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Joint-Degree Options

Penn State offers three joint-degree opportunities in conjunction with the Penn State Smeal MBA Program.


Earn a law degree from Penn State Law, located at either the University Park campus or in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. This is a four-year program in which students typically begin the first year of study in law followed by a year in the MBA program. Year three is a combined year of study between the JD and MBA programs. Year four concludes the joint program with the final law classes. Students must apply to and be accepted to each program independently to pursue the joint degree. Law classes may be taken at University Park or Carlisle with MBA classes offered at University Park only.

Current MBAs in the JD/MBA Program


Joint Degree MBA StudentAndrew Fillmore
Class of 2015

Andrew is a 2009 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where he received a bachelor of science degree in business administration with concentrations in management and marketing.  After graduating, he returned to his family’s business, a leading sand and aggregate supplier in New Hampshire, where he worked into a managerial operations role. Upon completion of his first year at Penn State Law, Andrew worked as a summer law clerk at the Hillsborough County Superior Court in New Hampshire, where he drafted judicial orders for multiple judges. He currently serves as the inter-school relations chair for the Student Bar Association and social chair for the John Reed Inn Chapter of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society. Andrew has also accepted an associate editor position with the Penn State Law Yearbook on Arbitration and Mediation. Andrew plans to use both the JD and the MBA to pursue a career in corporate law where he hopes to one day serve as in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 corporation.

Joint Degree MBA StudentElizabeth Robinson
Class of 2015

Beth graduated in 2011 from the University of Michigan with a degree in economics and political science. Immediately after graduation, she enrolled in the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. Upon realizing that a deeper understanding of business would be helpful in her career, Beth joined the JD/MBA program. She hopes to find a field where she can utilize both of her degrees. In the past, she has interned with the Detroit Prosecutor's Office and the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Joint Degree MBA StudentFrank Sourbeer
Class of 2015

Frank is a 2008 graduate of Lehigh University where he majored in supply chain management. After graduation, Frank moved to Boston to work for Anheuser-Busch InBev where he worked in various capacities including marketing, operations, and sales. After completing his first year of law school, Frank held a brief internship with the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. While broadening his career options, Frank firmly believes that the joint graduate degree program will prepare him for long-term success in the business world.

Portrait of Stephen AshurstStephen Ashurst
Class of 2016

Stephen is a 2012 graduate of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he received a degree in history. Immediately following graduation, he enrolled at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law.  Upon completion of his first year, Stephen worked as a summer intern at North Penn Legal Services, where he aided in representing low income individuals in custody, divorce, credit collection, disability, and landlord tenant matters. Stephen has also served as an associate editor for the Penn State Journal of Law and International Affairs. Stephen plans to use both the JD and the MBA to pursue a career in corporate law.

Portrait of Alyssa LooneyAlyssa Looney
Class of 2016

Alyssa is a 2012 graduate of Texas A&M University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in agribusiness with a minor in German, minor in economics, and certificate in international trade and agriculture.  Immediately upon graduation, Alyssa decided to pursue a law degree at Penn State Dickinson School of Law because of the school's opportunities in agricultural and energy law.  After her first year of law school, Alyssa interned under the general counsel for the Texas Department of Agriculture.  She interned in the land department at Chesapeake Energy in Oklahoma City after her second year of law school.  Alyssa hopes to combine both of her degrees in order to work in a government or corporate law capacity in the agriculture or oil and gas industries.

Portrait of Matt ReganMatthew Regan
Class of 2016

Matt is pursuing a JD/MBA in order to prepare for a career practicing corporate law. He is interested in M&A, business planning, and financing matters. At Penn State Dickinson School of Law, he is a senior editor of the law review, and is concentrating in business law and intellectual property. At Smeal, he is concentrating in finance and entrepreneurship. Matt has a wide range of diverse professional experience through internships, including working with boutique Boston law firms, a global investment management company, and the Singapore office of one of the world's largest international law firms—Baker & McKenzie. Most recently, Matt interned with the Legal & Business Affairs Team at DreamWorks Animation in California. He is a 2012 graduate of Northeastern University, where he graduated magna cum laude with a BS in criminology.


The Medical Degree/Master of Business Administration (MD/MBA) joint degree is designed to fulfill a growing demand in managers and leaders who understand both the scientific part of an industry and the business models driving that industry. The joint degree provides highly motivated students the opportunity to combine a medical degree from the Penn State College of Medicine with an MBA Smeal. Candidates must apply to and meet admission requirements for both the College of Medicine and Smeal separately. Students already enrolled in the MD program may apply to the MD/MBA during the first three years of study by applying for admission to Smeal.

Current MBAs in the MD/MBA Program

Joint Degree MBA StudentAlison Thompson
Class of 2015

Alison graduated from Wittenberg University in 2010 with degrees in biology and chemistry. With her strong science background and passion for helping others, she elected to pursue a career as a physician and enrolled at the Penn State College of Medicine. As she recognized her evolving career ambitions in her third year of medical school, Alison decided that a MBA would greatly enhance her knowledge and skill set in order to achieve her future goals. The Penn State Smeal College of Business was a clear choice. She hopes to gain a foundation in business fundamentals and looks forward to seeing how the "other side of medicine" operates. Overall, she believes the MD/MBA dual degree program at Penn State provides an opportunity to augment her development as a future leader in the medical field and to focus on the business aspects of medicine that get little exposure during the four years of medical school.

Portrait of Michael AbendrothMichael Abendroth
Class of 2016

Michael graduated from Dartmouth College in 2011 with a degree in Human Biology. He chose Penn State College of Medicine for its exceptional faculty and strong sense of community. He quickly grew an appreciation for hospital operations and strategic leadership, and realized that an MBA would be invaluable. He chose Smeal for the same distinguished faculty and close-knit community that originally drew him to Penn State. He ultimately hopes to integrate his medical and business backgrounds through academic administration or private practice.

Portrait of Chris KalmarChristopher Kalmar
Class of 2016

Chris graduated from the University of Virginia in 2010 with High Distinction in Neuroscience.  He has been focused on a career in Surgery and has a passion for ethics and education.  After completing his surgical residency, he hopes to be involved with leadership in academic medicine.  He is excited to pursue an MD/MBA degree to be an asset in harnessing the collaborative potential of his future surgical team and medical institution, as well as capitalizing on financial prospects to further advance surgical innovation and patient care.

Portrait of Ali KhakuAliasgher Khaku
Class of 2016

Aliasgher Khaku, who is currently a 4th year in the Penn State M.D. / M.B.A. joint degree program. Aliasgher, or as he is more commonly known as “Ali,” was born in London, Ontario and was raised in Allentown, PA. He majored in Biochemistry at Temple University, where he graduated in 2010 with Distinctions.
Ali is very active and involved within the college and the community. He has served as President for the Class of 2015 for the past three years and will begin his MBA year in August 2014. He also served a term as the Vice-President of the Penn State Student Assembly, which is the largest governing body at the College of Medicine (incorporating all four medical classes, the graduate student body, and nursing student body). During his 1st three years in medical school he realized fully caring for a patient not only involved understanding the biological, molecular, and pathologic basis for disease but also involved an understanding of hospital policies, regulations, and the cost of health care. Ali decided that a MBA would greatly enhance his knowledge and skill set in order to achieve these future goals. The Penn State Smeal College of Business was an obvious choice to help him fulfill his goals.
He will be applying to a surgical residency and wishes to pursue a career in academic medicine with research interests in education and surgical outcomes.

Portrait of Christopher OtteniChristopher Otteni
Class of 2016

Christopher originally from Raleigh, NC graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2008 with a degree in Information Science and Technology.  Upon graduation, Christopher worked as an IT Consultant for KPMG LLP in Charlotte, NC. Christopher eventually decided to pursue other endeavors and enter the field of medicine, leaving KPMG to attend medical school at The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, PA. Christopher recognizes the need for physicians with strong business acumen in addition to the wealth of opportunities that comes along with this unique skill set. With completion of the MD/MBA, Christopher hopes to become involved in hospital administration as well as electronic medical record implementation and development, as he hopes to be positioned to provide insight into medicine, business and technology.

Portrait of Peggy SchwartzPeggy Schwarz
Class of 2016

Peggy is a 2010 graduate of Penn State, where she majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and minored in History. Following graduation, she worked for one year in an Emergency Department in Wilkes Barre, PA, where she helped physicians record patient information. She then matriculated at the Penn State College of Medicine.  Her previous work experience prompted her to pursue an MD/MBA degree from the newly minted joint program offered by Penn State. She hopes this joint degree will allow her to provide additional patient care at a variety of levels.

Science BS/MBA

Earn an undergraduate degree in science from the Penn State Eberly College of Science and then pair it with a Smeal MBA. The joint-degree program prepares highly qualified and motivated students to be the future leaders of the world's scientific organizations. Students apply to the Eberly BS degree program during their last year of high school and then to the MBA program during their final year of the undergraduate portion of the science program. Science BS/MBA students have the option of completing both degrees in either five or six years, depending on how they tailor their course of study and co-op experiences.

Current MBAs in the BS/MBA Program

Joint Degree MBA StudentThomas Clarke
Class of 2015
Why Thomas chose the Science BS/MBA Program:
“The Science BS/MBA Program has afforded me the unique opportunity to combine my interests in both statistics and business. I believe the science and statistics foundation complements the MBA and provides me with the analytical, problem solving, and business skills needed throughout all industries. The required internships and co-ops also gives us the real world, professional experience needed to remain competitive in today’s challenging job market.”

Joint Degree MBA StudentJessica Cunning
Class of 2015
Why Jessica chose the Science BS/MBA Program:
"The BS/MBA program has provided me with the opportunity to advance my business and science education simultaneously, which is something invaluable to me as I strive to work in the healthcare industry. Because of this program, I will have the leeway and educational tools to explore careers in multiple fields, ranging from starting a business or medical practice to being the CEO of a pharmaceutical company. I believe that this program will be extremely beneficial in developing my leadership skills and preparing me for my future career."

Joint Degree MBA StudentDavid DeFelice
Class of 2015
Why David chose the Science BS/MBA Program:
"I have always had a passion for exploring and understanding the world around me. At the same time, I enjoy working with people to solve complex problems with a tangible impact. Ultimately, I realized a career in business with a scientific focus was the best way to blend both of my interests into a focused plan for my future. The BS/MBA program has aided me by providing opportunities to accelerate my education, receive relevant internship and co-op experiences, and gain access to an incredible network and community of mentors."

Joint Degree MBA StudentJeannie Estock
Class of 2015
Why Jeannie chose the Science BS/MBA Program:
“I chose the Science BS/MBA Program because it allowed me to pursue my interests in biology and combine them with a degree in business administration. With its knowledgeable staff, the BS/MBA Program has put me in touch with multiple career opportunities with Bristol-Myers Squibb and KCF Technologies. This program has given me the tools necessary to be competitive in the job market.”


Joint Degree MBA Student

Peter Greensmith
Class of 2015
Why Peter chose the Science BS/MBA Program:
"I decided on the BS/MBA program at Penn State because I had a strong interest in both science and business coming into school. The program allowed for greater flexibility in what I wished to study and really has opened doors that I wouldn't have recognized without the resources available to us in the BS/MBA community. I feel that the educational foundation provided by this program has really prepared me for a promising career path moving forward."

Joint Degree MBA StudentDrew Rattigan
Class of 2015
Why Drew chose the Science BS/MBA Program:
“I chose the BS/MBA program because I had a passion for science throughout high school, but I knew that research and medicine related careers weren’t the right fit for me. This program has allowed me to incorporate my passion for science with my interest in business.  The BS/MBA program has provided me with a well-rounded education as well as the necessary tools and resources to make me a competitive candidate in the pharmaceutical job market upon graduation.”

Portrait of Victor CottonVictor Cotton
Class of 2016
Why Victor chose the Science BS/MBA Program:
"I chose the BS/MBA program because it allows me to merge my passion for chemistry with my desire to enter the business world. Combining these different viewpoints will place me in a competitive position where I can leverage my analytical skills toward a career in healthcare management. The co-op experiences in the BS/MBA program have allowed me to practice these analytical skills in a hospital environment, uniquely preparing me for a healthcare career."

Portrait of Mark JoanowMark Joanow
Class of 2016
Why Mark chose the Science BS/MBA Program:
"I chose the Science BS/MBA because it was an amazing opportunity to combine my love for science and business. This program through its vast resources and unbelievable advisers has allowed me to meet very influential people from numerous science based industries, as well as allowing me to leverage my technical background to land a co-op in the pharmaceutical industry. The value that this program has given me is priceless and has propelled me for a career in the healthcare/pharmaceutical industries."

Portrait of Matthew LeeMatthew Lee
Class of 2016
Why Matthew chose the Science BS/MBA Program:
"I chose the Science BS/MBA program because it put me on a fast track to pursue both a science and business degree. Ultimately, I am interested in working in the healthcare field. I am confident that this unique program will give me a great foundation for a successful career in healthcare and will provide me with the tools to make a difference in the challenging healthcare industry we face today. I am honored to be a part of such a great program at an amazing university like Penn State."

Portrait of Alex MurdochAlex Murdoch
Class of 2016
Why Alex chose the Science BS/MBA Program:
"I chose the BS/MBA program for the future prospective it had as well as the doors that it opened up. Very quickly, I realized I was in a unique program when I was attending symposiums with former and current presidents and CEOs of major companies within the pharmaceutical industry. This degree opportunity really allowed me to see the true application of the sciences beyond just research and gave me the opportunities to meet important people in those industries. Moreover, the program allowed me to thrive amongst a close-knit , ambitious yet collaborative group of peers."

Portrait of Cory RundleCory Rundle
Class of 2016
Why Cory chose the Science BS/MBA Program: "
I chose the BS/MBA program because it gave me the ability to balance my passion for science and my desire to work in business.  I have been able to achieve that balance through rigorous coursework in the undergraduate science-dedicated portion and through several internships and Co Ops."


Portrait of Ritu Saxena

Ritu Saxena
Class of 2016
Why Ritu chose the Science BS/MBA Program:
"I chose the BS/MBA program because coming from a family with a heavy background in the pharmaceutical industry; my natural love has always been science. However from a very young age, I knew I did not want my career to be confined to the four walls of a lab. This program solved that issue by allowing me to get a background in science, and then an MBA. Thus, I could pursue a career in management in the pharmaceutical industry, combining both passions."

Portrait of Danielle SchleigDanielle Schleig
Class of 2016
Why Danielle chose the Science BS/MBA Program:
“As a person with many varied interests, the BS/MBA program gives me the unique opportunity to explore my passions for both science and business and has helped to provide me with valuable opportunities outside the classroom. I believe the technical and business skills I’ve learned throughout this program allow me to be competitive in the job market and combine my interests perfectly to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry.”

In the News: "There's a huge value in teamwork in medicine, and learning the science of teams and how they work has been incredibly enlightening. Also, learning and thinking about leadership issues from a business perspective has provided me a completely different way of thinking." --Alison Thompson, Class of 2015, Penn State Smeal MBA Program