The Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Dual MBA and MA in Sustainable International Development

This is a dual degree

Students in dual degree programs fulfill the complete requirements for each degree, earning degrees for both programs.

This is not a joint degree. Joint degree programs are created by special agreement between programs, allowing students to fulfill a modified set of requirements. Please note that students in joint degree programs earn only one degree.

Program Description

The dual MBA/MA is an intensive two-year program that requires 82 credit hours (52 credits in the MBA program and 30 credits in the MA-SID program) taken over a minimum of five semesters, as well as an MBA Team Consulting Project (TCP), an SID Master's Paper, and an SID Capstone Presentation. The course of study is dependent upon each student’s entrance status into the Heller School. The formula presented below is an example of a plan of study.


First Year

Fall (18 credits)

Spring (18 credits)

Summer (16 credits)

Second Year

Fall (18 credits)

Spring (12 credits)

  • Applied Economics (2 credits)
  • SID Electives (6 credits)

Krista Acosta, MBA/MA SID'20, explains why she chose the Heller School's unique dual degree program in Sustainable International Development and Social Impact MBA.