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MBA

Dual Degree

The MBA dual degree option allows students to combine an MBA with an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in programs within the Colleges of Engineering and Computing. Pairing an MBA with another Georgia Tech graduate degree gives students a competitive advantage and a unique blend of skills to accelerate their careers.

The world of business is being transformed through technology. This new environment needs a new type of leader with deep technology knowledge, business acumen, leadership ability, an entrepreneurial mindset, and strong communication skills. The dual degree option focuses on creating these business leaders for companies in the 21st century.

The dual degree option allows students to count 15 credit hours from their M.S./Ph.D. courses toward their MBA elective requirements, reducing the time required to complete both degrees. Thus, students can complete an MBA with 39 credit hours instead of 54 credit hours.

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Two Ways to Earn an MBA

Students interested in pursuing an MBA in addition to another graduate degree within the Georgia Tech College of Engineering or College of Computing have two program format options. Both options allow students to reduce the time and cost to complete the MBA.

Full-time MBA
Students who plan to pursue an MBA concurrently with another graduate degree should apply to the Full-time MBA program. This is the only way to pursue an MBA through dual degree if students will be pursuing an MBA while also completing their other graduate degree.

Evening MBA
Students who plan to complete an MBA after completing another graduate degree are eligible for the Evening MBA program. This structure is designed for those who will be working in Atlanta and want to complete the MBA while continuing to work. To be eligible for the reduced time and cost through dual degree, students must apply to the Evening MBA program before graduating from their other degree and start the MBA program after completing their other graduate degree. Students who have already graduated from another graduate program are eligible to apply to either MBA program, but are not eligible for dual degree.

Eligibility

Students who have been admitted to an M.S. or Ph.D. program in the Georgia Tech College of Engineering or College of Computing are eligible to pursue the dual degree option. This includes students in interdisciplinary programs where the two colleges participate, such as the M.S. programs in Analytics and Quantitative & Computational Finance.

In order to complete an MBA degree at the reduced 39 credit hours, students must also complete their other degree program.

In addition, applicants should be competitive with the current pool of MBA applicants in order to be admitted to the MBA program. To learn more, view the Full-time MBA class profile or Evening MBA class profile.

Students pursuing the dual degree option should apply to the MBA program before graduating from their other graduate program.

Program Structure

Students should complete most M.S./Ph.D. courses before starting the MBA program. The structure shown below is recommended, but students can complete the MBA requirements in other ways that fit their schedule better.

Full-time MBA Dual Degree Sample Schedule:

Full-time MBA Dual Degree Sample Schedule

Application & Admissions

Students who have been admitted to a Georgia Tech College of Engineering or College of Computing graduate program can reuse letters of recommendation from a previous application. If Georgia Tech already has a student's valid GRE score, they do not need to resubmit a test score. (The MBA program accepts either GMAT or GRE.) Contact us to learn more about applying to the MBA program under the dual degree option and to inquire about an application fee waiver.

Full-time MBA application requirements and deadlines

Applicants for the Full-time MBA program should apply by any of the Full-time MBA deadlines. However, applying by round 1 (October 15) guarantees a decision by December 15. If admitted, students can then begin taking select MBA electives during the spring semester prior to officially beginning in the fall.

Evening MBA application requirements and deadlines

Applicants for the Evening MBA program should apply by any of the Evening MBA deadlines. Applicants are only eligible for dual degree through the Evening MBA program if they apply to the Evening MBA program before completing their other graduate degree and start the Evening MBA program after completing their other graduate degree. Applicants who plan to complete the MBA concurrently with another graduate degree are only eligible for the Full-time MBA program.

Tuition & Financing

MBA tuition is higher than the standard graduate tuition rate at Georgia Tech; we refer to this amount above the standard graduate tuition rate as the MBA differential. The total tuition for any semester that a dual degree student (without a graduate assistantship) is enrolled in the Full-time MBA program will be the standard graduate tuition rate plus the MBA differential. (Dual degree students with graduate assistantships see below.)

The MBA differential will apply for a maximum of four semesters, even if the student requires more than four semesters to complete the MBA requirements.

Dual degree students who are granted graduate assistantships from departments outside the Scheller College of Business will receive their tuition waivers from those departments and will be responsible for paying an adjusted MBA differential for semesters enrolled in the MBA program (for a maximum of four semesters).

Students who have been granted these non-Scheller graduate assistantships should use these steps to view the tuition rate they will be charged during MBA program enrollment:

  1. Visit the Tuition and Fees page on the Bursar's website.
  2. Select the term of enrollment in the MBA Program.
  3. Select the “GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP RATES” link in the middle of the list.
  4. Your per semester tuition rate (the differential) is listed next to "Master in Business Administration (Dual Degree)".

Please note that the tuition rates can change each academic year so you should check the website noted above to confirm tuition for each term of MBA program enrollment. Please check with your graduate assistantship supervisor to ensure you will be allowed to retain your graduate assistantship while enrolled as a dual degree student with the MBA program.

If you're completing the MBA after graduating from your other graduate degree, standard Full-time MBA or Evening MBA tuition will apply. You must apply to the MBA program prior to completing your other graduate degree in order to be eligible for the reduced credit hours through dual degree.

Dual Degree FAQs

To learn more about Georgia Tech dual degree, or if you have any questions, contact us online or call us at 404.894.8722.