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Graduate Study Manual

M.S./M.B.A. Program

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Business Administration have jointly established a program leading to the degrees of Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Master of Business Administration. The two degrees are awarded on the basis of ninety-two hours of coursework (60 for MBA).

Students interested in earning the two degrees jointly must meet the admission standards of the Graduate College and must be accepted by both Departments. Each Department maintains separate control over its admissions, programs, and degree awards. However, the degrees are awarded simultaneously after the requirements of both degree programs have been met. At any time, the student is enrolled in one or the other degree program, and must transfer from one program to another via a petition to the Graduate College.

The M.S. degree program requirements have been stated earlier in this manual. All of these requirements must be satisfied. Registration in The ECE Colloquium (ECE 500) is required while enrolled in the M.S. program. As stated in the M.S. degree program requirements, a student must earn twenty 500-level ECE hours, of which eight hours are thesis credit in ECE 599.

To complete the MBA part of the joint degree, students must register as an MBA student for three semesters (60 hours) and complete the following coursework:

  1. Forty hours of first-year MBA core (completed in one continuous academic year).
  2. Twenty hours of MBA elective coursework to fulfill the requirements of a professional concentration (finance, marketing, information technology management, general or operations management).

There are two phases of the joint MSECE/MBA program. The first-year Illinois MBA core program consists of four integrated seven-week modules and two one-week Applying Business Perspectives Seminars.

FIRST YEAR - 40 hours

First Semester

Course Numbers and Names
Hours
1st 8 weeks
 
MBA 501: Foundations of Business I
10
2nd 8 weeks
 
MBA 502: Foundations of Business II
     includes ABP I: Applied Business Perspectives Seminar
10
MBA 500: Issues in Business
0
Total:
20

Second Semester

Course Numbers and Names
Hours
1st 8 weeks
 
MBA 503: Principles and Processes of Management I
     includes ABP II: Applied Business Perspectives Seminar
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6
MBA 505: Topics in Management
2
MBA 505: Topics in Management
2
2nd 8 weeks
 
MBA 504: Principles and Processes of Management II
6
MBA 505: Topics in Management
2
MBA 505: Topics in Management
2
Total:
20

After completing their first year in the MBA program, students take at least sixteen hours of business electives to fulfill the requirements of a professional track plus a four hour 500-level business elective. Complete details can be obtained from either department.

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