2019-2020 Catalog

Joint Program in Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Data Science

Admission Requirements

  1. Students are required to apply to both the M.B.A. and the M.S.D.S. programs. Admission recommendations will be made to the School of Graduate Studies by the directors of both the M.B.A. and M.S.D.S. programs.
  2. Students are expected to fulfill the minimum competence requirements prior to beginning M.B.A. course work.
  3. Students pursuing an M.S.D.S. degree and wishing to add the M.B.A. degree must do so within first 12 credit hours of their M.S.D.S. program.
  4. Admission requirements of each program will remain the same in the joint admission process as what is currently required to be admitted into each program separately.

Degree Requirements

If each degree were earned separately, a student would be required to complete 30 credit hours for the M.S.D.S. degree and 43 hours for the M.B.A. The joint degree program will enable a student to receive the two degrees upon completion of 21 M.S.D.S. credit hours and 34 M.B.A. credit hours. The M.S.D.S. program thus accepts 9 credit hours of M.B.A. coursework that will be applicable toward the M.S.D.S. degree, and the College of Business and Public Administration accepts 9 credit hours of M.S.D.S. courses toward the M.B.A. degree. The total credits required for each degree will be unchanged, because each program will accept credits toward the other degree.

Sample Curricular Plan (degree completion in four years)

To promote the integration of the two courses of study, coursework can be taken in each of the schools concurrently, rather than having the student located exclusively in one school or the other for an entire semester. Note: This timetable assumes that all business competencies and undergraduate prerequisite courses have been completed prior to entering the joint program.

Semester 1
M.B.A. program: BADM 500, MGMT 505, and one other course7
M.S.D.S. program: one course3
Semester 2
M.B.A. program: one course3
M.S.D.S. program: two courses6
Semester 3
M.B.A. program: two courses6
M.S.D.S. program: one course3
Semester 4
M.B.A. program: two courses6
M.S.D.S. program: one course3
Semester 5
M.B.A. program: two courses6
M.S.D.S. program: one course3
Semester 6
M.B.A. program: two courses6
M.S.D.S. program: one course3
Total M.B.A. Credits34
Total M.S.D.S. Credits21

Normally, the joint program can be completed in three years. With summer school classes it may be possible to obtain both degrees even more quickly. Both degrees will be awarded simultaneously after all degree requirements are met in both programs.

Office of the Registrar

Tel: 701.777.2711
Fax: 701.777.2696

Twamley Hall Room 201
264 Centennial Drive Stop 8382
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8382