Dual Degree Opportunities : Industrial and Operations

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering within the Rackham School of Graduate Studies offer a dual degree program enabling a small number of qualified persons to pursue concurrent work in business administration and industrial and operations engineering studies leading to the MBA and MS degrees.

The program is arranged so that all requirements for both degrees are completed in roughly two and one-half years of enrollment. The degrees are awarded simultaneously.

This combined degree program is not open to students who have previously earned either the MBA or MS (IOE) degrees. Students registered in the first year of either program may apply.

Students admitted to this dual degree program must satisfy the following degree requirements:

1) The MBA 57 credit hour degree program including:

  • 45 Business Administration Credits, made up of:

    • Roughly 30 credit hours of MBA core (no credit is awarded for Business Administration core courses successfully waived; credit must be earned with Business electives);

    • Roughly 15 elective hours in Business Administration (12 of the 15 must be approved by IOE);

    • MBA Communication Requirement.

2) 18 hours of graduate level IOE courses, including at least eight credit hours in courses numbered 500 or above (at least 12 of which must be in courses numbered 500 or above). 

3) A 2 credit independent study in IOE or the Business School which would lead to a paper integrating business and IOE perspectives on a particular area of interest.

The total credit hours for the dual degree program must be at least 65.

The dual program may begin with studies in either school. However, because of the sequenced nature of core courses in the MBA program, most students will find it advantageous to start with year one in the Business School. During years two and three, courses may be taken in both schools. Students who wish to begin with Industrial and Operations Engineering Studies should see a counselor in the Business School to arrange an appropriate plan of study. No course work completed prior to admission in either of the two halves of the dual program may be counted toward the MBA requirements of the dual program.

Students interested in the MBA/MS combined program must file separate applications to and be admitted by both schools. Students must indicate on both applications that they are applying for this specific dual degree program.

For basic information on the Dual MBA/MS(IOE) Degree program, please visit the Industrial and Operations Engineering web site at: http://ioe.engin.umich.edu/degrees/grad/ or https://ioe.engin.umich.edu/graduate/combined-graduate-programs/