How Financial Aid for Joint Degree Programs Works

Financial Aid for Joint Degree Programs: Author’s Note

When I was in college in the mid-1970s, just earning an undergraduate degree in a single field seemed to me like an awesome achievement. But after I graduated with a BA in journalism and started working and gaining some experience in the real world, I started to see how one area of expertise flows naturally into another. Having specialized knowledge in two complementary fields can really expand a person's career possibilities and the potential to have a real impact in the world, because it enables a person to approach a problem from two different dimensions. In researching this article, I was surprised to see how much joint degree programs have grown in number and diversity over the past several decades. Stanford University's highly regarded law school, for example, offers 27 different joint degrees, many of which combine legal training with expertise in cutting-edge scientific fields.


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