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What will I learn?

The Haslam College of Business and the Tickle College of Engineering offer an integrated program leading to the conferral of the Master of Business Administration degree with a major in Business Administration and the Master of Science with a major in Computer Science.

The establishment of the dual degree program addresses the critical need for personnel trained in both engineering and management who can integrate an increasingly complex body of knowledge for rapid introduction of new products to the marketplace. The objective of the dual degree program is to prepare graduates to take a leading management role in companies that must react quickly to a dynamic market where forces of competition require rapid changes via short cycles in design, manufacturing, and product development.

Options Available

Computer Science — Thesis, Project, or Course Only without Comprehensive Exam

Business Administration — Course Only without Comprehensive Exam

Admissions Standards/Procedures

  • Applicants for the MBA-MS program must make separate applications to and be accepted by Graduate Admissions for the Master of Business Administration, and Graduate Admissions for the Master of Science in Computer Science.
  • Students who are accepted into the MBA-MS program will be assigned an advisor in each of the two majors, who will be responsible for course approval and supervision of the students’ progress through the dual program.
  • Applications by United States citizens and permanent residents received after the MBA application deadline (February 1) will be considered as space allows. Additional information is required and different application dates are established by Graduate Admissions for international students.

Academic Standards

  • Dual degree candidates must satisfy the curriculum and graduation requirements of the Haslam College of Business and the Tickle College of Engineering.

Credit Hours Required

  • 60 or 63 credit hours of which
    • 36 credit hours of course work in the Haslam College of Business
    • 24 or 27 credit hours of course work in the Computer Science curriculum depending on the option chosen for the Master of Science:
      • Thesis Option (27 credit hours): 21 credit hours of course work plus 6 credit hours of COSC 500.
      • Project Option (24 credit hours): 21 credit hours of course work plus 3 credit hours of COSC 501.
      • Course Only without Comprehensive Exam Option (24 credit hours): 24 credit hours of course work.

Required Courses

  • Students meet the degree requirements as defined in the Master of Business Administration major and the Master of Science in the Computer Science major, including
    • Thesis Option: COSC 500 (6 credit hours)
    • Project Option: COSC 501 (3 credit hours)

Non-Course Requirements

  • Master of Science in Computer Science
    • Thesis Option – write and defend the thesis
    • Project Option – culminating experience in COSC 501
  • The student’s guidance committee should have representation from both the Computer Science and Business faculty to ensure that degree requirements for both the MBA and MS are fully met.

Which department am I in?

Herbert College of Agriculture

Study options

Full Time (60 or 63 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$31,139.00 per year
Master's: USD $31,139; MBA - Fall: USD $14,828; Spring: USD $14,828; Spring Mini-Term: USD $4,950; Fall II: USD $14,828
Start date

January 2022

Venue

Herbert College of Agriculture

2621 Morgan Circle,

126 Morgan Hall,

KNOXVILLE,

Tennessee,

37996, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency, recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEEA). A non-U.S.?degree must be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from the United States and must be granted by a recognized or accredited foreign institution. United States degree holders must have earned a minimum of 2.7 out of a possible 4.0 GPA or a minimum of 3.0 during the senior year of undergraduate study. If you have completed previous graduate coursework, you must have earned a minimum of 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 GPA.

For international students

Applicants must have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency. A non-U.S. degree must be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from the United States and must be accredited by its regional or national accreditation agency. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees must have earned a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or other equivalent to a ‘B’ average. If you have completed previous graduate coursework, you must have earned a minimum of 3.3 out of a possible 4.0 GPA or other equivalent to a ‘B+’ average.

An applicant requesting admission to the Graduate School may be required to submit results of the TOEFL or IELTS. Minimum score requirements for admission to the Graduate School are:

  • a total score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT),
  • a 6.5 overall band score on the IELTS.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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