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Penn Dental Medicine’s New Dual-Degree with Wharton

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December 20, 2011, Volume 58, No. 16

Building on its interdisciplinary offerings, Penn Dental Medicine has established a new dual-degree program with the Wharton School adding a DMD/MBA to its dual-degree options. The new program will enable select students to earn their DMD and MBA in five and a half years.

“With all of Penn’s professional and graduate schools on a unified campus, it creates a tremendous opportunity to build interdisciplinary programs for our students,” said Dr. Uri Hangorsky, associate dean for academic affairs at Penn Dental Medicine. “We are seeing growing interest among our dental students in an MBA program and are pleased to have joined with Wharton to develop this program.”

With the addition of the MBA, there are now five dual-degree options for Penn Dental Medicine DMD students—the others include a master of bioethics and master of public health with Penn’s School of Medicine; a master of science in bioengineering with the School of Engineering and Applied Science; and a master of education with the Graduate School of Education. There is a limited number of spaces each year available for Penn Dental Medicine students to enter one of the five dual-degree programs.

Interested DMD students apply to the dual-degree program during their first year of dental school. A competitive application process, students must first apply through the School’s Office of Academic Affairs, and if recommended for a program by the Penn Dental Medicine Dual-Degree  Admissions Committee, they then must apply to the respective Master’s program, each with its own admissions criteria. The MBA program will be an option for Penn Dental Medicine dual-degree applicants beginning in January 2012.

Related: Penn Dental Medicine's DScD Degree Option

Almanac - December 20, 2011, Volume 58, No. 16