Feb 28, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Dual MS-MBA Program, Biomedical Engineering - 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 Biomedical 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

Biomedical Engineering (Thesis Option, Project Option, Coursework Only with Comprehensive Exam Option)

Business Administration (Coursework 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 Biomedical 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

  • 60 or 63 graduate credit hours
    • 36 graduate credit hours of coursework in the Haslam College of Business.
    • 24 or 27 graduate credit hours in the Biomedical Engineering curriculum depending on the option chosen for the Master of Science:
      • Thesis Option (27 credit hours): 21 credit hours of coursework plus 6 credit hours of BME 500.
      • Project Option (24 credit hours): 21 credit hours of coursework plus 3 credit hours of BME 590.
      • Course Only with Comprehensive Exam Option (24 credit hours): 24 credit hours of coursework.

Required Courses

Students meet the degree requirements as defined in the Master of Business Administration major and the Master of Science in the Biomedical Engineering major, including:

Non-Course Requirements

  • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
    • Thesis Option – write and defend the thesis
    • Project Option – culminating experience in BME 590 
  • The student’s guidance committee should have representation from both the Biomedical Engineering and Business faculty to ensure that degree requirements for both the MS and MBA are fully met