Harvard Business School (HBS) and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) offer a joint degree program which confers an MBA from HBS and a Master of Science (MS) in Engineering Sciences from SEAS. The program is completed in four semesters over two years, augmented by summer and January term coursework amounting to three-quarters of a fifth semester. Designed to train future leaders of technology ventures, the MS/MBA program will provide a strong foundation in general management, build design skills, and extend students’ understanding of engineering.

The program seeks to enroll about 30 students annually, whose undergraduate training in engineering or computer science combined with their work experience put them on track to lead teams that make “how to build it” decisions in technology ventures. Upon completion of the program, graduates will also be prepared to make “what to build” decisions, which are the province of startup founders and product managers, general managers, and CEOs in mature technology companies.

Successful technology ventures are able to meet customers’ needs, leverage technology for advantage, and have a viable business model. Leaders of those ventures must be trained as designers—of products, business models, and organizations. To achieve these goals, the MS/MBA conveys concepts and builds skills in engineering, design, and innovation management.

 

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