The College of Business and Innovation, in conjunction with the College of Engineering, offers a program whereby a student may earn a Bachelor of Science in Engineering or Engineering Technology and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.). This program provides a unique opportunity to combine business and engineering skills to prepare graduates for global competitiveness and supports the mission to prepare corporate leaders for the future. The program should be particularly attractive to students who want to start their own company or who simply want to develop an appreciation for how engineering and business complement each other.
This program will allow engineering students in their final two semesters of study to begin taking M.B.A. courses while completing their B.S. degree program. Students with senior standing may be formally admitted into the M.B.A. program and can complete the M.B.A. at the end of six years of study. The business undergraduate prerequisites can be satisfied as part of the undergraduate curriculum.
To be admitted to the program, students must have senior standing, score a minimum of 450 on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) and have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Students also must have completed the requirements for the business minor. The business minor courses should be chosen carefully however, as not all business minor courses can be used towards the M.B.A. The six business courses listed in the business minor section plus MIME 2600 or ECON 1150 and ECON 1200 satisfy the basic core prerequisite requirement for the M.B.A. program for engineering students.
Students who wish to pursue the program should inform the associate dean of undergraduate studies in the College of Engineering during their junior year and complete the GMAT by the end of their junior year. Students should submit completed application materials to the Graduate School for admission to the M.B.A. program before the fall semester of their senior year.
Upon admission to the program by the Graduate School and the College of Business and Innovation, students will be classified as special provisional graduate students so that they may take graduate courses while completing the Bachelor of Science degree requirements. Students’ special status must be tracked by the M.B.A. office to assure AACSB compliance. Also, the Bachelor of Science in Engineering or Engineering Technology must be granted in a semester prior to graduating with the M.B.A.
To satisfy the requirements for the M.B.A., students must complete all of the core and elective required courses in the M.B.A. program. By choosing the correct courses, this may be accomplished with six undergraduate and eleven graduate-level business courses.
Normally, the Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree programs (with co-op) require five years, and the M.B.A. would require an additional two years. It is anticipated that by enrolling in the two programs simultaneously, a total of six years will be required for completion of both degrees. Similarly, for Engineering Technology students, the degree program normally requires four years, and the M.B.A. program would require an additional two years. It is anticipated that by enrolling in the two programs simultaneously, a total of five and one half years will be required for completion of both degrees.