Dual Degrees

  • Darden offers several dual degree programs in connection with other schools and departments at the University of Virginia. These joint degree programs are designed to enhance the educational experience beyond what could be achieved if the two degrees were pursued independently.

    Admissions

    Admission to all dual degree programs requires acceptance to both Darden and the participating program through each school's normal admissions process. Once admitted to both programs, the student must submit an additional application and be accepted for the dual degree program by the respective program committee. Dual degree programs are only offered between schools and departments at the University of Virginia and are only available in combination with Darden's full-time MBA program. If you have Darden admissions-related questions, please contact Catie Yeilding.

    Curriculum Requirements

    Students in dual degree programs must complete the Darden First Year program and 22.5 hours of electives for a combined 52.5 credits (instead of the normal 60 credits) at the Darden School in addition to the requisite coursework for the participating program. Additional curriculum requirements are noted in the individual program descriptions below. Receipt of the MBA degree is contingent on receipt of the respective non-MBA degree, and financial aid and grading standards are based on the program of enrollment. Students must coordinate with both schools to ensure that all requirements of the dual degree are met. Each dual degree program has a designated faculty advisor at the respective school.

    *The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only.  The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.

  • MBA/MSDS

    Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Data Science

    Darden offers a combined program with the University of Virginia Data Science Institute that grants a Master of Data Science degree and an MBA degree in 24 months, instead of the 32 months that would be required if each degree were pursued independently. This program combines the Data Science Institute’s action-oriented 11-month curriculum with Darden’s “world’s best education experience” (The Economist, 2011-2016). Students who pursue this dual degree will become coveted hires and indispensable leaders in a variety of fields, including consulting, finance, and technology.

    Students in the dual degree program will begin their coursework in July of their enrollment year. Over that summer, they will take 9 credits of DSI coursework in person. During the first year, they will be enrolled in the full Darden School of Business First Year curriculum, as well as some continued coursework at the Data Science Institute. In their second year, they will be taking classes at both Darden and the Data Science Institute and will graduate from both programs in May with their MBA cohort.

    Dual-degree students may be eligible for a 24-month OPT STEM extension.

    Application Process

    Students must apply for admission to Darden first and then submit a supplemental application to the DSI. To be eligible for the dual degree, you must receive admission from both programs.

    The DSI supplemental application is now available, and it consists of:

    • Four prerequisite courses prior to matriculation: single variable calculus, linear algebra or matrix algebra, introductory statistics and introductory programming. Please provide proof of completion and/or listing and description of the courses in which you plan to enroll (institution, course, planned date of completion). See the DSI application details page for more information.
    • A Statement of Purpose that explains how the MSDS program fits into your short- and long-term educational and career goals (see prompt below).
    • An $85 application fee.

    To access the new application, please follow the instructions below:

    1. Start DSI Supplemental Application
    2. Create a new account (or log in if you already have one)
    3. Start New Application
    4. Select Data Science Institute
    5. Select: Program = Data Science; Degree = MS; Term = Summer 2018
    6. Indicate that you are applying to a dual degree program and select MBA/MSDS. Once you press Continue, the application will truncate to include only select fields required.
    7. Complete all required fields and submit!

    DSI Statement of Purpose Prompt:

    The Statement of Purpose should describe your reasons for applying to the proposed program at the University of Virginia, your preparation for this field of study, study and research interests, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study. Your commitment to a selected field of study is assumed; we want you to discuss some of the problems and issues that particularly engage your mind.

    Please limit your submission to between 500 – 1,000 words.

    Round 1 Darden Applicants:

    • Submit your Darden application by Thursday, October 5, 2017.
    • Submit your DSI application by Wednesday, November 1, 2017.
    • Receive your MBA/MSDS admissions decision by 13 December 2017.

    Round 2 Darden Applicants:

    • Submit your Darden application by Tuesday, 9 January, 2018.
    • Submit your DSI application by Tuesday, 16 January, 2018.
    • Receive your MBA/MSDS admissions decision by 21 March 2018.

    Round 3 Darden Applicants:

    • Submit your Darden application by Tuesday, 3 April, 2018.
    • DSI applications accepted pending availability of open spots.
    • Receive your MBA/MSDS admissions decision by 10 May, 2018.

    Tuition and Fees

    Students enrolled in the dual degree program will be required to pay the full cost of an MBA and the full cost of an MSDS.

    Financial Aid

    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 regulations. Scholarship funding provided by either Darden or the Data Science Institute will only be applied to the relevant tuition assessed by the party awarding the scholarship.

    Contact

    Darden Admissions contact:
    Catie Yeilding — YeildingC@darden.virginia.edu

    Darden faculty advisor for the MBA/MSDS, contact:
    Raj Venkatesan — VenkatesanR@darden.virginia.edu

    Data Science Institute Admissions contact:
    Arlyn Burgess — aew3b@virginia.edu

    MBA/JD

    Darden offers a combined program with the University of Virginia School of Law that grants a JD degree and an MBA degree in four years, instead of the five that would be required if each degree were pursued independently. Application to one school may be made either prior to entrance or while as a First Year student at the other. No students will be admitted to the program after beginning their Second Year at the Law School or at Darden. A student who has been admitted to the program will generally be allowed to elect which school he or she would like to start at first. After successfully completing the First Year program of each school, students are required to earn 20 credits per year at the Law School, while earning 10.5 credits their Third Year and 12 credits their Fourth Year at Darden by taking courses from the curricula of the two schools concurrently. The faculty advisor at Darden is Ken Eades. Visit the JD/MBA Program website for further details.

    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.

    Contact

    Prospective students with additional questions about the MBA/JD program can contact a current student.

    For more information on the School of Law, contact:

    Cordel Faulk
    Interim Assistant Dean for Admissions
    School of Law
    University of Virginia
    +1-434-924-4869
    www.law.virginia.edu

    MBA/MD

    Darden offers a combined program with the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia. The objective of the MBA/MD 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.

    Medical students in their third year can apply to Darden, and if accepted, must complete all requirements for the MD degree and 52.5 credit hours of course work at Darden, including the entire First Year program. The combined degree will generally require five years including summers to complete.

    Contact

    For more information on the School of Medicine, contact:

    Dr. Meg Keeley
    Associate Dean for Student Affairs
    School of Medicine
    University of Virginia
    +1-434-924-5321
    www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/admissions

    MBA/MEd in Innovation in Education Reform

    Few roles in society provide the reach that educators have into, quite literally, millions of lives. But as the problems in the U.S. and other global education systems mount, they know that more needs to be done to make their reach effective.

    The Curry School of Education and the Darden School of Business are partnering for a new MBA/MEd degree designed for the next generation of leaders — those who will transform education in the United States and around the world. Dual-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.

    The typical length of study is two years (including full-time summers, coursework, proseminar/online courses, and internships), beginning at Curry during the summer prior to starting the Darden MBA program.

    We anticipate that — among many other possibilities — our graduates will go on to work in large, urban school districts, charter schools, education non-profits and for-profits, in education policy, as educational consultants, educational technology specialists or as education-focused entrepreneurs.

    For more information, visit the following resources:

    Contacts

    Catie Yeilding
    Assistant Director of Admissions (Dual Degrees)
    Darden School of Business
    University of Virginia

    Ed Freeman
    Elis and Signe Olsson Professor of Business Administration
    Academic Director, Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics 
    Darden School of Business
    University of Virginia

    Susan Mintz
    Associate Professor
    Curry School of Education
    University of Virginia

    MBA/MPP

    The Darden School of Business and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia offer the MBA/MPP dual degree. The program takes three years (six semesters) to complete: the First Year program of each school, followed by one year of coursework taken from the curricula of the two schools. The MBA/MPP coursework also may include courses from other graduate offerings at the University.

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

    Contact

    For more information on the Batten School, contact:

    Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
    University of Virginia
    +1-434-243-3731
    www.batten.virginia.edu

    MBA/MPH

    Darden and the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia offer the MBA/MPH dual degree. 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.

    Students must complete all requirements for the MPH degree and 52.5 credit hours of course work at Darden, including the entire First Year program. The combined degree will generally require three years, including two summers to complete. The faculty advisor at Darden is Philippe Sommer.

    Contact

    For more information on the Department of Public Health Sciences, contact:

    Ruth Gaare Berheim, JD, MPH
    Director, MPH Program
    University of Virginia
    +1-434-924-3487
    www.healthsystem.virginia.edu

    MBA/MA in East Asian Studies

    The MBA/MA in East Asian Studies 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 may obtain both the MBA degree and the MA degree in East Asian Studies in three academic years and two summers. The summer and fall semester of the third year will be spent in a field internship in an East Asian location, where students will improve their language skills and gain exposure to the Asian country’s business practices.

    Contact

    For more information on the MA in East Asian Studies, contact:

    Leonard Schoppa, PhD
    Chair, Graduate Committee
    Department of Politics
    University of Virginia
    +1-434-924-3211
    www.virginia.edu/eastasia

    MBA/MA in Government or Foreign Affairs

    Darden and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia offer the dual degree of a MBA/MA in Government or Foreign Affairs. This dual degree 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.

    Contact

    For more information on the MA in Government or Foreign Affairs, contact:

    Jeffery A. Jenkins
    Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
    Department of Politics
    University of Virginia
    www.virginia.edu/politics

    MBA/ME

    Darden and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Virginia offer the MBA/ME dual degree.

    The objective of this program is to prepare individuals for leadership positions in technologically intensive organizations. The MBA portion provides an understanding of the fundamental areas of business and develops the capacity to analyze managerial problems and present resourceful solutions, while the ME portion increases the student’s knowledge and understanding in a specific field of engineering or applied science.

    The MBA/ME dual degree is obtained in approximately one semester less than the time required for the two degrees separately.

    Contact

    For more information on the ME program, contact:

    Pamela M. Norris
    Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs
    School of Engineering and Applied Science
    University of Virginia
    +1-434-924-6295
    www.seas.virginia.edu

    MBA/MSN

    Darden and the School of Nursing at the University of Virginia co-sponsor the MSN/MBA dual degree.

    The objective of this 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.

    Contact

    For more information on the MSN program, contact:

    Kathleen Cox, PhD, RN
    School of Nursing
    University of Virginia
    +1-434-924-0011
    www.nursing.virginia.edu

    MBA/PhD

    The MBA/PhD dual degree is administered by the director of the Doctoral program. It is a five-year program, and interested students should apply directly to the MBA Office of Admissions. This program allows students to attend the entire First Year of Darden’s MBA program and then go directly into doctoral work. Andy Wicks is the Director of the PhD program. Please visit Darden’s PhD web page for additional information.