Philadelphia — Building on its interdisciplinary offerings, Penn Dental Medicine has established a new dual-degree program with Wharton, adding a DMD/MBA to its dual-degree options. The new program will enable select students to earn their DMD and MBA in 5 1/2 years, and will be an option for Penn Dental Medicine dual-degree applicants beginning in January 2012.
“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,” says 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 are 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 programs 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.
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