Embarking on an MBA can be an exhilarating and rewarding experience. At the same time, it can be a big commitment: new subjects, late night study sessions, managing competing group projects. Imagine then pursuing not one, but two degrees at the same time. For those brave (or foolish, depending on who you ask) students in a dual degree program however, that is exactly what they`ve signed up for.
What Exactly Did They Sign Up For?
At Dalhousie, MBA candidates can pursue one of two dual degree programs: a JD/MBA or MBA/MEng. The first is a joint degree in conjunction with the Schulich School of Law, and the second a Master of Engineering. Both options take the requirements for their respective programs and condense them into a shorter time frame. Students in a dual degree therefore have membership in both schools, and the advantages that come with it: access to award-winning faculties, large and accomplished alumni pools, and a close-knit and exclusive community.
Furthermore, dual degrees offer a new way of integrating knowledge and expertise over a range of subjects. They allow students to bridge areas like business and law which are increasingly closer than ever before. And perhaps most importantly, they give graduates a leg up in a competitive market – positioning them well to become captains of industry.
What Students Say
Listening to JD/MBA student Sydni Kind, it’s easy to see how these considerations continue to influence and draw people to dual degree programs:
“I chose the JD/MBA program to effectively position myself to succeed in the areas of corporate and real estate law. In an increasingly competitive job market, the ability to set myself apart was highly appealing.”
And for those who choose to take the plunge, the experience can be immensely rewarding (I might be a little biased!); just listen to JD/MBA Parker Baglole:
“To date, my experiences at Dalhousie (and in the city of Halifax) have been overwhelmingly positive, and I highly recommend the program to any person looking to improve their business and/or legal thinking!”