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Dartmouth to offer streamlined MBA degree to its PhD students

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 08/10/09 • Media Contact: Susan Knapp (603) 646-3661

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Dartmouth Provost Barry Scherr has announced a new program agreement between Dartmouth Graduate Studies and Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, paving the way for a Dartmouth PhD to obtain an accelerated MBA degree, within the design of a new dual degree program. The program is described at the Graduate Studies web site.

“The PhD/MBA represents a natural synergy between our selective PhD programs and Tuck's outstanding MBA program,” said Scherr, who is also the Mandel Family Professor of Russian. “The joint degree aims to produce individuals who are not only thoroughly trained in a scientific discipline but also possess fundamental business and entrepreneurial skills. The recipients of the PhD/MBA will offer a valuable blend of leadership qualities for any organization.”

Dartmouth PhD students will apply to Tuck through the normal admissions process, timed to begin at Tuck directly after completing their PhD. The Dartmouth PhD experience will be counted as post-bachelor’s degree work experience as well as for some elective courses. Coursework is expected to be one term less than for students in the regular MBA program and some courses could even be taken prior to matriculation in the program.

“Dartmouth is positioned well to lead in this area of scientific business development,” said Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim. “The Tuck MBA is leading the way in business management and new Dartmouth PhD/MBA graduates will be able to create new career tracks for themselves, well positioned to succeed in any pursuit.”

Dartmouth boasts PhD programs in 16 scientific fields with many in interdisciplinary training, having primary departments in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, engineering, experimental and molecular medicine, genetics, health policy and clinical practice, immunology, microbiology, mathematics, molecular and cellular biology, pharmacology and toxicology, physics and astronomy, physiology, and psychological and brain sciences. Tuck’s focused, full-time MBA program provides a top-rated business education, where graduates become leaders who work in diverse environments and accomplish the most complex objectives.

“Individuals with both scientific expertise as well as management training will be valued,” said Tuck School of Business Dean Paul Danos. “More and more in business, leaders with multiple skills and deep knowledge in a technical area are highly sought after. Graduates of this program will certainly be poised to start high tech companies and make major contributions to their success.”

Added Brian Pogue, Dean of Graduate Studies and a professor of engineering, “This program was developed through an ad hoc committee initiated by current doctoral students working with faculty and staff from Graduate Studies and the Tuck School. The design builds upon the outstanding strengths that the campus already has; it’s a natural extension of what our students already do and are capable of. The new program simply takes the experience of our PhD students to the next higher level, giving them the skills to implement financial and management decisions with their basis of scientific knowledge”

The new program will be open to applicants in August 2009.

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