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Dual Degrees

Graduate Engineering Dual Degree Program Description

A student may pursue and complete two master's degrees simultaneously at MU by: 1) Satisfying the requirements of the two master's degrees in the participating two programs, schools or departments. These requirements must include at least 15 hours at the 7000/8000 level or above in EACH of the degree programs. 2) Completing degree requirements: a thesis or project for each program, or a shared thesis or project to satisfy the requirements of both programs. Since both programs must approve the student's planned courses of study, the student is expected to begin the programs at the same time and simultaneously conclude both degree programs.

The Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, in cooperation with the College of Business and Public Administration, offers a dual master's degree program for those students who wish to combine the specialized skills of the industrial engineer with the general knowledge of the professional manager. The program was developed in recognition of the fact that solutions to organization problems often require that the engineer's analytical abilities be applied simultaneously with the manager's integrative perspective. This dual program has been carefully structured to provide the necessary academic background to obtain an MS in industrial engineering and an MBA simultaneously, in a minimum amount of time, usually two and a half academic years.

In addition, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, in cooperation with the health services management program of the School of Medicine, offers a dual master's degree program to prepare its graduates for careers in the design and administration of health-care delivery systems and organizations. The program was developed in recognition of the highly complex nature of health-care organizations. The program's basic objective is to fuse competencies in the health-service management in health-systems design. The required courses in the industrial engineering program serve as the area of specialization in the health services management program, and the required courses in the health services management program are used as electives in the industrial engineering program. As a result, it is possible for the student to earn an MHA in health services management and an MS in industrial engineering simultaneously.