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Dual Degree Opportunities : Construction Engineering


The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and the Department of Civil 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 construction engineering and management studies leading to the MBA and MSE (CE & M) degrees.

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

This combined degree program is not open to students who have earned either the MBA or MSE (CE&M) degree. Students registered in the first year of either program may apply. The typical student is expected to hold a BS degree in engineering and to have an interest in a business and engineering career that includes construction.

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 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;
    • MBA communication requirement.
  • Up to 12 credit hours of transferable CE&M electives from the Department of Civil Engineering.

2) The MSE (CE&M) 30 credit hour degree program, including:

  • 18 credit hours of 500 level or above CE&M courses, which include CE 531, CE 532, and CE 536;
  • CE431 if students have not previously taken it or its equivalent;
  • A 3-credit hour independent study course under CE630 in order to integrate the management skills learned in the Business School with the technical construction engineering skills learned in Civil Engineering;
  • Nine credit hours of transferable electives (six if CE431 is taken) from Business Administration, including three credit hours of an acceptable Operations and Management Science (OMS) course or courses.

The total credit hours for the dual degree program must be at least 69.

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 year two, courses are taken in both schools. Students should finish the program in CE&M. Students who wish to begin in CE&M should see a counselor in the Business School to arrange an appropriate plan of study. No course work completed prior to admission in either program may be counted toward the MBA requirements of the dual program.

Applicants interested in the dual program must file separate applications to and be admitted by both schools. Candidates must indicate on both applications that they are applying for this specific dual degree program.

For basic information about the MSE (CE&M)/MBA program, please visit the Construction Engineering and Management web site.

Please see below for a sample plan of this dual degree program. This is only a sample plan and students should speak with an advisor at CE&M for specific degree requirements.

Starting at Business School
Year 1
Fall Term Courses Credits
Accounting 502 2.25
Bus. Econ. 502 2.25
Strategy 502 2.25
Marketing 503 2.25
Finance 503 or 513 2.25
OMS 502 2.25
MO 503 2.25


Winter Term Courses Credits
Accounting 552 2.25
Operations Mgt. 552 2.25
MAP BA 553 7.5
Business Elective 2.25
Total 14.25
Year 2
Fall Term Courses Credits
CE 531 3
CE 536 3
CE Elective or CE 431 3
Business Law or Ethics 1.5
Strategy 503 1.5
Business Electives 3
Total 15
Winter Term Courses Credits
CE 532 3
CE Elective 3
Business Electives 9


Year 3*
Fall Term Courses Credits
CE 630 9
CE Electives 6


*An alternate sequence can be arranged in which a student can take the secourses during the Spring/Summer terms between the academic years to complete both degrees in 20 calendar months.

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

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