Sep 25, 2023  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2020-2021 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dual M.S. in Computer Science/Master of Business Administration

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The mission of the Dual Degree MS in Computer Science / MBA program is to educate working professionals in the computer-science and business disciplines that will make them leaders of complex technical endeavors within their sponsoring organizations.

The dual degree MS/MBA program will confer two degrees upon its graduates: an MBA and an MS in Computer Science. Taking the dual degree program saves the student several courses compared to the two programs taken separately. Students may also obtain either the MS in Computer Science degree or the MBA degree as stand-alone by fulfilling the individual degree requirements.

The dual degree program is designed to be completed in approximately three years. Typically, computer-science classes are completed first, followed by taking the required classes in the MBA program.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs), Student Outcomes (SOs), and Learning Outcomes (LOs)

The PEOs and SOs of the MS degree and the LOs of the MBA degree are the same as those of the stand-alone degrees.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission should have completed an undergraduate program in computer science, mathematics, or other closely related field. Additional coursework may be recommended or required as a condition of admission for applicants that have not completed an undergraduate program in computer science.

Each of the two programs, MBA and MS in Computer Science, will review applications to the dual-degree program, and admission to the dual degree program will be granted only when each individual program recommends admission. Applicants who do not qualify for the dual-degree program must apply separately to the single degree program of interest.

Prospective students need to submit only one application to the LMU Graduate Division. Applicants must submit:

  • Application fee
  • GMAT or GRE score for admission into the College of Business Administration. The GMAT/GRE waiver policy and school codes are listed in the MBA program website.
  • Transcript documenting the Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better, and transcripts from every college or university attended, whether or not a degree was earned
  • Resume
  • Personal statement discussing how the dual degree program supports the applicant’s professional development
  • (Optional) Two letters of recommendation
  • Two years of full-time work experience is preferred

Graduation Requirements

Students enrolled in the Dual Degree MS/MBA Program are jointly advised by the program directors of the MS in Computer Science and MBA programs. Students can begin the dual degree program in any semester. It is recommended that incoming students take a full course load of computer-science courses the first year and begin the MBA curriculum in year two. Additional computer-science courses can be completed in year three.

Students need to complete 36 units of MBA courses (i.e., MBA curriculum without emphasis/specialization) and 24 units of computer-science courses (i.e., the MS in Computer Science curriculum without 6 units of elective courses) with a cumulative grade point average of at least B (3.0). Therefore, students need to complete a total of 60 units to graduate. 15 units of computer-science courses will be used to satisfy the emphasis/concentration requirement of the MBA degree. 6 units of MBA courses will be used to satisfy elective requirements of the MS degree. Of the computer-science coursework, 15 units must be completed at the 600-level, and courses at the 500-level must be completed with a grade of B (3.0) or better.

When the course requirements outlined above are completed, the student will be awarded both the MBA degree and the MS degree in Computer Science.

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