Students who are considering pursuing a graduate degree program at UM-Ann
Arbor which is not currently an established MBA dual degree may be eligible
to pursue a Student Initiated Dual Degree (SIDD) with the MBA and should review the below information and policies carefully.
Applicants interested in a Student Initiated Dual Degree program with the MBA
must file separate applications to and be admitted by both programs
independently. Visit Admissions for
information on the Ross MBA. Keep in mind:
Students must apply and be
admitted to the
second degree program within the first half of their initial degree program to
be eligible for a Ross dual degree. It is recommended that students speak with an advisor in both
programs during the Admission process to ensure that both schools will
be open to the pursuit of the SIDD.
Once admitted to both programs, students may submit the
SIDD application to
Ross Academic Services. Approval of one’s proposed SIDD plan is not
guaranteed, and each student plan must follow specific rules. Student
Initiated Dual Degree programs, which are reviewed on a case by case basis,
must be approved by both program departments.
Students approved for a SIDD program must complete degree
requirements for both programs and degrees must be awarded simultaneously.
Completion of both colleges’ requirements results in two different degree
citations on the transcript and in two separate diplomas.
The MBA SIDD program requirements include:
A minimum of 45 Business Administration credits, made up of:
The (roughly) 30 credit hour MBA core curriculum (No credit is
awarded for Business Administration core courses successfully waived -
those credits must be replaced with Business electives. See
for specific core requirements)
Roughly 15 elective hours in Business Administration
MBA Communication Requirement
Successful completion of the partner program's degree requirements.
List of required courses and credits to be set and approved by program
A minimum number of total combined credits are required (Ross credits
and partner program credits). For each SIDD program there will be a maximum number of credits that may
be “double counted” (number varies by program; to be agreed upon by the two
programs’ advisors). No more than one-sixth (1/6) of the total combined
required credits may be double counted. See
Dual Degree advisor at Ross for
details; Rackham students may refer to the
Rackham Student Handbook for
For most three year MBA dual programs, students spend one year enrolled (and
paying tuition) under one school and a second year enrolled under the second school
(e.g. Rackham). In the
third year, students combine courses from both schools and will enroll for one
term under Ross and one term under the second school. Students should see an
advisor to determine an appropriate plan of study, keeping the following Ross
policies in mind:
Each term, students should be enrolled for all classes under just one school’s
registration in Wolverine Access.
Full-Time MBA dual degree students must enroll under the Business
Administration career in Wolverine Access for a minimum of 3 terms of full-time
enrollment (full-time enrollment is defined as 9 credit hours or more of
coursework per term).
Part-Time: Evening MBA dual degree students must register for a minimum of
worth of courses under the Business Administration career.
Progress Toward Graduation:
Students are responsible for meeting with advisors in both programs to track
progress toward graduation. Upon completion of the requirements of both
programs, students are granted concurrent degrees. The student must earn both
degrees in the same degree period. (Neither degree will be awarded until all
requirements for both programs are satisfied.) To graduate, students must:
Meet with an advisor from both schools in their final term to confirm
they are on track to meet both degree requirements.
Apply for graduation on Wolverine Access under both careers for the same
Submit any other paperwork required for the specific dual degree. Rackham students must be sure to submit the
Election Form’ in their final term. Further information can
be found on the Rackham website: http://www.rackham.umich.edu/.)
Advising appointments for dual degree issues are available throughout the
year. From the
Academic Counseling Appointments web site, select "MBA Dual
Degree Advising/Issues" to schedule an appointment.
Prospective or recently Admitted MBA's may contact the Dual Degree Advisor in the Office of Academic
Initiated Dual Degree Application.pdf
Dual Degree Curriculum Planning Form.pdf
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