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Dual Degree Opportunities : South Asia


The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and the Center for South Asian Studies 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 South Asian studies leading to the MBA and MA degrees.

The program is arranged so that all requirements for both degrees are completed in 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 South Asian Studies. Students enrolled 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;
    • MBA Communication Requirement.

2) The South Asian Studies MA 24 credit hour degree program including:

  • Pro-seminar in South Asian Studies (3 credit)
  • 21 graduate credits with South Asia content from at least 3 different disciplines, with at least 12 credits at 500 level or above, 3 of  these at 600 or above.
  • Completion of at least two years of an appropriate area language or second-year language competence.
  • A Master’s essay on a South Asia topic, including registration in SAS 798. These credits do not count toward the total 24.

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 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 South Asian 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.

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.

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
Strategy 503 1.5
South Asia Requirements 6
Business Electives 3
Language 0
Total 10.5
Winter Term Courses Credits
South Asia Requirement 3
Business Electives 6
Language 0
Business Law or Ethics 1.5


Year 3
Fall Term Courses Credits
South Asia Electives 9
Language 0


Winter Term Courses Credits
South Asia Elective 6
South Asia MA Essay 1-6*
Language 0
Business Elective 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 may differ from sample.

* These credits do not count toward the 24 required for the MA.