Dual Degree Opportunities : Manufacturing Engineering

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and the College of Engineering’s Manufacturing Engineering offer a dual degree program enabling qualified persons to pursue concurrent work in business administration and manufacturing engineering leading to the MBA and MEM degrees.

American manufacturers, facing global competition, have discovered that technical and business concerns are virtually inseparable. Consequently, there is an acute need for broadly trained professionals with skills in both business and engineering.  Please note that students must begin this dual degree program at the Ross School of Business in order to complete the requirements for obtaining the dual degree.

Students enrolled in the program are expected to complete the following course work requirements:

1) An MBA degree requires 57 credit hour degree program including:

  • 45 Business Administration Credits, made up of:

    • Roughly 30 credit hour 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 (9 of the 15 must be approved by MEM;

    • MBA Communication Requirement

2) A Manufacturing Engineering degree requires 30 credit hour degree program including:

(Link to Detailed Manufacturing Engineering Curriculum Information)

Manufacturing Engineering Core:

  • 9 Credits – Letter Graded (A-E) – Minimum of 9 credit-hours from selected concentration – typically three courses at 3 credits per course

Concentrations Areas:

  • Production Systems and Quality Engineering

  • Manufacturing Design and Sustainability

  • Advanced Materials and Manufacturing


  • Industry Safety, Health and Ecology

Engineering Electives:

  • 6 Credits – Letter Graded (A-E) – Minimum of 6 credit-hours may come from the list of Engineering Electives and/or from Engineering Concentrations – typically 2 courses at 3 credits per course.

Business Operations and Management:

  • 9 Credits – Letter Graded (A-E) – Minimum of 9 credit-hours (3 courses at 3 credits per course) from the Business Operations and Management course selection.  Select courses from three of the following Business Operations and Management categories:

  • Accounting and Finance

  • Business and Data Analytics

  • Entrepreneur

  • Marketing and Strategy

  • Systems and Engineering Management

Required Courses:

  • 6 Credits

    • MFG 502 Manufacturing Systems Design – 3 credits – Letter Graded (A-E)

    • MFG 503 Project – 3 credits – Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U)

Or, For Full-time Tauber Institute for Global Operations Students Only

  • TO 701/MFG 501 Topics in Global Operations – 1.5 credits – Letter Graded (A-E) (Overall program credits must equal 30 credits)

  • TO 703/MFG 504 Tauber Institute Project – 3 credits –  Letter Graded (A-E)

  • Global Operations Seminar and Summer Team Project – 1 term of the Global Operations Seminar (MFG501) plus 1 term of participating in a Summer Project (MFG503), which may be through InterPro or the Tauber Institute for Global Operations. Seminar and Project total 6 graded credit hours.

  • Full time students considering a dual MBA/MEM degree should also look into the Tauber  Institute for Global Operations. See the Tauber Institute website for details.

  • Full time (MBA/MEM-Tauber) applicants and Part time (MBA/MEM) applicants considering a dual MBA/MEM degree should specify on the application.

This program is offered jointly through the Business School and the College of Engineering’s Manufacturing Engineering. Students may pursue full time MEM/Tauber degree or part-time MEM/PIM. These students should see the Michigan Engineering’s InterPro website for details.

Graduates earn both a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Michigan’s Ross School of Business and a Master of Engineering in Manufacturing (MEM) degree from the College of Engineering. The degrees are conferred simultaneously.

The minimum 66 required credit hours, which include a minimum of 45 credit hours in business courses, are normally completed in 4-5 semesters of full-time study. In addition, students participate in a paid, four-month Team Project offered during the spring/summer semester following their first year of study.

Because of the sequential nature of core courses in the MBA program, dual degree students will enroll in the Business School in their first year. During years two and three, courses can be taken in both schools. No coursework completed prior to admission in either of the two halves of the dual degree program may be counted toward the MBA.

Both schools must approve any exceptions and an appropriate plan of study arranged.

Applying to the Master of Engineering in Manufacturing:

Apply Online at


  • Specify that you are applying to the MBA/M. Eng. in Mfg. degree
  • Upload Statement of Purpose and Resume
  • Request at least two recommenders
  • Manufacturing office will access your U-M/undergrad transcripts
  • GRE is required

Application Deadlines

Deadline for Fall Admission  All Applicants: January 15

Deadline for Winter Admission  All Applicants: September 15

Find out about the following application requirements at


Applicants seeking the MBA/MEM degree must be admitted to both the Business School and the College of Engineering. Admitted students are generally expected to have an undergraduate engineering degree and the equivalent of two or more years of full-time work experience.

Applicants must submit test scores or a Statement of Academic Readiness for admission to Michigan’s Ross School of Business.  More information can be found here.   The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission to the Master of Engineering in Manufacturing program. Students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete additional documents from the Ross Business School Admissions Office.