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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:

  • Engineering Core—3 courses, 1 in each of the following areas:
    • Mfg. Design/Process Integration
    • Mfg. Processes/Production Control
    • Quality Control
  • Management and Systems Core—9 elective credits including
    3 courses selected from a list of electives. Total credit hours
    must include classes in each of the following areas:
    • Organizational Behavior
    • Accounting and Finance
    • Marketing and Strategy
  • Engineering Discipline Elective—2 electives in manufacturing-related topics within the student’s undergraduate engineering discipline.
  • 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.  See Michigan Engineering's web site for details:
    Part time:
    Full time:
  • 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: http://mfgeng.engin.umich.edu/mfg.html.

Graduates earn both a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Michgan'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. Incoming students must obtain approval from a PIM course.

Applicants wishing to enroll in the MBA/MEM degree program should submit a full-time day or part time MBA program application to the Business School and a copy of that application to the College of Engineering. Applicants should request two sets of transcripts and letters of recommendation, with one of each being sent to the Business School Admissions Office and to the college of Engineering Admissions Office. Application forms are available by contacting the Offices of Admissions at the Business School and the College of Engineering.

Applicants must indicate on the application that they are applying for the MBA/MEM dual degree program.

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 also take the GMAT for admission to Michigan's Ross School of Business. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is highly recommended, but not required, for admission to the College of Engineering. The College of Engineering will use the GMAT score in lieu of the GRE when applying for the dual degree. Students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete additional documents from the Ross Business School Admissions Office.

Please see below for a sample plan of this dual degree program.


Year 1

Fall Term Courses - Year 1 Credits
Accounting 502 2.25
Marketing 503 2.25
Business Economics 502 2.25
Strategy 502 2.25
OMS 502 2.25
Finance 503 or 513 2.25
OMS 701/MFG 501 3
MO 503 2.25


Winter Term Courses - Year 1 Credits
Accounting 552 2.25
Operations Management 605 3
MAP – BA 553 7.5
Business Elective 2.25
OMS 703/MFG 503 1.5
Total 16.5

Year 2

Fall Term Courses - Year 2 Credits
Engineering Classes 9
Business Law or Ethics 1.5
OMS 703/MFG 503 1.5
Strategy 503 1.5
Business Electives 3
Total 16.5
Winter Term Courses - Year 2 Credits
Engineering Classes 6
Business Electives 9


Note: At least three terms of full-time enrollment must be completed in Business Administration. Full-time enrollment is defined as 9 credit hours or more of coursework per term.

Sample Note: Credit per term will vary. Your credits per term may differ from sample.