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Combined Master’s-Doctoral Degree Programs Gaining Popularity



By Chris Hassan
Posted October 11, 2011 04:07 PM

At some schools, students can pursue master's and doctoral degrees simultaneously.
At some schools, students can pursue master's and doctoral degrees simultaneously.
Although some students prefer to focus on one degree at a time, there are schools that allow individuals to work towards earning a master's and a doctorate simultaneously.

For example, at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Social Work, students can enroll in a program that allows them to earn both their Master of Social Work and their Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work at the same time, according to the institution's website. This same academic option is available to those who enroll in the University of Houston's Graduate College of Social Work, the school's website stated.

Now, Brown University's Graduate School is the latest institution to provide students with the chance to earn both a master's and a doctoral degree through the university's new Open Graduate Programs, according to a press release.

This six-year pilot program, which is made possible through a $2 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will allow 24 doctoral students from the humanities or humanistic social sciences department to work towards a master's degree in a separate discipline at the same time. The track's first cohort is set to begin during the 2012-2013 school year.

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