Saturday, March 17, 2007

Engineering BS/MBA Concurrent Degree, Iowa State University - ASM-A

Engineering BS/MBA Concurrent Degree

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 civil, computer, electrical, industrial, or mechanical engineering.

The Engineering/MBA concurrent degree program reduces by one year the normal time period for completing both degrees separately.

Today’s successful engineers often need strong business management skills to complement their degree in engineering. These skills are especially important for engineers who are interested in working for technology companies, launching their own business ventures, or pursuing non-traditional jobs such as consulting. Generally, engineers will need highly developed technical and advanced business skills as their careers progress. The MBA may give engineers a competitive advantage for advancement or lead to accelerated opportunities for growth into management positions. Enhanced business skills may open a more diverse offering of career choices.

The Engineering/MBA concurrent degree program offers students the opportunity to integrate study in engineering and business management. Both the Bachelor of Science and the MBA are awarded to successful candidates of the concurrent degree program.

The Engineering/MBA program is designed to be completed in a minimum of five academic years or ten semesters. While the program can be finished in five years (ten semesters), the actual time for completion may be longer depending upon semester course loads, internships, and course sequencing. Careful planning between the engineering student and the academic advisor is essential throughout the program.

The program requires engineering students to take a slightly accelerated program through the first six semesters in order to complete the general education requirements. The remaining four semesters integrate the engineering major requirements and the MBA courses. Twelve credits will be shared in common and will fulfill the degree requirements for both the engineering bachelor’s and the MBA degrees.

Summer study is possible, although students are strongly encouraged to complete at least two internships or co-ops in engineering and business for practical experience.

Preparing for the Engineering/MBA
Engineering students interested in pursuing the MBA need to demonstrate exemplary academic performance throughout their undergraduate program. Mastery of the knowledge and skills in coursework taken in communications, economic theory, global and diversity perspectives, statistical data analysis, and the core professional curriculum is of particular importance. Engineering students are not required to have additional coursework in business in preparing for the MBA.

Student Selection
The Engineering/MBA concurrent degree program is open to only those currently enrolled Iowa State University students who have completed three years of their engineering degree program majoring in civil, computer, electrical, industrial, or mechanical engineering.

The 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 3.50 or above and have scored 650 or higher on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). All application materials, however, are taken into account collectively in the applicant review and student selection process.

Advisors for the Engineering/MBA concurrent degree are available for consultation about the advisability of applying to the program.
Students must have completed a stipulated number of engineering credits from Iowa State to be eligible for the program.

Sample Study Plans

Applying to the Engineering/MBA
Engineering students interested in the Engineering/MBA concurrent degree program must apply to the MBA by January 15 of their junior year. The following application materials are required:

Graduate College Application

Official transcripts
Graduate Management Test (GMAT) scores
Three letters of recommendation
Essay responses

Admission into the Engineering/MBA concurrent degree will only be considered for the fall semester of the student’s senior year. If admitted to the MBA program, students then complete a concurrent enrollment request form.

Admitted students are classified as graduate students when concurrent enrollment begins and are subsequently assessed graduate tuition and fees.



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