Dual Master of Science in Computer Science/Master of Business Administration (MS/MBA) Degree Program
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.
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 semester hours of MBA courses (i.e., MBA curriculum without emphasis/specialization) and 24 semester hours of computer-science courses (i.e., the MS in Computer Science curriculum without 6 semester hours of elective courses) with a cumulative grade point average of at least B (3.0). Therefore, students need to complete a total of 60 semester hours to graduate. 15 semester hours of computer-science courses will be used to satisfy the emphasis/concentration requirement of the MBA degree. 6 semester hours of MBA courses will be used to satisfy elective requirements of the MS degree. Of the computer-science coursework, 15 semester hours 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.