The Integration of Technology & Business Administration
A Joint Degree Program of the College of Engineering and the Gatton College of Business and Economics
The practice of engineering has undergone considerable change. Economic and managerial issues that were previously addressed outside of the engineer’s domain have been integrated into the engineer’s responsibilities. Engineers have moved through engineering positions into managerial positions where they still draw upon their technological background. As a result, many graduate engineers have returned to school to obtain an MBA. In many MBA programs, graduate engineers represent more than one-fourth of the students.
In recognition of the increasing need for the integration of technology and business administration, the BS/MBA Dual Degree Program was established to enable students to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and a Master of Business Administration in five-years. The dual degree program includes three components:
- exclusive enrichment activities during the undergraduate senior year
- one-year accelerated MBA
- international study experience
Below is an overview of the program including a timeline.
Years 1 through 3
Take engineering courses as normal.
Apply to BS/MBA Dual Degree Program the summer between junior and senior year
In addition to regular course work during the senior year, 3 enrichment activities per semester will be provided. Examples include: Industry Leader Seminars, Workshops and Company Visits.
Exclusive 2-3 week international study after the completion of the MBA. The Dual Degree Program pays for the international study tuition, lodging and transportation within Europe. Students are responsible for international study application fees, air fare to/from Europe, and for meals.
Year 6, one more semester if needed
If student would have graduated with undergraduate degree in December, the final semester of undergraduate studies is deferred until the completion of the MBA and International Study since these steps have fixed start dates.
How to participate in the BS/MBA Dual Degree Program
The BS/MBA Dual Degree Program is open to engineering and computer science students who have completed their junior year with a GPA ≥ 3.25. Each summer students who meet these criteria will be invited to apply for admission to the dual degree program.
- Students that receive an invitation but have more than 3 semesters of undergraduate study remaining should defer application until the next year.
- Students enrolled in the co-op program must have completed their co-op rotations before applying to the BS/MBA Dual Degree Program.
Admission to the BS/MBA program does not constitute admission to the MBA degree program. Program participants must formally apply for admission to graduate school. Admission to the BS/MBA Dual Degree Program entitles students to participate in the fourth year activities listed above; for possible scholarship assistance in the MBA program; and participation in the international experience.
How to find out more
Kim Sayre, P.E.
BS/MBA Dual Degree Program Director
220L Robotics Building
For information on the MBA component of the dual degree program, go to: http://gatton.uky.edu/Programs/MBA/Index.html
MBA Program Director
145 Gatton Building
To learn more about the international study component of the BS/MBA Dual Degree Program, see past posts from the BSMBA student blog.