The PhD/MBA joint degree program offers the unique opportunity for PhD students at Dartmouth College to finish off their training with management education. 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 program is currently only available to PhD students at Dartmouth. Students must apply to and be admitted to the MBA program. The PhD experience will be counted as post-bachelors degree work experience. Matriculating students must enter with the regular Tuck class in the fall and complete the required first-year Tuck core curriculum. Students are expected to participate in an internship during the summer between their first and second Tuck years, to reinforce the MBA experience. Courses taken during the PhD program will be counted as the equivalent of one term's worth of electives. While application and admission to the MBA program can occur at any point while enrolled in the PhD program, it's recommended that students apply in the third or fourth year of their program. Students are encouraged to meet with advisors for the PhD/MBA Program, Prof and Associate Dean Praveen Kopalle, or Kerry Landers, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at the School of Graduate and Advanecd Studies. It is important that PhD students show strong academic ability as well as demonstrated potential for leadership, and they should be able to articulate well why the MBA degree will help them achieve their goals.
Ph.D./MBA Frequently Asked Questions
WHO CAN APPLY TO THIS PROGRAM?
Currently enrolled Dartmouth Ph.D. graduate students. Graduate alumni must apply through Tuck's regular admissions process and will not be eligible for the accelerated program which includes using 4 previously taken classes in lieu of 1 term of distributives.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST ME TO APPLY?
Tuck has agreed to waive the application fee for Dartmouth Ph.D. graduate students applying to this program. Prior to applying on-line, please contact Gary Hutchins in the Graduate Studies Office to arrange a free waiver with the Tuck Admissions Office.
DO I NEED TO TAKE THE GMAT®?
No, if you have taken the GRE's® within the past five years, you may submit your GRE® scores. Otherwise you should plan on taking the GMAT® and submitting those scores.
ARE MY GRE SCORES STILL VALID FOR THIS APPLICATION?
The ETS testing service considers GRE® scores to be valid for 5 years from the time of testing. Your scores will be used as long as this time limit has not been passed. If it is beyond the 5 year limit, you should plan to take the GRE® or GMAT® exam to complete your application.
WHEN SHOULD I APPLY?
Ph.D. graduate students can apply any time, however this is an extremely competitive process and we suggest you take the time necessary to demonstrate an interest and competence in business by learning about the MBA in general; engaging in the Tuck environment, through for instance attending conferences and events; talking to Tuck students; participating in Tuck organizations; and auditing certain classes. There are several application dates for Tuck, as listed on their website, please refer to these online.
Here is a list of possible activities:
- Participation in Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network Workshops
- Attend conferences such as Business and Society Conference; Women in Business; Greener Ventures; Thayer business/technology conferences
- Taking classes in applied technology and entrepreneurship
- Interaction with companies through your research
- Engagement with Tuck student clubs where you might add value (e.g., health care, technology)
WHEN SHOULD I PLAN TO START THE TUCK PROGRAM?
Ph.D. graduate students must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D., including having handed in their signed thesis, prior to starting in the fall quarter. Students who have not completed all requirements must request to defer entrance until the following fall, or will be withdrawn from the program.
HOW WILL I PAY FOR THIS PROGRAM?
Ph.D. graduate students must apply for financial aid through the Tuck Financial Aid Office. Merit based scholarships are available.
DOES MY ADVISOR NEED TO KNOW I WILL BE APPLYING?
We encourage graduate students to discuss their interest in the program with their advisors. It's very likely graduate students will ask their advisors for recommendation letters. It is very important to be realistic about the timeline and entrance requirements so that there are no misunderstandings about your potential completion date of the Ph.D.. As such, it is important to have an open understanding with your advisor about your interest in the program.
TUCK REQUIRES TWO RECOMMENDATIONS. WHO SHOULD I ASK TO WRITE ME A RECOMMENDATION?
Tuck suggests that you have your advisor and if possible someone outside your academic work to demonstrate your ability to handle multiple commitments while in graduate school.