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Carroll School of Management Launches Its 19th Dual Degree Program

The Carroll School in cooperation with Tufts University launches a new dual MBA/Master’s Degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning

Carroll School MBA launches 19th dual degree.
Carroll School MBA launches 19th dual degree. The focus of the degree is on urban planning.

August 12, 2011

The Boston College Carroll School of Management is unique with its vast array of dual degrees—19 in total. And this summer the newest pilot degree program emerged between Boston College and Tufts University. This is an MBA degree and a master's degree in urban and environmental policy and planning and the Carroll School is already accepting applicants.

Currently the Carroll School offers the following dual degrees: an MBA and master’s in accounting, an MBA and master’s in finance degree along with an MBA and Jurist Dr. Degree, an MBA and master’s of social work degree, and, nursing, biology, geology, mathematics, higher education, sociology and master’s in foreign languages including Slavic, Russian, French and German. The Carroll School also offers a degree that is important to its culture: an MBA and master’s in pastoral ministry.

The reason for offering such a broad range of combination degrees is because employers are looking for individuals with a greater depth of knowledge in their functional area or industry, in addition to an MBA, says Carroll School Associate Dean; Jeffery L. Ringuest. “An additional master’s degree which is typically at least ten courses provides more depth than a specialization which is six courses,” he says.

The new dual degree is rare. According to the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, [ACSP] only one institution, Columbia University, offers a joint master of science in urban planning and MBA. Unlike schools such as Yale, Rutgers, Michigan, Arizona, or UCLA that offer joint environment and business programs within the institution, a dual program across schools offers students the ability to capitalize on the strengths of two nationally recognized programs.

This dual degree program offers two institutions the chance to collaborate with minimal burden to either school’s faculty, staff, or facilities. Students interested in the degree will be seeking management skills to implement initiatives in urban environmental policy and planning roles. This degree will also attract business students interested in social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

The Carroll School doesn't anticipate more than a couple of students enrolling in the first year and hopes to attract four next year.  This raises another interesting quirk about the dual degree MBA programs — they attract few students but always quality ones. Marilyn Eckelman is the Director of Graduate Management Career Strategies at the Carroll School of Management. She says typically each dual MBA program attracts less than five students annually. However, each graduate goes on to a great career.

For instance, those students pursuing the JD MBA typically pursue careers in law. Those pursuing an MBA and a master’s in mathematics typically do a Ph.D. in mathematics and then teach – either at high schools or in academia. The MBA and master’s in social work, once partnered with some work experience, well-qualifies someone to be a business manager at a nursing home.  The MBA and master’s in finance is the most popular dual MBA program at the Carroll School and these students typically remain in finance, she says. "Our finance faculty is second to none. This could be a real home run for the student.”