Combined B.S.-M.S. programs in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering, and optics are available to those students wanting to blend their undergraduate program with graduate study. Students who wish to complete a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a Master of Business Administration may be able to combine an undergraduate engineering program with work in the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration. Because engineering program requirements exceed those of other undergraduate majors, the majority of engineering undergraduates will not be ready to take advantage of the application schedule followed by most University undergraduates from other disciplines. Therefore, the Simon School offers two additional options to accelerate the completion of both undergraduate and graduate degrees to eligible engineering students. (Engineering science majors are encouraged to arrange their programs to participate in the normal 3-2 program.)
Option 1 requires students to apply by November 15 of their senior year for admission to the M.B.A. program beginning in January. This option offers the student the full benefits of M.B.A. study insofar as the core courses are taken in sequence and the study-team approach is fully realized. Option 1 also offers the opportunity for students to take a summer internship, provided the student is willing to add the three courses normally taken during the summer quarter (one each) to the remaining three academic quarters of the second year of M.B.A. coursework.
Option 2 is designed for engineering students who will not complete required engineering courses by the end of the fall semester of their senior year. Students commence M.B.A. coursework on a part-time basis during the fall semester of their senior year. Although option 2 permits the completion of both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years, it usually does not involve a summer internship nor does it offer the strong team experience and class bonding opportunities of option 1.
Both of these options may require that students take an overload, summer courses, or prerequisite coursework during the junior or senior year; students should also be aware that the Simon School operates on a quarter system calendar. Students must have solid academic records and must score well on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), which should be taken by January of their junior year, to be considered for admission.