Dec 01, 2023
The mission of the Dual Degree MS in Systems Engineering/MBA program is to educate working engineers and scientists in the engineering and business disciplines that will make them leaders of highly complex technical endeavors within their sponsoring organizations.
The dual degree MS/MBA program confers two degrees upon its graduates: an MBA and an MS in Systems Engineering. Taking the dual degree program saves the student several courses compared to the two programs taken separately.
The dual-degree program is designed to be completed in approximately three years. Typically, the Systems Engineering classes are completed first, followed by taking the required classes in the MBA program.
For the Systems Engineering M.S.:
- Apply the fundamental principles of systems engineering to complex problems
- Become leaders of innovative technology projects and business
- Develop multidisciplinary skills to architect, design, and manage complex systems throughout their life cycle
- Apply principles of project management and lean engineering to improve operational efficiency
- Develop technical skills to model, analyze, and design integrated engineering systems
For the M.B.A.:
- Possess the knowledge and skills to be able to apply key business concepts in organizational settings.
- Possess the knowledge and skills to manage in a global economy
- Possess critical thinking skills and the ability to integrate concepts.
- Have the ability to communicate effectively.
- Have the knowledge and skills to function effectively as members, managers, and leaders in the organizations in which they are employed.
- Be able to incorporate ethical reasoning, social responsibility, and sustainability in making decisions in their organizations.
Graduates will be able to incorporate ethical reasoning, social responsibility, and sustainability in making decisions in their organizations.
Both the MBA Program in the College of Business Administration and the MS in Systems Engineering Program in the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering must accept students applying to the dual degree program for admission. Prospective dual degree students should apply first to the MS in Systems Engineering degree program. After receiving admission to the MS in Systems Engineering degree program and completing 12 semester hours towards the MS degree, students interested in the MS/MBA Dual Degree program should contact the Associate Director of Academic Affairs, Graduate Business Programs for admission to the MBA portion of the Dual Degree.
Eligibility for the dual degree program is based upon good academic standing (minimum GPA 3.0) in the MS in Systems Engineering program and approval from their respective Seaver College academic advisor. The preferred start term for the MBA portion of the Dual Degree program is the fall term.
(60 Semester Hours)
Students enrolled in the Dual Degree MS/MBA Program are jointly advised by their academic advisor for Systems Engineering in Seaver College and the MBA Program Director in the College of Business Administration. It is recommended that incoming students take 12 semester hours of Systems Engineering courses per fall and spring semester and complete the MS in year one of the dual-degree program, then begin the MBA curriculum in year two.
Dual degree students will take a total of 24 semester hours of Systems Engineering courses and 36 semester hours of MBA courses. 15 semester hours from the Systems Engineering courses will also count towards the emphasis/ concentration requirement for the MBA degree. 6 semester hours of the MBA courses that are taken as part of the MBA coursework will also count toward the MS in Systems Engineering. Separately, the MS degree requires 30 semester hours and the MBA degree requires 51 semester hours, for a total of 81 semester hours. The Dual Degree program lessens the load by 21 (15+6) semester hours.
The overall minimum GPA required for graduation is 3.0. Students who receive a grade of less than “B” in any 500-level course or a grade of less than “C” in any 600-level course will not have the course count toward their degree.
When the course requirements outlined below are completed, the student should submit an application for degree to be awarded both the MBA and the MS in Systems Engineering.
Suggested Curriculum Flowchart for the MS in Systems Engineering/MBA Dual Degree Program
Year 1 (Summer, Fall, and Spring)
Completion of three of the following core Systems Engineering online courses (9 semester hours):
Completion of three of the following core Engineering Project Management courses (9 semester hours):
Completion of technical electives, depending on the technical focus area, to be selected from the following:
Systems Engineering coursework may only be substituted upon obtaining approval from the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering Dean’s Office.
Fall Semester - 12 semester hours
Spring Semester -12 semester hours
Summer Session - 6 semester hours
- Business & Society Core 3 semester hours
- MBA Elective 3 semester hours
Spring Semester - 3 semester hours
Summer Session - 3 semester hours
36 semester hours + 15 semester hours from MS in Systems Engineering, satisfying the MBA degree requirement of 51 semester hours