2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
    Feb 28, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Dual MS-MBA Program, Chemical Engineering Major - Business Administration


The Tickle College of Engineering and the Haslam College of Business offer an integrated program leading to the conferral of the Master of Science with a major Chemical Engineering and the Master of Business Administration degree with a major in Business Administration.

The establishment of the dual degree program addresses the critical need for personnel trained in both engineering and management who can integrate an increasingly complex body of knowledge for rapid introduction of new products to the marketplace. The objective of the dual degree program is to prepare graduates to take a leading management role in companies that must react quickly to a dynamic market where forces of competition require rapid changes via short cycles in design, manufacturing, and product development.

Options Available

Chemical Engineering — Thesis, Course Only without Comprehensive Exam
Business Administration — Course Only without Comprehensive Exam

Campus Code

Knoxville Campus

Admissions Standards/Procedures

  • Applicants for the MS-MBA program must make separate applications to and be accepted by Graduate Admissions for the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering, and Graduate Admissions for the Master of Business Administration.
  • Students who are accepted into the MS-MBA program will be assigned an advisor in each of the two majors, who will be responsible for course approval and supervision of the students’ progress through the dual program.
  • Applications by United States citizens and permanent residents received after the MBA application deadline (February 1) will be considered as space allows. Additional information is required and different application dates are established by Graduate Admissions for international students.

Academic Standards

Dual degree candidates must satisfy the curriculum and graduation requirements of the Tickle College of Engineering and the Haslam College of Business.

Credit Hours Required

  • 63 graduate credit hours
    • 27 graduate credit hours in the Chemical Engineering curriculum depending on the option chosen for the Master of Science:
      • Thesis Option (27 credit hours): 18 credit hours of course work plus 9 credit hours of CBE 500  Thesis.
      • Course Only without Comprehensive Exam Option (27 credit hours): 27 credit hours of course work.
    • 36 graduate credit hours of course work in the Haslam College of Business.

Required Courses

  • Students meet the degree requirements as defined in the Master of Business Administration  major and the Master of Science in the Chemical Engineering major , including
    • Thesis Option
    • Course only without comprehensive exam Option
      • Course only Option: CBE 580 , 3 credit hours
      • Technical electives (6 credit hours). Examples include courses from CBE, ME, BME, MSE, NE, CS, ENVR, CHEM, MATH, PHYS, BCMB, MICR, ESE), selected in consultation with the major professor and/or committee

Non-Course Requirements

  • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
    • Thesis Option – write and defend the thesis
    • Course-only Option – culminating experience in CBE 580  
  • The student’s guidance committee should have representation from both the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Business faculty to ensure that degree requirements for both the MS and MBA are fully met.