Dual Degree Opportunities

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and the School of Art and Design offer a dual degree program enabling a small number of qualified persons to pursue concurrent work in Business Administration and Art & Design, leading to the MBA and MFA degrees.
 
The program is arranged so that all requirements for both degrees are completed in four years of enrollment. The degrees are awarded simultaneously.
 
Students registered in the first year of either program may apply. Both programs admit for fall term only.
 
Students admitted to this dual degree program must satisfy the following requirements:

1) 45 Business Administration credits, made up of:

  • Roughly 30 credit hour MBA core (no credit is awarded for Business Administration core courses successfully waived: credit must be earned with Business electives);
  • Roughly 15 elective hours in Business Administration;
  • MBA Communication Requirement.

2) The MFA 72 credit hour degree program including:

  • minimum 60 credit hours of ARTDES courses;
  • 12 hours of transferable credit hours from the School of Business Administration.

The total credit hours for the dual degree must be at least 108 (or 111 credit hours if an A&D student begins the dual degree program in the second year of the A&D curriculum).
 
Each school will apply its own deferred admission standards to students who elect to take the first year in the other school. Students who wish to begin with Art & Design should see a counselor in the Business School to arrange an appropriate plan of study. No course work completed prior to admission in either of the two halves of the program may be counted toward the MBA requirements of the dual program.
 
Candidates interested in the dual program must file separate applications to and be admitted by both schools. Applicants must indicate on both applications that they are applying for this specific dual degree program.

Students will register for courses under the Ross School of Business for four full terms and under Rackham for four full terms. For example, a student would register for Years 1 & 3 under Business and Years 2 & 4 under Rackham. Students should see a counselor to determine an appropriate plan of study.
  
Please see below for sample plans of this dual degree program.
 

SAMPLE PLAN 1
Starting at Business School
 
Year 1
 
Fall Term Courses Credits
Accounting 502 2.25
Marketing 503 2.25
Business Economics 502 2.25
Strategy 502 2.25
OMS 502 2.25
Finance 503 or 513 2.25
ARTDES 600 3
Total

16.5

 
Winter Term Courses Credits
Accounting 552 2.25
Operations Mgt 552 2.25
MAP BA 553 7.5
Business Electives 3.0
Total 15
 
Year 2
 
Fall Term Courses Credits
MO 503
2.25
Strategy 503 1.5
ARTDES 700 3
ARTDES 610
6
Total 12.75
 
Winter Term Courses Credits
Bus Electives
4.5
ARTDES 700
3
ARTDES 611 6
Total

13.5


Year 3
 
Fall Term Courses Credits
Bus Electives 3.75
ARTDES 700 3
ARTDES 710 6
Total

12.75

 
Winter Term Courses Credits
Bus Electives 4.5
ARTDES 700 3
ARTDES 711 6
Total

13.5

 
Year 4

Fall Term Courses Credits
ARTDES 800 3
ARTDES 810 6
ARTDES 898 3
Total

12



Winter Term Courses Credits
ARTDES 811 6
ARTDES 899 3
Bus Electives 3
Total

12

 
SAMPLE PLAN 2
Starting at Art & Design
 
Year 1
 
Fall Term Courses Credits
ARTDES 600 3
ARTDES 610 6
ARTDES Cognate (Elective) 3
Total 12
 
Winter Term Courses Credits
ARTDES 700 3
ARTDES 611 6
ARTDES Cognate (Elective)
3
Total 12

Year 2
 
Fall Term Courses Credits
Accounting 502 2.25
Marketing 503 2.25
OMS 502 2.25
Strategy 502 2.25
Finance 503 or 513 2.25
ARTDES 700 3.00
BE 502 2.25
Total 16.50
 
Winter Term Courses Credits
Accounting 552 2.25
Operations Management Science 552 2.25
MAP BA 553 7.5
Business Electives 3
Total 15

Year 3
 
Fall Term Courses Credits
Business Elective 2.25
Strategy 503 1.5
MO 503 2.25
ARTDES 700
3
ARTDES 710
6
Total 15
 
Winter Term Courses Credits
ARTDES 700 3
ARTDES 711 6
Business Electives 4.5
Total 13.5


Year 4

Fall Term Courses Credits
ARTDES 800 3
ARTDES 810 6
ARTDES 898 3
Business Electives 3
Total 15

Winter Term Courses Credits
ARTDES 811 6
ARTDES 899 3
Business Electives 3
Total 12

 

Note: At least four terms of full-time enrollment must be completed in Business Administration. Full-time enrollment is defined as 9 credit hours or more of coursework per term.