Joint MS/MBA Program



The joint MS/MBA program allows our graduate students to earn a combination of a master’s level specialist degree and an MBA together. Both degrees separately would require 89 semester credit hours total (36 + 53), but in the joint program students can earn both degrees with 63 semester credit hours total.

Joint Degree Requirements

Note: To apply for this degree program, an undergrad business degrees is not required (all undergraduate majors welcome).

Students first complete their 36 semester credit hours master’s program. Then, students begin to accumulate the remaining required core hours for the MBA. Students first take into account the courses already taken in their MS degree and then add in MBA core courses and electives to reach a total of 63 semester credit hours (specific details with respect to program specific courses and combined program coursework can be obtained from the advising office). Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the core courses for both degrees and in aggregate to qualify for one or the other or both degrees.

Admission Requirements

Students pursuing the joint MS-MBA must meet the admission requirements for both programs, and submit all of the required documents. Please visit the UT Dallas’s general admission requirements for more information.

Candidates interested in combining the Full-Time MBA Program with an MS Degree will not apply to the MS Program until they are already admitted to the MBA Program or Professional Evening Cohort MBA. These candidates are encouraged to contact the Full-Time MBA Program Office for more information on the process as it differs from the general requirements for the MS/MBA Program.

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General Program Overview
  • How long does it take to complete both degrees together?
  • Taking 9 credit hours per semester, the combined MS-MBA program of 63 credit hours can take as little as seven semesters or two and a half years to complete, as we have three semesters per year in our academic calendar.

  • Is there a limit on the number of credit hours I can take per semester?
  • During each long semester, the normal course load for a full-time graduate student including those supported as a Teaching or Research Assistant is 9 semester credit hours.

    The maximum allowed graduate course load in any given semester is 18 semester credit hours.

    Registration in excess of this maximum must have the recommendation of the graduate advisor and approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies and will be permitted only under exceptional circumstances. F-1 students must take 9 credit hours per semester to satisfy visa requirements.

  • Are there any special requirements to complete both degrees?
  • No, there are no special requirements in the joint program. To earn both degrees students must satisfy all the core requirements for both degrees. The MBA core is 29 total credit hours.

  • What is the tuition for the MS-MBA Program?
  • Tuition is based on residency status and the number of credit hours you take per semester. The tuition for the program at 63 total semester credit hours (taking 9 credit hours per semester for 7 semesters) for Texas-resident is approximately $42,000 and for non-Texas resident is about $75,000. Please visit the UT Dallas bursar office for more information.

  • If I decide later to join the program, how do I do that?
  • Students can easily switch to the joint program after they arrive on campus by filling out a one-page “Change of Major Form.”

  • Which type of MBA degree will I receive under the joint program?
  • The MBA for this program is the Professional MBA, and it is the same as all of our MBA degrees. As with the MS degrees, classes for the PMBA are offered both during the day and at night and students can pursue their degrees on either a part-time or full-time basis.

  • Will I get just one diploma with both degrees on it?
  • This program will give you two degrees and two diplomas, one for your Master of Science degree, and one for the MBA. Students receive both degrees at graduation at the end of their program of study.

  • Can I decide not to go on and get my MBA after I complete my MS degree?
  • You have the right to decide whether you want to keep pursuing the MBA after you finish your MS degree. You are not required to earn an MBA degree. However, you will have to switch your major back to the M.S. program in the semester before you plan to graduate to receive that degree and diploma at that time.

  • Which program should I take first, the MS or the MBA?
  • Students are advised to concentrate first on their MS degree, and then continue to pursue the additional courses necessary for an MBA degree.

    Admission Requirements/Procedures
  • Shouldn’t I have at least three years of work experience before enrolling in an MBA program?
  • Many students believe they should have work experience before studying for an MBA, however, we do not require any work experience for our Professional MBA.

  • If I plan to join the program, how does it affect my I-20 and application for a visa?
  • If you have already applied for and received an I-20 based on your acceptance into a Master of Science program, you can apply for your visa with your existing I-20. You should wait until you arrive on campus to add the MBA program under the joint MS-MBA.