Concurrent BS/MBA Degree in Engineering
The Iowa State University College of Engineering and the College of Business offer an integrated, concurrent program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. The Engineering/MBA program is available to undergraduate students majoring in aerospace, agricultural, biological systems, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, mechanical engineering or software engineering. The Engineering/MBA concurrent degree program reduces by one year the normal time period for completing both degrees separately.
The Engineering/MBA concurrent degree program is designed to be completed in a minimum of five academic years or ten semesters. In the first three years, students progress through the prescribed course requirements in their undergraduate major.The final two years are comprised of the upper-level undergraduate courses and graduate coursework in business, with up to twelve credit hours applied toward both degrees.
Careful planning between the students and their academic advisers is essential throughout the concurrent degree program. While it 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 Engineering/MBA concurrent degree program is demanding and admission is very selective. Students are expected to exhibit superior intellectual ability, strong leadership attributes, and must be highly motivated and career-focused.
Although not absolute minimums, admitted students will typically have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above and have scored 600 or higher on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). All application materials, however, are taken into account collectively in the application review and student selection process. Students must have completed a stipulated number of engineering credits from Iowa State to be eligible for the program.
Preparing for the Engineering/MBA
Engineering students interested in pursuing the MBA need to demonstrate exemplary academic performance throughout their undergraduate program. Internship/co-op experiences and extracurricular/leadership activities are also highly valued in the MBA candidate selection process. Engineering students are not required to take additional coursework in business in preparing for the MBA.
Sample Study Plans
- Aerospace Engineering Study Plan
- Agricultural Engineering Study Plan
- Biological Systems Engineering Study Plan
- Chemical Engineering Study Plan
- Civil Engineering Study Plan
- Computer Engineering Study Plan
- Electrical Engineering Study Plan
- Industrial Engineering Study Plan
- Mechanical Engineering Study Plan
- Software Engineering Study Plan
Applying to the Concurrent Engineering/MBA
Engineering students interested in the Engineering/MBA concurrent degree program must apply to the MBA by July 1 of the summer following their junior year.The following application materials need to be submitted to the Business Graduate Programs Office,1360 Gerdin Business Building:
- Application to pursue a concurrent graduate degree
- Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores
- Two letters of recommendation
- Personal Essay Form
- Interview by invitation
Admission into the Engineering/MBA concurrent degree program will be considered for the fall semester only of the student’s senior year. Admitted students are classified as graduate students when concurrent enrollment begins and are subsequently assessed graduate business tuition and fees.