Dual Degree Opportunities : Information

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and the School of Information (SI) offer a dual degree program that enables qualified students to pursue concurrent work in business and information, leading to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Master of Science in Information (MSI) degrees.

The program is arranged so that all requirements for both degrees are completed in three years of enrollment. The degrees are awarded simultaneously. Students enrolled in the first year of either program may apply.

Students admitted to this dual degree program must satisfy the following 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;

    • MBA Communication Requirement.

2) All requirements for the MSI plus UMSI electives totaling 32 SI credits, which includes:

  • Mastery course (3 credits) or master’s thesis (6 credits)

  • UMSI Internship Program (6 credits)

  • Elective credits to reach 32 total SI credits

Students should note that mastery courses have a series of prerequisite courses that must be taken in advance of the mastery course and require advanced planning.

The total credit hours for the dual degree must be at least 77.

Students admitted to the combined program are required to complete the first year courses at one school during the first year, and to complete the first year courses at the other school in the second year. The purpose of this is to give students some coherence in their programs and gain a sense of belonging to a community. Students may begin at either school. Each school will apply its own deferred admission standards to students who elect to take the first year in the other school.  During the third year of the program, students are permitted to elect courses in either school, as they are in the earlier years if they place out of “core or foundation” courses. Students are generally not restricted in their choices beyond fulfilling the requirements listed.

Applicants interested in the dual degree program must gain separate and independent admission to both the School of Information and the Business School.