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Kaelyn Griffin: Hello, my name is Kaelyn Griffin and I am a second year MS / MBA student at Harvard Business School. In this video, I wanted to talk a bit more about how I view the MS / MBA program and why I decided to enroll.
In fact, I applied to the standard MBA program here at Harvard Business School via the 2 + 2 program when I was still in undergrad. Basically what happened was that I was given the opportunity to apply for a place in a subsequent course here at Harvard Business School, having completed two to four years of work experience in the real world. I applied and was accepted as a standard MBA. But while I was working they brought out this MS / MBA program which is a two year joint degree program with the engineering school and it is a Master of Science of Engineering Sciences as well as an MBA. So I decided to apply! And I was admitted. And I’m in the second cohort of this program, so it’s still really new.
Class sizes are also quite small. Each cohort currently has around 30 people, slightly less in the third cohort because of COVID. But it is a very tight-knit cohort. We all come from technical backgrounds, most of us are engineers. We all connect at some level because we all had better stay a little technical, but we also came back to school. We came to get an MBA. We all have high ambitions for ourselves and high hopes for what we might do in the future.
I think one of the things that makes our program unique is the emphasis on entrepreneurship. From what I’ve heard from some other MS / MBA programs, our program – through different speakers, through projects or courses that we have to take – is much more focused on starting our own startups or on the possibility of joining startups that tend to have a more technical orientation for them. And it can be both software and hardware. I think one of the hopes of the program is that once we graduate we will be equipped to be technical leaders who can go to different companies or start different companies that can work on difficult technical issues, and be able to make a difference. real difference in the world because we have the experience that we have. And I think it’s really interesting. I think this is something the program is still learning to do to the best of its ability.
Because it is still so early, there is still a lot to learn about what projects are working, and what is the best use of our time when it comes to being able to network rather than being able to work on projects. projects. And I think that’s another big plus of the program right now, because it’s so new, they take a lot of our feedback to heart. So I hope to hear a bit of my take on what went right and some of the challenges of the MS / MBA program are interesting and useful, especially if you are considering applying.
I really think it has been a great experience both for the types of people I have met, the types of networking opportunities that have been offered to me and the skills that I have gained through the program and that I might not have acquired. through a simple standard MBA program. I think even if you change careers and decide not to stay in a technical field, a lot of things that we learn and a lot of speakers that we have been introduced with always give you a new kind of mindset. and a new set of skills that will come in handy in any direction you decide to take in your career.
If you are considering applying, I would definitely encourage it. And I wish you good luck. Thank you.
Learn more about the joint MS / MBA in Engineering Science program here.