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Dual Degree Opportunities : Educational Studies

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and the School of Education within the Rackham School of Graduate Studies offer a dual degree program enabling a small number of qualified students to pursue concurrent work in business administration and education leading to the MBA and MA degrees. 

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

This combined degree program is not open to students who have earned either the MBA or a Master’s degree in Education. Students enrolled in the first year of either program may apply.

Graduate work in the M.B.A. program teaches students the technical/financial skills of business management. Graduate work in the School of Education adds theoretical grounding in the foundation of K-12 education and a deeper understanding of the complexities of education policy and practice. The specializations available in educational studies provide opportunity for dual degree students to design a program of study that is appropriate to their academic and career interests. The Educational Studies masters program provides dual degree students with deep exposure to educational theory and the programmatic flexibility to pursue a specialized area of interest that compliments the MBA experience.

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.

2) For dual degree students in Business and Education, in addition to the above, the School of Education requires 21 credit hours for the MA degree including:

  • 6 hours of core courses
  • 15 hours of specialization courses

The total credit hours for the dual degree program must be at least 66.

The dual program may begin with studies in either school. However, because of the sequenced nature of the core courses in the MBA program, most students will find it advantageous to start with year one in the Business School. During years two and three, courses may be taken in both schools. Students who wish to begin with Education 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 MBA/MA combined program must file separate applications to and be admitted by both programs. Applicants must indicate on both applications that they are applying for this specific dual degree program.

For basic information about the dual degree in Education (MA) and Business (MBA), please visit the School of Education web site.

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

Starting at Business School
Year 1
Fall Term Courses Credits
Accounting 502 2.25
Marketing 503 2.25
Business Economics 502 2.25
Strategy 502 2.25
TO 502 2.25
Finance 503 or 513 2.25
MO 503 2.25


Winter Term Courses Credits
Accounting 552 2.25
TO 552 2.25
MAP – BA 553 7.5
Business Elective 2.25
Total 14.25
Year 2
Fall Term Courses Credits
Strategy 503 1.5
Business Law or Ethics 1.5
Business Elective 3
ED 695 Research and Ed Pract 3
Integrative Seminar 3
ED 649 Foundational Perspectives on Ed Reform 3
Total 15
Winter Term Courses Credits
Business Electives 9
ED 551 Org. Analysis 3
ED 553 Administrative Ldrshp 3


Year 3
Fall Term Courses Credits
ED 705 Evaluation of Ed Prgms 3
ED 555 School of Finance Policy 3
ED 552 Instructional Ldrshp 3


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 will differ from sample  Education courses listed above are examples reflecting a specialization in educational administration and policy. Your actual courses may differ depending on the specialization you select.  Please consult with the School of Education for a complete set of possible specializations.