Professionals with a broad understanding of business, leadership and strategy are in high demand by today’s leading organizations. The Graduate School of Business is an early leader among academic institutions by offering students a clear path to acquire these skills.
The Dual Degree option delivers a powerful combination of broad leadership knowledge and deep business expertise. MBA students may simultaneously pursue any of the school's specialized masters degrees.
Up to 12 credits in courses at the 600 level or higher may be applied to fulfill requirements for both programs. (The shared credit is not available for students enrolled in two masters degree programs.)
The dual degree option offers the combination of general management skills (MBA) with deep expertise in a specific business field (MS), to enhance an individual's competitive advantage in the marketplace. Most of the masters degrees can be combined with an MBA.
Under the dual degree option, current Bentley students and alumni/ae may be eligible to transfer up to 12 credits (600-level or higher) toward a second degree, linking a masters degree and an MBA. Sharing of credits is only an option between the MBA and one masters degree. There is no sharing between masters degrees. It is recommended that MBA students choose a masters program in their concentration area; likewise, masters degree students and alumni/ae should select a concentration that relates to their masters degree. Students might, for instance, apply four of their Masters of Information Technology courses toward an MBA concentration in Information Technology.
Eligible courses are those taken within the last five years that meet the requirements of the new degree program. Interested students are encouraged to speak with a representative in the Graduate Student and Academic Services Office prior to submitting an application. Staff will evaluate completed courses and determine the number of courses that will be required to complete a Dual Degree.
Interested candidates should submit the following documents to the Graduate Student and Academic Services Office 30 days prior to the start of the term in which the candidate wishes to enroll in a dual degree program.
- Dual Degree Application for Current Students
- One Essay (Please refer to the application for details about the focus of the essay.)
- Current Resume
Students whose previous degree accepted the CPA, GRE or evidence of passing the bar in lieu of the GMAT must submit GMAT scores for acceptance to the Dual Degree Option if applying to a degree that requires the GMAT.
- Students whose previous degree accepted the CPA, GRE or evidence of passing the bar in lieu of the GMAT, must submit GMAT scores for acceptance to the Dual Degree Option if applying to a degree that requires the GMAT
- International students must meet with the Office of International Student and Scholar Services if accepted to the second degree to clarify Visa status etc.
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to have an application reviewed.
- No application will be reviewed until first semester grades are posted.
Notification of Admission Status
The Office of Graduate Student and Academic Services will review current student applications for admission to the Dual Degree option. During the review process, up to four courses (12 credits) from the student’s current degree will be evaluated for credit toward the second degree. Candidates will be notified in writing of their admission status within two to three weeks of application submission.