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Joint Degree Offerings

The College of Business offers four MBA joint degree programs through collaboration with other colleges on campus. Students must meet enrollment requirements for both programs. For more information about our joint-degree programs, please contact our MBA office: (618) 453-3030, or mba@business.siu.edu.

M.B.A./B.A. (Computer Science) Program

The College of Business in conjunction with the College of Science offers a five-year integrated M.B.A./B.A. (Computer Science) Program. Selected students will be admitted to this program directly after high school. These students should take the undergraduate foundation requirements for M.B.A. as their electives while completing their B.A. degree. Their admission to the M.B.A. is guaranteed as long as they maintain a 3.0 GPA in the B.A. in Computer Science. However, they will be required to take the GMAT test prior to admission to the M.B.A. Program.

M.B.A./J.D. Concurrent Degree Program

The College of Business and the School of Law, together, offer the M.B.A./J.D. concurrent degree program. The J.D. degree alone requires completion of 90 semester hours of coursework and the M.B.A. degree alone requires completion of 33 semester hours of coursework; however, in the M.B.A./J.D. concurrent degree program the School of Law accepts 9 semester hours of business coursework toward meeting the J.D. semester hour requirement and the College of Business accepts 9 semester hours of law toward meeting the M.B.A. semester hour requirement. The end result is that the concurrent degree program actually entails completion of 81 semester hours of law courses and 24 semester hours of business courses, with an 18 semester hours savings over pursuing both degrees separately outside of the M.B.A./J.D. concurrent degree program.

A student interested in enrolling in the M.B.A./J.D. concurrent degree program must apply both to the graduate program in law (which involves a law school application) and to the graduate program in business (which involves a Graduate School application and an M.B.A. program application) and be accepted by each program. The student may then request permission to pursue the concurrent degree program. This request must be made both to the College of Business and the School of Law and should be made prior to commencing the second-year law curriculum.

During the first academic year of concurrent work on the two degrees, the student enrolls only in the first-year law curriculum. In any subsequent academic term, the student may enroll for courses either in the School of Law or in the Master of Business Administration program. A student registered for both law and graduate business courses in the same term must enroll for a minimum of 10 hours in law, and 12 semester hours in total, in order to meet A.B.A. residence requirements and the academic requirements of the School of Law.

M.B.A./M.S. in Mass Communication and Media Arts Concurrent Degree Program

The College of Business and the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts (MCMA) together offer an MBA/Master of Science in Professional Media and Media Management degree. Participants will obtain an understanding of the global economic structure within contemporary media industries, along with conceptual and practical production skills.

The program prepares graduates for management positions in publishing, web, film and television including cable networks, advertising firms and media ratings corporations. Graduates also will be prepared for production positions for professional corporate or public media including documentary making, studio production and various other positions including producers, filmmakers, researchers and project or series development. Program graduates will also be ready for management roles with non-profit media and community arts organizations or non-governmental organizations.

The MBA program requires completion of 33 hours of coursework in addition to any foundation coursework that may be required; the M.S. in Professional Media and Media Management requires the completion of 30 hours of coursework. In the concurrent MCMA M.S. CoB MBA degree program, the College of Business accepts 9 semester hours of MCMA approved coursework, and MCMA accepts 9 semester hours of College of Business approved coursework. The end result is that the concurrent degree program entails completion of 24 semester hours of College of Business approved courses and 21 semester hours of MCMA approved courses, for a total of 45 hours; this is a savings of 18 semester hours over pursuing both degrees separately.

Students interested in enrolling in the M.S. in Professional Media and Media Management/MBA concurrent degree program must apply to both the graduate program in the College of Business and the graduate program in MCMA and be accepted by both programs. This initiates the process to pursue the concurrent degrees.

Students enrolled only in the MBA in the College of Business or the M.S. Professional Media and Media Management may request admission into the other program and approval to pursue the concurrent degree program. Admission to the concurrent degree program must be done at least one semester before the last semester of registration at SIU.

M.B.A./M.S. in Agribusiness Economics Concurrent Degree Program

The College of Business and the Department of Agribusiness Economics (ABE) in the College of Agricultural Sciences (COA) together offer an M.B.A./M.S., a concurrent degree program leading to both the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Science with a major in agribusiness economics.

The M.B.A. degree requires completion of 33 semester hours of coursework; the M.S. with a major in ABE requires the completion of 30 semester hours of coursework. In the concurrent M.B.A./M.S. degree program, the College of Business accepts 6 semester hours of ABE approved coursework, and ABE accepts 6 semester hours of College of Business approved coursework. The end result is that the concurrent degree program entails completion of 27 semester hours of College of Business approved courses and 24 semester hours of ABE approved courses, for a total of 51 hours; this is a savings of 12 semester hours over pursuing both degrees separately outside of the M.B.A./M.S. concurrent degree program.

Students interested in enrolling in the M.B.A./M.S. in agribusiness economics concurrent degree program must apply to both the graduate program in the College of Business and the graduate program in ABE. The student must be accepted by both programs. This initiates the process to pursue the concurrent degrees.

Students enrolled only in the M.B.A. in the College of Business or the M.S. in agribusiness economics may request admission into the other program and approval to pursue the concurrent degree program. Admission to the concurrent degree program must be done at least one semester before the last semester of registration at SIU.