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Combined Masters/MBA Degrees

Stony Brook University offers several combined master’s degrees in conjunction with the MBA. These innovative programs allow students to pursue two master’s degrees concurrently, and in some cases reduce the credits if the program were being taken separately. With MBA combined master’s degrees, the application process typically begins with the department of the non-MBA master’s program. Please be sure to inquire about this when you are applying to a combined degree program.

 

Master’s in Public Health/MBA

In collaboration with the College of Business, the Program in Public Health offers a combined MBA/ MPH degree which prepares students for a management career in public health. The MBA/MPH program includes about 20 credits of overlap, which reduces the total number of credits in the combined program to 81. Students select an MPH concentration in Health Analytics, Health Policy and Management, or Community Health. Students receive both degrees upon completion of the entire program. Click here to see what an alum from the MBA/MPH program has to say.

Special Note: Students in the combined MBA/ MPH program pay the graduate MBA tuition rate. For more information visit: http://www.stonybrook.edu/bursar/tuition/mba.shtml.

Admissions Requirements

Students who wish to be considered for admission into the combined MBA/ MPH program must comply with all admission requirements for the MPH degree alone. The MPH Admissions Committee reviews completed applications initially and recommends eligible applicants to the College of Business Admissions Committee, respectively, for final approval. MBA/ MPH applicants may submit GMAT scores in lieu of GRE scores. For more information about this program, contact the MPH Academic Coordinator at (631) 444-2074.

For the combined MBA/MPH Suggested Plans of Study, click the following links.

For the combined MBA/MPH Advising Sheets, click the following links.

 

MA in Public Policy/MBA

The joint MAPP/MBA program is a 66 to 71 credit program which combines 24 to 27 credits taken in the Department of Political Science and 42 to 45 credits taken in the College of Business. The combined degree is approximately 21 credits shorter than the two programs would be if taken independently.

With the increasing political and economic interdependence of the private and public sectors, students pursuing careers in business would benefit from a deeper understanding of public policy and its impact on the finances and management of most businesses. At the same time, students pursuing careers in government or government-related fields will clearly benefit from understanding the multi-faceted financial and organizational imperatives of modern business enterprises.

Most graduates from this combined degree are expected to find employment in the public sector, as well as in private firms strongly impacted by government regulation and other interventions, for example: real estate, banking and the many industries that depend heavily on government contracts.

Requirements/Application Instructions:

You must either be a newly admitted student in or entering your first semester of the MBA or MAPP program or have completed 12 or less credits in either program. You must have taken either the GRE or GMAT exams. Accepted students will be required to begin taking courses for both programs in their first semester as a Dual MA student. If you are a newly admitted or current student in the MAPP program who meets this criteria and wish to be considered for this dual master’s degree program, please contact Carri Horner to have your file sent to the College of Business for consideration. If you are a newly admitted or current student in the MBA program who meets this criteria and wishes to be considered for this dual master’s degree program, please contact Joyce Gibson in the College of Business. Please visit the Political Science website for additional information about the Public Policy curriculum.

MS Computer Science/MBA

The combined MSCS/MBA program is a 64 credit program including 28 credits taken in the Department of Computer Science and 36 credits taken in the College of Business. This degree is designed to provide MSCS students with a broad business education, which will increase their value to the firms where they will apply their information technology skills. The combined degree will position these students to assume leadership roles in these firms.

In the combined degree, students will gain not only technical knowledge provided in the MSCS program but the ability to put that technical knowledge to use in business applications. Graduates of the combined program will be highly sought after by businesses. The vast majority of the graduates of MSCS already pursue careers in business, and with an MBA, they will be even more valuable to these businesses.

This combined program has identified courses with subject matter that is essential to both degree programs. As a result, we are giving graduates of this combined degree a broader education than students would obtain by taking only one of these programs.

Admissions Process

Admission decisions for the combined degree program will be made separately by each program's admissions committee. An applicant may originate the application in either department or may already be admitted to one or the other program. The candidate would have to be approved by both admissions committees to gain admission to the combined program.

Completion of Program

Completion of the MSCS/MBA requires 64 credits, comprised of required foundation courses, advanced technical courses and either a project or thesis (6 or 9 credits) and a 6 credit internship or research paper. The MBA program would allow four of the following courses in Computer Science to substitute for four electives in the MBA General Management concentration (CSE 509: Computer System Security, CSE 515: Introduction to Transaction Processing, CSE 532: Theory of Database Systems, CSE 529: AMS 533: Simulation and Modeling, CSE 534: Fundamentals of Computer Networks, CSE 611: Transaction Processing, CSE 616: Digital Multimedia Systems, CSE 622: Advanced Database Systems, CSE 634: Data Mining Concepts and Techniques) Computer Science would accept MBA 574 Project Management as an advanced technical elective course in its MS program.

 

MS Mechanical Engineering/MBA

The joint MS Mechanical Engineering/MBA program is a 72 credit program including 27 credits taken in the Mechanical Engineering department and 45 credits taken in the College of Business. We count two courses in both programs because their subject matter overlaps both disciplines.

Admissions Process

The admissions process starts with an application to the MS in Mechanical Engineering program. Please indicate that you would like to participate in the joint MBA degree program. Those applicants accepted by the Mechanical Engineering Department for the MS degree are then forwarded to the College of Business for review and approval. The College of Business accepts the admissions information required of the Mechanical Engineering program so that applicants will not have to provide any further information or take any additional tests for the joint program. We expect students seeking to enter the joint degree to address their interests in such a program in their personal statement, which is part of all graduate student applications.

Completion of Program

To complete the MS in the joint degree, students must take MEC 585 (Total Quality Management) and MBA 589 (Operations Management) along with 8 (non-thesis option) or 5 (thesis option) MEC approved courses. MEC 585 and MBA 589 will be double counted in both degrees reducing the combined 30+48 credits by 6 for a total of 72 credits.

Upon completion of the entire program, students will receive both degrees. If any joint degree student elects for any reason not to complete the joint degree program, but completes the degree requirements for one of the programs, the student would receive a degree in the completed program. For instance, if a student in the joint degree program decides after the first semester not to pursue the MBA but completes all the requirements of the MS degree - 10 MS courses or 7 courses plus a thesis, the student would receive an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering. The converse would be true if a student completes the degree requirements for the MBA but elects not to complete the MS portion of the joint degree.

 

MS Biomedical Engineering/MBA

The joint MS/MBA program is a 76 credit program including 31 credits taken in the Biomedical Engineering department and 48 credits taken in the College of Business, with one course in the business of bioscience counting in both programs. The program also requires that students complete a paid, non-credit summer internship in the bioscience industry.

Admissions Process

The admissions process starts with an application to the MS in Biomedical Engineering program. Please indicate that you would like to participate in the joint MBA degree program. Those applicants accepted by the Biomedical Engineering Department for the MS degree are then forwarded to the College of Business for review and approval. The College of Business accepts the admissions information required of the Biomedical Engineering program so that applicants will not have to provide any further information or take any additional tests for the joint program. We expect students seeking to enter the joint degree to address their interests in such a program in their personal statement, which is part of all graduate student applications.

Completion of Program

Students in the MS in Biomedical Engineering have the option of taking one of the following courses to complete the degree requirement: BME 509 Fundamentals of the Bioscience Industry, MBA 511 Technological Innovation, MBA 506 Leadership, Team Effectiveness and Communications, or MBA 589 Operations Management. Whichever course is chosen from the above will be counted towards both degrees.

To complete the MS in the joint degree, students must take MEC 585 (Total Quality Management) and MBA 589 (Operations Management) along with 8 (non-thesis option) or 5 (thesis-option) MEC approved courses. MEC 585 and MBA 589 will be double counted in both degrees reducing the combined 30+48 credits by 6 for a total of 72 credits.

Upon completion of the entire program, students will receive both degrees. Because the MS portion of the joint degree program is completed first, if a student decided to leave prior to completing the MBA portion of the degree, that student would be eligible to receive the MS degree provided that the student completed the MS degree requirements.

 

MA Art History & Criticism/MBA

The combined MA in Art History & Criticism/MBA is a 69 credit program including a minimum of 21 credits taken in the Department of Art and 48 credits taken in the College of Business. The combined degree program is 15 credits shorter than the two programs taken independently.

With decreasing support for the arts and the interdependence of the private and public sectors, students pursuing careers in museums, galleries, non-profit institutes, corporations with an art collection and other arts-related organizations, will benefit from knowledge and experience in the multi-faceted financial and organizational imperatives of modern business enterprises. We expect most graduates from this combined degree program to find employment in not-for-profits, including government organizations and public institutions, but also in private sector firms with a strong interest in or component involved with the visual arts. These firms and institutions are often strongly impacted by government regulation, world and national economics, public policy, and private endeavors, for example: government and private funding, professional arts organizations, private donations, museum administration, education.

Admissions Process

Admissions decisions to the combined program will be made by a joint committee made up of faculty from the business and arts program. To gain admission to the combined degree, a student will have to be approved by faculty from both departments. The Admissions Committee of the MBA program agrees to accept the GRE test score for admission. Students may originate the application process in either program and whichever program reviews the application first, it will send all approved applications for review to the other committee for admission to the combined program.

Completion of Program

The current MA program requires 36 credits to complete (12 courses). The 36 credits are comprised of 9 credits of required art history and criticism courses, 3 credits Teaching Practicum, a minimum of 6 credits of ARH electives, and a minimum of 6 credits of elective courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences outside the department. Three to six credits are permitted for the MA thesis. There is a comprehensive exam that must be passed as well as a foreign language reading requirement. The MBA program requires 48 credits.

In the combined degree program, MA students would substitute courses offered in the MBA program for 9 credits of outside electives in the Humanities and Social Sciences, for the 3 credits Teaching Practicum (unless the student decides s/he wishes teaching experience), and for 3 of the 6 credits for the thesis. The total minimally available MA credits for substitution are 15 credits.

Students would receive both degrees upon completion of the entire program. Because the MA portion of the dual degree program is completed first, if students leave prior to completing the MBA portion of the degree, they would receive the MA degree in Art History and Criticism provided they completed all the regular MA degree requirements.

 

MD/MBA

The College of Business and the Medical School have created a combined MD/MBA program. The purpose of the combined degree program is to prepare students for a management career in the health care field. The MD/MBA program combines a 4 year MD degree and a 48 credit MBA degree. It includes 6 credits of overlap (see below for details).

Admissions Process

The admissions process starts with an application to the Graduate Program in Medicine. Please indicate that you wish to participate in the combined degree program. Those applicants accepted by the Graduate Program in Medicine for the MD degree are then forwarded to the College of Business for review and approval. The College of Business accepts the admissions information required by the Medical School so that applicants will not have to take any additional tests for the combined program. The only information that you will need to send directly to the College of Business are official copies of your transcripts from all institutions of higher learning. Official transcripts are kept on file both at the Medical School and the West Campus Graduate School. We expect students seeking to enter the combined degree program to address their interests in such a program in their personal statement, which is part of all graduate student applications.

Completion of Program

Students in the combined MD/MBA degree complete MBA courses including finance, financial accounting, marketing, leadership, technological innovation, operations management, ethics and law, and business planning. Students are expected to either complete the majority of their MBA degree prior to starting their Medical degree or after they have completed the medical degree. Due to the rigorous structure of the medical program you should not be taking classes from both programs during a given semester. There are two courses that overlap between both programs to integrate the two degrees. These courses are MBA 507 - Ethics and Law and MBA 522 - Industry Project which will be taken as electives in the medical program and will also count towards the MBA degree. Students receive both degrees upon completion of the entire program. If a student decides to leave before completing both degrees, he or she would receive the MD or MBA if he or she completed the course requirements for one of the degrees.

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