Harvard Business School (HBS) and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offer a joint degree program for aspiring entrepreneurs, 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: Engineering Sciences 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.

Students in the MS/MBA: Engineering Sciences Program have access to a network of program advisors, a group of accomplished entrepreneurs, technology company executives, and venture capitalists who serve as mentors, speakers, and career advisors for the community.

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 program conveys concepts and builds skills in engineering, design, and innovation management.

Harvard Business School gratefully acknowledges Denise Dupre and Mark Nunnelly (MBA 1984) for their generosity, which supports the MS/MBA: Engineering Sciences joint degree program.