduation requirements of each unit will be awarded two degrees—the MBA and the Master of Science in Data Science.

Change of Status

After the first year, students may terminate plans for a combination degree and continue toward a single degree in either program. Students then must satisfy the normal requirements of the selected program, which may include credits completed in the other program, as determined by the appropriate officials in the selected program. Students put on probation or suspended for academic reasons from one program will be evaluated by the other program to verify their good standing for continued enrollment.

Tuition and Fees

Students enrolled in the combination degree program will be required to pay the full cost of an MBA and the full cost of a Masters in Data Science. The costs for Data Science will be spread across the two-year curriculum and the costs will be based on the anticipated number of credits taken in each period of enrollment. The per-credit rate will change between the first and second year based on the BOV approved tuition and fees. 

Finacial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Services and Darden will coordinate financial aid for the program. Financial aid is not guaranteed and is subject to individual school and University availability and eligibility criteria. Scholarship funding provided by either Darden or the School of Data Science will be applied only to the relevant tuition assessed by the party awarding the scholarship.

Extracurricular Activities

The student will be eligible to participate in the extracurricular activities of both programs to the extent time permits. Because of the possibility of over commitment, however, counsel of the Program Committee is recommended.

Grading Standards

The student is required to meet the grading standards of both programs independently to remain in good academic standing. Each program retains the right to drop students from its degree program following its usual academic standards and procedures. Problems that arise in translation of different grading scales resulting from the combination degree program will be dealt with by the Program Committee. Grades will be recorded on the student’s transcript under the system in effect for the program in which the course is taken.

Faculty Advisors

The members of the Program Committee will serve as advisors to students in the combination degree program or will appoint another faculty member to do so.

MBA/MA Johns Hopkins University


MBA/MA The Darden School and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University (Hopkins) offer the MBA/MA dual degree. The dual degree is offered for students who want to focus on international relations with a strong grounding in business leadership. Students enrolled in this program will complete 45 credits (including the required FY curriculum at Darden) and apply 15 credits from coursework completed at Hopkins toward the MBA. Hopkins will provid a reciprocal agreement of applying Darden credits toward the MA. Students can complete the dual degree in three years, instead of the four years if the degrees were completed sequentially.