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MBA Dual Degree Options

The MBA dual degree option allows students to combine an MBA with an MS or PhD degree in programs from the Georgia Tech Colleges of Engineering, Computing and Design. Pairing an MBA with another Georgia Tech graduate degree gives students a competitive advantage and a unique blend of skills to accelerate their career growth.

The world of business is being transformed through technology. This environment requires a new type of leader with deep technology knowledge, business acumen, leadership ability, an entrepreneurial mindset, and strong communication skills. MBA dual degree programs cultivate these types of business leaders.

Georgia Tech dual MBA degree programs allow students to count 15 credit hours from their MS/PhD courses toward their MBA elective requirements, reducing the time required to complete both degrees. Students can complete an MBA with 39 credit hours instead of 54 credit hours.

If you are not a current Georgia Tech student, you will need to complete a separate application for each program. Only one application can be open at a time, so you will need to submit one before starting the other. In some cases, it may be beneficial to start the non-MBA degree program before applying to the MBA program.

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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, College of Computing, or College of Design have two program format options. Both options allow students to reduce the time and cost to complete their MBA.

Full-time MBA Dual Degree Option
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 the dual degree option if a student will be pursuing an MBA while also completing another graduate degree.

Evening MBA Dual Degree Option
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 while completing an MBA. To be eligible for the reduced time and cost of the MBA dual degree option, students must apply to the Evening MBA program before graduating from their other degree program and start the MBA program after completing their other degree program. Students who have already graduated from another graduate program are eligible to apply to the Full-time and Evening MBA programs but are not eligible for the dual degree option.

Dual MBA Eligibility

Students who have been admitted to an MS or PhD program in the Georgia Tech Colleges of Engineering, Computing, or Design are eligible to pursue the dual degree option. This includes students in interdisciplinary programs between the three Colleges, such as the MS Analytics and Quantitative & Computational Finance (QCF) programs.

Students should apply to the MBA program before graduating from their other graduate degree program. In order to complete an MBA degree at the reduced 39 credit hours, students must also complete their other degree program first.

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

Program Structure

Students should complete most MS/PhD courses before starting the MBA program. The structure shown below is recommended, but students can complete the MBA requirements in other ways that best fit their schedule.

Full-time MBA Dual Degree Sample Schedule:

Full-time MBA Dual Degree Sample Schedule

Application and Admissions

Students who have been admitted to a Georgia Tech College of Engineering, Computing or Design graduate degree program can reuse letters of recommendation from their application. The MBA program accepts either the GMAT or GRE. If Georgia Tech has already received student's valid GRE score, they do not need to resubmit a test score.

Contact us to learn more about applying to the MBA program under the dual degree option, the GMAT and GRE test-optional policy, and an application fee waiver.

Full-time MBA Application Requirements

Applicants for the Full-time MBA program can apply by any of the application deadlines. However, applying by Round 1  guarantees a decision by the end of the calendar year. 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

Applicants for the Evening MBA program can apply by any of the application deadlines. Applicants are only eligible for the dual degree option if they apply to the Evening MBA program before completing their other graduate degree and if they 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 and Financing

MBA tuition is higher than the standard graduate tuition rate at Georgia Tech. The tuition amount above the standard graduate tuition rate is 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 three semesters, even if the student requires more than three 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 Bursar & Treasury Services website.
  2. Select the term of enrollment in the MBA program.
  3. Select the “Graduate Assistantship Rates” link.
  4. Your per semester tuition rate (the differential) is listed next to "Master in Business Administration (Dual Degree)."

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 an 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 the dual degree option.

Dual Degree FAQs

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