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Gaining Well-Rounded Expertise Through a Dual Degree

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Andrew Ho
Strategic Studies
Johns Hopkins SAIS MA/Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth MBA ‘21

Andrew applied to Johns Hopkins SAIS for its academic reputation and advantageous location in Washington, DC. Based on the career outcomes of his former college roommates who had attended the school, Andrew was confident that Johns Hopkins SAIS would provide the skills and opportunities to pivot toward his next career. 

Prior to attending SAIS, Andrew was an Army officer in the 82nd Airborne Division based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In addition to being a platoon leader and a company executive officer, he was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan for six months where he advised the Afghan National Police on logistics and supply chain management. His experiences in Afghanistan were transformative for better understanding the relationship between effective governance, economic development, and international security.

Having completed his first year at Johns Hopkins SAIS, Andrew will spend next year pursuing an MBA at the Tuck School of Business and then split his final year of studies between the two schools. This year, Andrew served as an elected representative with the Student Government Association (SGA), was a teaching assistant for an economics course, and interned with the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes (TFFC).

Andrew has been impressed with both the diversity of the student community and the employers that recruit on campus. He believes that the experiences shared among the students and the faculty create an engaging and dynamic learning experience. 

Through his degrees at Johns Hopkins SAIS and Dartmouth Andrew hopes to eventually pursue a career focused on enhancing global security and economic sustainability by driving public-private partnerships.