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The Tickle College of Engineering offers a dual-degree MS-MBA program for each engineering discipline in collaboration with the Haslam College of Business.

The 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 program’s objective 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.

Students can obtain this dual degree over the course of two years (60 to 63 credit hours, depending on the engineering discipline). Students take MBA courses in the first year (fall and spring) followed by engineering courses the following summer, fall, and spring.

View the specific Dual MS-MBA program options for each discipline, including required courses, credit hours, and non-course requirements.

Matt Bishop

The MBA helped me understand all the different additional components of the engineering field I work in and helps me excel. I’m responsible for marketing, business development, client relationships, and meeting financial targets. Having the technical background of the MS helps me sell services and work through issues with clients.”

— Matt Bishop, (BS/CE ’11, MS-MBA ’13), Design Team Manager Wood Environment & Infrastructure.

Program Course Requirements

Fall—First YearMBA Core CoursesCredit Hours
Session 1:7 1/2 Weeks 
 ACCT 505—Financial Accounting1.5
 FIN 505—Financial Management I1.5
 BZAN 505—Operations Management1.5
 MKTG 505—Demand Management I1.5
 BUAD 515—Business Skills Development I1.5
Session 2:7 1/2 Weeks 
 ACCT 506—Managerial Accounting1.5
 SCM 505—Supply Chain Management I1.5
 MKTG 506—Demand Management II1.5
 BZAN 506—Prescriptive Modeling1.5
 BUAD 516—Business Skills Development II1.5
Total Fall Credit Hours15
Spring—First YearMBA Core CoursesCredit Hours
Session 1:7 1/2 Weeks
MGT 505—Leading Complex Organizations1.5
ECON 505—Economics of Strategy1.5
FIN 506—Financial Management II1.5
STAT 505—Quantitative Methods1.5
BUAD 517—Business Skills Development III1.5
Session 2:7 1/2 Weeks
SCM 506—Supply Chain Management II1.5
FIN 507—Financial Statement Analysis1.5
MGT 506—Competitive Strategy1.5
ECON 506—Market Forces in the Global Environment1.5
BZAN 507—Supply Chain Models1.5
Full Session15 weeks
Engineering course in the Major (1 course)3
Total Spring Credit Hours18
Summer—First YearMBA Core CoursesCredit Hours
Full Session10 weeks
Engineering Major course / Mathematics course6
Total Summer Credit Hours6
Fall—Second YearMBA Core CoursesCredit Hours
Full Session15 Weeks
Engineering courses in the Major6
MBA Electives (Entrepreneurship and Innovation preferred)6
Total Fall Credit Hours12
Spring—Second YearMBA Core CoursesCredit Hours
Full Session15 Weeks
Engineering courses in the Major9
Total Program Hours60