Apr 12, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Dual MBA-MS Program, Business Administration - Engineering Science

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.

Concentrations (Required) and Options Available

  • Engineering Science — Thesis, Course Only with Comprehensive Exams (all concentrations)
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Flight Test Engineering (UTSI only)
    • Mechanical Engineering
  • Business Administration — Course Only without Comprehensive Exams
    • No concentrations

Campus Code

Knoxville Campus


Admissions Standards/Procedures

  • Applicants for the MBA-MS program must make separate applications to and be accepted by Graduate Admissions for the Master of Business Administration and engineering science Master of Science.
  • Students who are accepted into the MBA-MS 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

  • The dual degree candidate must satisfy the curriculum and graduation requirements of the Haslam College of Business and Engineering Science major.

Credit Hours Required

  • 60 or 63 graduate credit hours of which
    • 36 credit hours of course work in the Haslam College of Business.
    • 24 or 27 credit hours of course work in the Engineering Science curriculum.
      • Thesis Option in the Master of Science (27 credit hours): 21 credit hours of course work plus 6 credit hours of course 500.
      • Course Only with Comprehensive Exam Option (24 credit hours): 24 credit hours from the Engineering Science curriculum.

Required Courses

Additional Course Requirements

  • Dual degree candidates enrolled in engineering science are required to take 18 credit hours of graduate-level engineering courses. This program requires a course work plan, approved by the major professor and guidance committee, including a concentration.

Non-Course Requirements

  • The Master of Science in Engineering Science requires students to take a comprehensive exam during their final semester.
  • The student’s guidance committee should have representation from both the Engineering Science and Business faculty to ensure that degree requirements for both the MBA and MS are fully met.