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MBA Dual Degree

MBA Dual Degree FAQs

We have compiled a selection of the questions prospective dual degree MBA students ask most frequently. If you are unable to find the answer to a specific question or wish to speak with someone directly, feel free to contact us online or call 404.894.8722.

Dual Degree Program Information
Who can pursue dual degree?

The M.S./MBA and Ph.D./MBA dual degree is offered to selected students enrolled in M.S. and Ph.D. programs in the Colleges of Engineering and Computing. More specifically, the dual degree may be attractive to M.S. and Ph.D. students who wish to pursue a technology management career outside of academia and help them progress eventually into senior management roles.

Is this a new degree?

No. The M.S., Ph.D., and MBA programs are all currently offered at Georgia Tech, and their degree requirements remain unchanged. The M.S./MBA and Ph.D./MBA dual degree simply allows students to count courses taken in the Colleges of Engineering and Colleges of Computing towards their MBA degree.

Why does Georgia Tech have an M.S./MBA and Ph.D./MBA offering?

The world of business is being transformed by technology at an increasing rate. Innovations in the technology sector are transforming the U.S. economy and technology companies have become the employers of choice for many of our graduates. Simultaneously, companies in traditional sectors such as consumer goods, finance, retail, and transportation are using technology in innovative ways to reach new customers and improve operational efficiency.

This new environment needs a new type of leader with deep technology knowledge, business acumen, and leadership, entrepreneurship, and communication skills. We believe Georgia Tech is uniquely positioned to develop such leaders, and the dual degree offering provides us the opportunity to do that.

If I drop out of my other graduate program, am I still eligible for dual degree?

If you have been admitted to the MBA program and then drop out of your other graduate program, you will need to complete the 54 MBA credit hours for the MBA degree. You have to complete your other graduate degree to also receive an MBA at the reduced 39 credit hours. If you are not pursuing another graduate degree, you are not eligible for the reduced 39 MBA credit hours.

MBA Curriculum & Schedule
Which of my M.S./Ph.D. courses are eligible to also count toward the MBA dual degree?

For students who have been admitted to the MBA program for dual degree, any College of Engineering or College of Computing courses can also count toward the MBA degree. Only 15 engineering/computing credits hours can also be applied toward the MBA.

I’ve already taken some MBA elective courses. Can I count these toward the MBA dual degree?

If you are NOT applying these MBA courses to your other graduate degree, yes, you can count them toward your 18 credit hours of MBA electives. If you ARE applying these MBA courses to your other graduate degree, you can count them as the 15 credits hours that double count; you will still need to take 18 credit hours of additional MBA electives. Only 15 credit hours can count toward both degrees.

What MBA courses can I take if I have not yet been admitted to the MBA program?

View a list of MBA electives that can be taken without core prerequisites. If you are not currently an MBA student, you will need to wait for any major restrictions to be removed toward the end of phase I registration or during the first week of classes.

Can I take more than two MBA courses during the first spring semester?

Yes, if your schedule permits, you can take more MBA electives. If you are a Full-time MBA student, all core classes must be taken during the day with the Full-time MBA cohort. View a list of MBA electives that can be taken without core prerequisites.

Can I take MBA courses during the summer?

If you have been admitted to the MBA program, you can take Evening MBA electives during the summer. However, current Evening MBA students have priority for summer courses. You will need to contact the graduate office to request permits to take these courses. Full-time MBA students must take all core classes during the day with the Full-time MBA cohort.

If you are an Evening MBA student, you will be able to take summer courses.

Can I take core MBA courses in the spring or summer?

Almost all Full-time MBA core courses are only taught in the fall; this is the only time they can be taken. Alternatively, a few MBA core courses are only taught in the spring. All of these core courses must be taken as part of the Full-time MBA cohort.

Can I take more MBA electives than the 18 hours required for dual degree?

Yes, you can take more MBA electives than what is required for dual degree. However, only 15 credit hours can count for both the MBA and your other graduate degree.

Do I have to complete a summer internship?

The summer internship is not required, but it is recommended for MBA students. The internship can also completed a different semester or the summer before starting the MBA program or the summer after completing the MBA core. The internship is recommended because it helps MBA students gain experience in a desired field before interviewing for full-time positions.

I want to register for an MBA elective, but it says there are major restrictions. What do I do?

If you are Full-time MBA student, you will not see a major restriction unless you are trying to register for an Evening MBA course. If this is the case, you will need to contact the MBA program office to request a permit to register.

If you are an Evening MBA student, you will only see a major restriction if you are trying to register for a Full-time MBA course. If this is the case, you will need to contact the MBA program office to request a permit to register.

If you are not currently an MBA student, you will need to wait for major restrictions to be removed toward the end of phase I registration or during the first week of classes. Major restrictions will only be removed for select MBA electives that do not have a prerequisite.

Admission Process
When during my other graduate degree should I apply to the MBA program?

You should apply to the MBA program during the year before you plan to start MBA core classes the next fall. For most students, this will be during their final year of their other degree's courses because the following year, they will focus on MBA courses. View the Full-time MBA application deadlines.

You may begin taking MBA electives that can be taken without core prerequisites in the spring after/while you apply prior to starting MBA core classes in the fall. Tip: If you apply by the round 1, October 15 deadline, you will guarantee a decision by December 15. Then you will already know whether you have been admitted and want to move forward taking MBA electives during the spring semester.

Do I need to tell my other program that I am also pursuing an MBA?

If you will be completing the MBA while still completing your other graduate degree, yes, your sponsor/advisor must give permission for you to also pursue an MBA. Students should also check with their funding agency regarding restrictions or conditions for funding.

Can I complete the MBA program as an Evening MBA student?

Yes, if you complete your other masters or Ph.D. degree prior to starting the MBA program, you can complete the Evening MBA program. In order to be eligible for dual degree, you must apply to the Evening MBA program before completing your other graduate degree, the start the MBA program after completing your other graduate degree.

If you plan to complete your other graduate degree concurrently with the MBA, you are only eligible for the Full-time MBA program. If you are a Full-time MBA student, you can occasionally take MBA electives in the evening. This will require special permission, but it is possible. You must already be admitted into the MBA program in order to do this. All MBA core classes must still be taken with the Full-time MBA cohort.

If I’ve already completed my M.S./Ph.D., can I still come back and complete dual degree?

No, in order to be eligible for dual degree, you must apply to the MBA program and be admitted BEFORE completing your other graduate degree. You can complete your M.S./Ph.D. before starting the MBA program, as long as you were admitted to the MBA program before you completed that degree.

In addition, you can defer your admission for one year after being admitted to MBA; this allows M.S./Ph.D. students to gain one additional year of work experience before beginning the MBA program. If you do plan to defer one year, please make this clear during the admission process.

Can I defer my MBA admission and start the program a little later?

You can defer your admission for one year after being admitted to MBA; this allows M.S./Ph.D. students to gain one additional year of work experience before beginning the MBA program. If you do plan to defer one year, please make this clear during the admission process.

How important is work experience?

Work experience is an important dimension in the MBA application process, but it is not the only criteria. The MBA experience is more valuable if you have professional experience and examples to relate to the issues discussed in the classroom.

For MBA admission, we recommend at least two years of professional post-undergraduate work experience. This is more important for M.S. students than for Ph.D. students for career placement because many companies recognize Ph.D.-level research as applicable work experience.

We realize many graduate students begin their program immediately after completing their undergraduate degree. If you do not have at least two years of professional work experience, you will need to show experience on your resume that can count as professional work experience. For example, co-op experience and graduate-level projects working with real companies may apply. Work experience will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. You may want to take advantage of the optional essay in the MBA application to give examples of professional work experience.

Another option is to defer your admission for one year after being admitted to MBA; this allows M.S./Ph.D. students to gain one additional year of work experience before beginning the MBA program. If you do plan to defer one year, please make this clear during the admission process. If you do plan to use that deferred year to gain work experience, this will be taken into account in the admission process.

What is different about the dual degree admission process vs. the regular MBA admission process?

For MBA admission, we accept both the GMAT and GRE. If Georgia Tech already has your valid GRE score, you do not need to resubmit this. In addition, you do not need any new letters of recommendation; we can use these letters from your previous application. However, if you think a new letter of recommendation would be helpful, you're welcome to submit a new letter as well. Contact us to learn more about applying to the MBA program under the dual degree option and to inquire about an application fee waiver.

Can I apply to the MBA program using my previous Georgia Tech application?

No, you will still need to complete the MBA application because there are different components than your previous application. However, if Georgia Tech already has your valid GRE score, you do not need to resubmit this. In addition, you do not need any new letters of recommendation; we can use these letters from your previous application. Contact us to learn more about applying to the MBA program under the dual degree option and to inquire about an application fee waiver.

Tuition and Funding
Are dual degree students eligible for MBA funding opportunities?

If you do not have funding from another program, yes, you will be eligible for MBA funding opportunities. If this will apply to you, you should apply by the round 1 (Oct. 15) or round 2 (Jan. 15) deadline for funding consideration. All applicants who apply for these deadlines will be considered for funding.

How does MBA tuition work with my other graduate tuition?

MBA tuition is higher than the standard graduate tuition rate at Georgia Tech; we refer to this amount as the MBA differential. The MBA differential is assessed differently for Full-time and Evening MBA students. Full-time MBA differential is charged per semester, and Evening MBA differential is charged per credit hour.

See the tuition and financing section for more information.