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Dual Degree Opportunities : Industrial and Operations


The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and the Department of Industrial and Operations 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 industrial and operations engineering studies leading to the MBA and MS degrees.

The program is arranged so that all requirements for both degrees are completed in roughly 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 MS (IOE) degrees. Students registered in the first year of either program may apply.

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 (12 of the 15 must be approved by IOE);
    • MBA Communication Requirement.

2) The 18 hours of graduate level IOE courses, including at least eight credit hours in courses numbered 500 or above. Directed study courses and seminar classes may not be counted toward the IOE 500-level or above requirement.

3) A 2 credit independent study in IOE or the Business School which would lead to a paper integrating business and IOE perspectives on a particular area of interest.

The total credit hours for the dual degree program must be at least 65.

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 years two and three, courses may be taken in both schools. Students who wish to begin with Industrial and Operations Engineering Studies should see a counselor in the Business School to arrange an appropriate plan of study. No course work completed prior to admission in either of the two halves of the dual program may be counted toward the MBA requirements of the dual program.

Students interested in the MBA/MS combined program must file separate applications to and be admitted by both schools. Students must indicate on both applications that they are applying for this specific dual degree program.

For basic information on the Dual MBA/MS(IOE) Degree program, please visit the Industrial and Operations Engineering web site at: http://ioe.engin.umich.edu/degrees/grad/ or http://ioe.engin.umich.edu/degrees/grad/gradspecial.php#Dual%20MBA/MS(IOE)%20Degree%20Program

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
OMS 502 2.25
Finance 503 or 513 2.25
MO 503 2.25


Winter Term Courses Credits
Accounting 552 2.25
Operations Management 552 2.25
MAP – BA 553 7.5
Business Elective 2.25
Total 14.25
Year 2
Fall Term Courses Credits
Business Law or Ethics 1.5
Business Electives 4.5
IOE Electives 9
Total 15
Winter Term Courses Credits
Business Electives 7.5
IOE Electives 6
Strategy 503 1.5


Year 3*
Fall Term Courses Credits
IOE Elective 3
Independent Study 2


* May be completed between first and second year or the spring, summer, or fall following the second year

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.