MBA/Master of Science in Engineering

Are you seeking a fast-track management career with a signficant engineering and/or technological focus? The MBA/Master of Science (MS) in Engineering Dual-Degree Program is the answer, with full-time and part-time options available to suit your needs.

Offered by the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business and Swanson School of Engineering, the program enables students with an undergraduate degree in engineering or the hard sciences to pursue management roles in organizations with an engineering and/or technological focus. 

Solving problems in today's complex and dynamic global business environment requries more than just technical savvy or business acumen. Hence, manufacturing and service companies value graduates with both management and technical skills.

Requirements

The Katz Graduate School of Business and certain departments in the Swanson School of Engineering offer a dual MBA/MS program with the following requirements. Please note the courses outlined below are only for the MBA portion—please see the Swanson School of Engineering programs page and view the options under Dual Programs to find the MBA/MS programs and information about courses and requirements for specific engineering departments.

  • 39 of the total 48 required credits for an MBA degree include a) 27 credits of MBA core courses, b) 3 credits for the MBA professional and technical development program, c) 7.5 credits of electives, and d) 1.5 credits for the interdisciplinary project course.
  • An additional 9 credits from the student's MS in Engineering program will be carefully chosen by the student's MBA and MS advisors to complement his/her educational and professional objectives and will count toward completion of the MBA degree.
  • 25.5 credits of graduate-level coursework are required in engineering. 

The required coursework may include an industry project carried out under the joint supervision of business and engineering faculty that enables the student to apply the skills learned in the classroom to a real-life situation. For full-time students, the project will, as far as possible, take the form of a summer internship with a company (in the summer after completion of the first year in the program). This project will be worth three credits, 1.5 each toward the MBA and MS Engineering degree requirements.

The full-time option can be completed in two academic years, whereas the part-time option may typically require a period of four to five years.

View and download the full-time MBA/MS in Engineering degree requirements and curriculum plan »

Courses

Year One, Fall (15 credits)

A solid foundation of organizational and strategic management principles.

Course Credits
BQOM 2401 Statistical Analysis: Uncertainty, Prediction, and Quality Improvement 3
BACC 2401 Financial Accounting 3
BFIN 2409 Financial Management 1 1.5
BMKT 2409 Marketing Management 1.5

Year One, Spring (16.5 credits)

A solid foundation of organizational and strategic management principles.

Course Credits
BQOM 2421 Decision Technologies in Manufacturing and Operations Management 1.5
BSEO 2401 Business Ethics and Social Performance 1.5
BMIS 2409 Information Systems 1.5

Year Two, Fall (15 credits)

Real-world internship experience, management simulations, and focused electives.

Course Credits
BIND 2200 Integrated Project for MBA/MS In Engineering Program  
BECN 2401 Economic Analysis for Managerial Decision: Firms and Markets 3
BOAH 2409 Organizational Behavior: Leadership and Group Effectiveness 1.5

Year Two, Spring (15 credits)

Real-world internship experience, management simulations, and focused electives.

Course Credits
BIND 2444 Management Simulation Capstone 3
BSPP 2409 Strategic Management 1.5