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General Information About Dual Degree Programs

Dual degree programs add an extra element of customization to the Texas MBA program, allowing you to earn two master's degrees in a condensed period of time. Combining an MBA degree with another graduate degree from one of the renowned colleges within the University of Texas at Austin exposes you to new ways of thinking and combines the deep knowledge of business from McCombs with another specialized area.  

The MBA is offered jointly with the following degrees:
(see the information below the tabs for application instructions)

MBA/Master of Arts in Asian Studies

The MBA/Master of Arts in Asian Studies program combines advanced business studies with interdisciplinary area studies and language, responding to an increased need in both public and private sectors for business specialists with a thorough understanding of Asian politics and cultures.

Students spend their first year in the program taking Asian Studies courses and the second year taking graduate business courses. The third year is a combination of both disciplines.

Degree Requirements

Students complete 77-80 hours of course work:
  • 23 hours of MBA core courses
  • 24 hours of approved business electives
  • 6 upper-division or graduate hours of Asian Studies history courses
  • 6 hours in advanced language courses (third-year level or beyond)
  • 6 hours of Asian Studies electives with at least 50% business content

PLUS

  • 6 hours of non-business Asian Studies electives and 6 hours of Asian Studies Master's Thesis

OR

  • 12 hours of non-business Asian Studies electives and 3 hours of Asian Studies Master's Report
    Note: If students have fulfilled history and/or language requirements at the time of admission to the program, they may substitute electives for these courses. The Asian history and Asian language courses must be in the history and language of the region in which the student is specializing.

Language Requirements

Students must have completed at least one year of college level study of an Asian language with a grade of B or higher - or have equivalent proficiency - before enrolling in the program. Upon completion of the program, students are expected to possess proficiency in an Asian language (ordinarily Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, Malayalam or other language with the approval of the Asian Graduate Studies Committee) equal to three years of course work. The program encourages dual-degree students to achieve a proficient level as early as possible.

The dual-degree code for this program is 6 12200 and should be referenced when applying to the program. Please note that a minimum of two years of full-time work experience is required for admission to the MBA program.

Contacting the Program

Master of Arts in Asian Studies
The Department of Asian Studies
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712-1194
512-471-5811
512-471-4469 (fax)

e-mail: dasgrads@austin.utexas.edu

MBA/Master of Art in Communication

The MBA/Master of Arts in Communication dual degree exposes its students to both the abstract principles and issues involved in modern communication and business, and to the practical skills and techniques necessary for efficient and effective management. Graduates of the program earn a degree in the areas of Advertising, Communication Studies, Journalism or Radio-Television-Film.

Students spend their first year in the program taking communications courses and the second year taking graduate business courses. The third year is a combination of both disciplines.

Note: Students who have little or no previous work in communications may find it necessary to enroll for an additional semester or summer session to complete all requirements of the program. Some Departments in the College of Communication will weigh professional experience in considering prerequisite requirements for each student.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 80-83 credit hours of course work

  • 23 hours of MBA core courses
  • 24 hours of business electives

PLUS

  • 24 hours of communication courses and 6 hours of communication masters thesis

OR

  • Or 30 hours of communication courses and 3 hours of communication masters report

When applying to this program, please reference the appropriate dual-degree code:

  • 624030 - Business Administration/Advertising
  • 624090 - Business Administration/Communication Studies
  • 624180 - Business Administration/Journalism
  • 624300 - Business Administration/Radio-Television-Film

Please note that a minimum of two years of full-time work experience is required for admission to the MBA program.

Contacting the Program

Master of Arts in Communication

Advertising 
Luisa Medrano 
512-471-8130
luisa.medrano@austin.utexas.edu

Communication Studies
Susan Corbin
512-471-1942
scorbin@mail.utexas.edu

Journalism
Lisa Jaskolka
512-471-5933
lisa.jaskolka@austin.utexas.edu

Radio-Television-Film 
Char Burke 
512-471-3532
char.burke@mail.utexas.edu

MBA/Master of Arts in Energy and Earth Resources

The MBA/Master of Arts in Energy and Earth Resources program combines advanced studies of management with the studies of geosciences and natural resources. It teaches students to apply business policy and science knowledge to energy issues in the private industry, government and non-profit sector.

Students can earn both degrees simultaneously in approximately three academic years. Degrees are awarded when the required coursework in both areas is completed. 

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 77 credit hours of course work: 

  • 47 hours of MBA courses 
  • 30 hours of work in Energy and Earth Resources, including a 6-hour thesis based on original research

The dual-degree code for this program is 6 35085 and should be referred to when applying to the program. Please note that a minimum of two years of full-time work experience is required for admission to the MBA program.

Contacting the Program

Energy and Earth Resources and Geosciences
Jackson School of Geosciences
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712-0254

Jessica Smith, Graduate Coordinator II
512-471-9875
jsmith@jsg.utexas.edu 

MBA/Master of Mechanical Engineering

The MBA/Master of Mechanical Engineering represents an opportunity for a well-rounded professional education in management of engineering organizations. For the mechanical engineer, this program offers the opportunity to understand the labor and management issues in engineering operations. For the engineering manager, it develops deeper insights into mechanical engineering principles.

Students spend their first year in the dual-degree program taking Engineering courses. The second year is dedicated to MBA core courses and approved business electives. The final year is a combination of courses from both departments. (The MBA Program begins in the fall semester only and all students are expected to enroll in fifteen credit hours per long semester during the academic year that is devoted to business courses.)

Degree Requirements 

Students must complete at least 77 credit-hours of coursework:

  • 23 hours of required MBA core courses
  • 24 hours of business electives
  • 6 hours of ME core courses
  • 15 hours of ME "Technical Option" Courses or their pre-approved substitutes
  • 6 hours of ME electives (may be substituted with McCombs electives upon ME program approval)
  • 3 hours of ME Master's Report (MFG 398R)

The dual-degree code for this program is 6 66000 and should be referenced when applying to the program. Please note that a minimum of two years of full-time work experience is required for admission to the MBA program.

Contacting the Engineering Program

Mechanical Engineering
Engineering Teaching Center 5.204
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712-1063
512-232-2701
512-471-8727 (fax)
prabhu.khalsa@me.utexas.edu

MBA/Master of Global Policy Studies

The MBA/Master of Global Policy Studies program responds to an increased need in both the public and private sectors for specialists with an advanced understanding of the global environment, governance within and among countries and companies, and cross-cultural challenges and opportunities. The program emphasizes practical knowledge, including hands-on connections to industry and government, and offers graduates the opportunity to earn a clear competitive advantage over other applicants for jobs in the global economy who have only a traditional business or policy degree.

Students spend their first year in the program taking Global Policy Studies core courses and the second year taking MBA core courses. The third year is a combination of both disciplines.

Degree Requirements

Students complete 84 hours of course work:

  • 23 hours of MBA core courses
  • 24 hours of approved business electives
  • 22 hours of Global Policy Studies core courses
  • 12 hours of an MGPS specialization
  • Masters Professional Report – 3 hours
PLUS
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a language other than English

The dual-degree code for this program is 6 47330 and should be referenced when applying to the program. Please note that a minimum of two years of full-time work experience is required for admission to the MBA program.

Contacting the Program

Master of Global Policy Studies
The LBJ School of Public Affairs
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78713-8925
512-471-3200
Admissions-related inquiries: lbjadmit@uts.cc.utexas.edu
All other inquiries: lbjdeansoffice@austin.utexas.edu

MBA/Master of Arts in Latin American Studies

The MBA/Master of Arts in Latin American Studies program combines advanced business studies with interdisciplinary area studies and language, responding to an increased need in both public and private sectors for business specialists with a thorough understanding of Latin American politics and cultures.

Students spend their first year in the program taking Latin American Studies courses. The second year is dedicated to graduate business core courses and approved electives. The final year of coursework is a combination from both departments.

Note: Some students, particularly those who enter the program with a language deficiency, may find it necessary to enroll for an additional semester or summer session to complete all requirements for the program.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete 77-80 credit-hours in graduate business and Latin American Studies:

  • 23 hours of MBA core courses
  • 24 hours of approved business electives
  • 24 hours of LAS courses (includes a 15-hour major and nine-hour minor) and six hours Latin American Studies thesis (LAS 698A and 698B), the latter taken in the last semester of study
OR
  • 30 hours of LAS courses selected from three disciplines (no fewer than six hours may be taken in any one discipline) and three hours Latin American Studies professional report (LAS 398R), taken in the last semester of study

Language Requirements

In the first semester of the program, students must demonstrate oral and written proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese at an "intermediate mid-level", equal to two years of course work. Students may meet these requirements through passing a proficiency examination, through formal language study or certain other means specified by the Institute for Latin American Studies (ILAS). Amerindian languages may qualify for this requirement at the discretion of the ILAS graduate advisor. Students with no previous knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese should be advised that enrollment in intensive language courses during the summer prior to entering the Dual Degree Program is desirable and recommended.

The dual-degree code for this program is 6 59000 and should be referenced when applying to the program. Please note that a minimum of two years of full-time work experience is required for admission to the MBA program.

Contacting the Program

Master of Arts in Latin American Studies 
The Institute for Latin American Studies
Sid W. Richardson Hall
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712-1284
512-471-5551
512-471-3090 (fax)
Ilas@uts.cc.utexas.edu

MBA/Doctor of Jurisprudence

As the legal environment of business becomes ever more important and intense, those individuals with skills in both general management and its surrounding legal context have become extremely valuable. The MBA/Doctor of Jurisprudence dual-degree program trains qualified business and law students for careers in the private or public business sectors and the legal profession.

Students spend their first year in the program taking law courses and the second year taking graduate business courses. The final 2 years combine both disciplines. The two degrees are awarded at the same time upon completion of the requirements mandated by both degrees.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 117 credit hours of course work:

  • 23 hours of MBA core courses
  • 24 hours of MBA elective courses
  • 70 hours of required Law School courses

Note: In general, students in the dual-degree program will not be eligible to take the bar exam if they have more than four semester hours of course work remaining to complete either part of the dual-degree program.

The dual-degree code for this program is 7 60516 and should be referred to when applying to the program. Please note that a minimum of two years of full-time work experience is required for admission to the MBA program.

Contacting the School of Law

Doctor of Jurisprudence
The University of Texas School of Law
Admissions Coordinator
P.O. Box 149105
Austin, TX 78714-9105
512-232-1200 or 512-232-1140
512-471-6988 (fax)

MBA/Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies

The MBA/Middle Eastern Studies program combines advanced business studies with interdisciplinary studies and language, responding to an increased need in both public and private sectors for business specialists with a thorough understanding of Middle Eastern politics and cultures.

Students spend their first year in the program taking Middle Eastern Studies courses and the second year taking graduate business courses. The third year is a combination of both disciplines.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 80 credit-hours of coursework:

  • 23 hours of required MBA core courses
  • 24 hours of Business electives
  • 6 hours of Middle Eastern Studies History Courses
  • 6 hours of Middle Eastern Studies Arts and Humanities Courses
  • 6 hours of Middle Eastern Studies Social Sciences Courses
  • 12 hours of Middle Eastern Studies Electives
  • 3 hours of Middle Eastern Studies, Professional Report (must be on a Middle Eastern/Business topic to be written during the last semester of the program)

Language Requirements

Upon completion of the program, students are expected to possess a proficiency in a middle eastern language (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish or other language with the approval of the Middle Eastern Graduate Studies Committee) equal to two years of course work. Students with no previous knowledge of a middle eastern language should be advised that enrollment in intensive language courses during the summer prior to entering the joint degree program is desirable and recommended.

Students in the dual-degree program will be encouraged to achieve the required level of proficiency as early as possible. Students whose native language is one of the middle eastern languages are required to take a second middle eastern language.

The dual-degree code for this program is 6 68300 and should be referred to when applying to the program. Please note that a minimum of two years of full-time work experience is required for admission to the MBA program.

Contacting the Middle Eastern Studies Program

Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies
Center for Middle Eastern Studies
West Mall Building 6.102
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712
512-471-3881
512-471-7834 (fax)
dmes@uts.cc.utexas.edu
Kimberly.Dahl@austin.utexas.edu

MBA/Master of Science in Nursing

The MBA/Master of Science in Nursing program prepares students with an undergraduate degree in nursing for advanced nursing practice and research while providing the management and financial skills required of executives in today's changing health care systems.

Students spend their first year in the program taking nursing courses and the second year taking graduate business courses. The third year is a combination of both disciplines.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 83 credit hours of course work:

  • 23 hours of MBA core courses
  • 24 hours of Business electives
  • 30 hours of Nursing/Nursing Administration core courses
  • 6 hours of approved Nursing electives or electives in other approved disciplines

The Dual Degree code for this program is 6 71800 and should be referenced when applying to the program. Please note that a minimum of two years of full-time work experience is required for admission to the MBA program.

Contacting the Nursing Program

Master of Science in Nursing
The School of Nursing
The University of Texas at Austin
1700 Red River
Austin, TX 78701-1499
512-232-4701
512-232-4777 (fax)
nugrad@uts.cc.utexas.edu

MBA/Master of Arts in Public Affairs

The MBA/Master of Public Affairs program prepares students to respond to the growing interrelationships between the public and private sectors by providing a combination of policy-related skills and one or more business administration specializations. The dual-degree program trains qualified students in a coordinated program of coursework in public affairs and an advanced business field.

Students spend their first year in the program taking public affairs courses and the second year taking graduate business courses. The third year is a combination of both disciplines.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 80 credit hours of course work:

  • 23 hours of MBA core courses
  • 24 hours of business electives
  • 30 hours of required courses in public affairs (includes internship and professional report)
  • 3 hours graduate electives in public affairs

The summer internship is with a government agency or a publicly oriented organization.

The dual-degree code for this program is 6 84602 and should be referred to when applying to the program. Please note that a minimum of two years of full-time work experience is required for admission to the MBA program.

Contacting the Public Affairs Program

 Master of Public Affairs
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
Box Y
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78713-8925
512-232-7588

512-471-1835 (fax)
lbjadvesr@uts.cc.utexas.edu

MBA/Master of Arts in Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies

The MBA/Master of Arts in Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies program combines advanced business studies with interdisciplinary area studies and language, responding to an increased need in both the public and private sectors for business specialists with a thorough understanding of the culture, economics, geography, history and politics of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

Students spend their first year in the program taking Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies courses and the second year taking graduate business courses. The third year is a combination of both disciplines.

Degree Requirements:

Students must complete a total of 77-80 credit hours of course work.

  • 23 hours required MBA core courses
  • 24 hours of business electives
  • 3 hour seminar in Russian, East European and Eurasian civilizations and cultures
  • 9 hours of Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies courses, 3 hours from each of the three subject fields:
    • Economics/History/Government
    • Anthropology/Geography/ Sociology
    • Literature/Culture
    • 12 hours of Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies electives
    • 6 hours of thesis or a 3 hour master's report with 6 additional hours of REE electives

    Language Requirements:

    Students are expected to possess proficiency in a language of the area (normally Russian, Czech, Polish or Serbo-Croatian) equal to three years of course work. This requirement may be met either through formal language study or by passing a proficiency examination administered by a University of Texas faculty member. Students are encouraged to achieve the required level of proficiency as early as possible. Those with no previous knowledge of a Slavic, East European or Central Asian language are advised to enroll in intensive language courses during the summer prior to beginning the dual-degree program. Students who are native speakers of an area language will be required to learn a second language.

    Note: Before the completion of the MA degree, students are required to complete a 4th year (or equivalent) of formal language instruction and pass a proficiency examination in the area language of their choice at the ILR (Interagency Language Roundtable) Level 2 or ACTFL (American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages) Advanced level.

    The dual-degree code for this program is 6 93200 and should be referred to when applying to the program. Please also note that a minimum of two years of full-time work experience is required for admission to the MBA program.

    Contacting the Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Program:

    Master of Arts in Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies
    Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
    The University of Texas at Austin
    Austin, TX 78712
    512-471-7782
    512-471-3368 (fax)
    a.mcmillan@mail.utexas.edu

    Application for Admission to the Dual Degree Program

    An applicant seeking admission to an MBA/dual degree program who is not currently enrolled in a graduate program at UT must apply to both programs by submitting two applications (the Texas MBA application and the application required for the non-business program) and must select the appropriate dual degree major on both applications. Applicants are responsible for submitting any department-specific supplemental materials (test score, essays, letters, etc.) for each department.  McCombs accepts either the GRE or GMAT score. Please check with the department of your intended dual degree to ensure you submit the required test score. Applicants pay only the non-business application fee, except for JD/MBA applicants who will pay both application fees.

    Applicants must be accepted by each individual program in order to be admitted to the dual degree program. If an applicant is admitted to only one program, with departmental approval, he/she may choose to pursue that degree alone after requesting a change of major code on the application. A minimum of two years of full-time work experience is strongly suggested to enter any of the dual-degree programs. All dual-degree students begin their first year of study in the non-business side of the program.

    Students currently enrolled in the first year of a graduate program at the University of Texas at Austin who wish to apply to an MBA/dual-degree program must submit the Texas MBA Application available online and select the appropriate dual-degree major code from the drop down menu. No other application is necessary; however a conversation with your academic advisor in your current program is advised. Applicants will not pay an application fee. If admitted, an admission officer and the student will work with the Graduate and International Admission Center to request a change of major to the dual degree major code. Students who have completed their first year of study in the non-business side will begin the MBA portion of the program that August.