MBA/MFin & MBA/MS Dual Degree Frequently Asked Questions

Will I receive one diploma or two?
Students who complete a dual degree will receive two separate diplomas, and each degree (the MBA and the Specialty Masters degree) will be listed at the bottom of the transcript separately.

 

Will my area of focus be reflected on either diploma?
The MBA diploma will state “Master of Business Administration.” Specialty Masters degrees will state the following, depending on the degree completed:

  • Master of Finance
  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Master of Science in Business Analytics
  • Master of Science in Information Systems
  • Master of Science in Marketing Analytics
  • Master of Science in Supply Chain Management

 

When should I apply? 
MBA students should ideally apply for a dual degree in their first academic year. Students must be in good academic standing to apply. Students are expected to meet by phone or in person with a Specialty Masters advisor prior to applying, and are expected to submit a current resume with their application. 

  

Is there an application fee to apply to this program?
Current MBA students who apply for a dual degree will not be charged an application fee. 

 

During the dual degree program, when do I apply for graduation clearance?
Applications for degree clearance should be done at the beginning of the semester in which a student will reach the 66 credits to complete both degrees. 

 

Can I fulfill the requirements for the MBA, receive a diploma and then fulfill the requirements for the Specialty Masters degree later?
No, the requirements for both degrees must be completed simultaneously. Once a student has graduated with an MBA degree, they will not be permitted to pursue the Specialty Masters in the dual degree format.

 

Can my MBA electives be in one area of focus and my Specialty Masters area of focus be in another?
In selecting MBA degree electives, the primary goal should be to fulfill Specialty Masters degree requirements. Leaving all of the Specialty Masters degree requirements to the end of the program may result in a delay of graduation because of course availability and time conflicts. Advisors can help develop a course plan to be sure that all degree requirements can be met.

 

Who are the Academic Directors for the Specialty Masters programs?

Master of FinanceProf. Liu Yang lyang@rhsmith.umd.edu
MS in AccountingProf. Emanuel Zurezur@rhsmith.umd.edu
MS in Business AnalyticsProf. Frank Altfalt@rhsmith.umd.edu
MS in Information SystemsProf. Ilya Ryzhov iryzhov@rhsmith.umd.edu
MS in Marketing AnalyticsProf. Michael Trusovmtrusov@rhsmith.umd.edu
MS in Supply Chain ManagementProf. Thomas Corsitcorsi@rhsmith.umd.edu