BA/BS in Chemistry and the MBA
The College of Business and the Department of Chemistry offer a collaborative program culminating in a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science in chemistry and the master of business administration (MBA). The concurrent degree program reduces by one year the usual pattern of a four-year undergraduate degree and a two-year MBA program.
The purpose of the Chemistry/MBA concurrent degree program is to prepare chemists to become managers and entrepreneurs in the biorenewables and the biotechnology-based chemical industries growing in the Midwest. In addition, chemistry students interested in careers in the pharmaceutical and health-related industries will benefit from the concurrent degree program.
The MBA degree will build upon the chemistry students’ fundamental and applied understanding of chemical and scientific theory, experimentation techniques, and research methodologies. Students will gain comprehensive knowledge of the various business disciplines and will apply that knowledge to real world business situations. Students will further develop their problem-solving and analytical skills as well as their ability to effectively communicate and to work in a team-based environment.
The Chemistry/MBA concurrent degree program is designed to be completed in a minimum of five academic years or ten semesters. In the first three years, chemistry students progress through their prescribed course requirements in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and in their major.The final two years are comprised of the upper-level chemistry courses and graduate coursework in business. Summer study is possible, although students are strongly advised to pursue internships for practical experience. Degree requirements for the BA/BS in chemistry and the MBA are unchanged under the concurrent program.
The Chemistry/MBA concurrent degree program requires a minimum of 156 credit hours including twelve shared credit hours applied toward both the BA/BS in chemistry and MBA degrees.
Careful planning between the chemistry students and their academic advisors is essential throughout the concurrent degree program. While the program can be completed in five-years (ten semesters), the actual time for completion may be longer depending upon semester course loads, coops/internships, and course sequencing.
The Chemistry/MBA concurrent degree is a rigorous 5-year program, and admission is very selective. Candidates are expected to exhibit superior intellectual ability, strong leadership attributes, and must be highly motivated and career-focused.
Chemistry students interested in the Chemistry/MBA concurrent degree program must apply to the MBA by March 15 of their junior year.
The following application materials are required and need to be submitted to the Business Graduate Programs office in 1360 Gerdin.
Graduate Management Test (GMAT) scores
Three letters of recommendation
Resume (sample format)
Interview by invitation
Admission into the Chemistry/MBA concurrent degree will only be considered for the fall semester of the student’s senior year. Admitted students are classified as graduate students when concurrent enrollment begins and are subsequently assessed MBA tuition and fees.