Students in the M.B.A.-M.E. program will be required to complete 24 credits of course work in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and 67.5 credits of course work in the Darden School. Normally, the M.E. degree requires 30 credits and the M.B.A. requires 75 credits. In effect, students in the combined program are given elective credit in one school for courses taken to fulfill the requirements of the other.
The purpose of the M.B.A. degree program requirements is to provide a comprehensive, integrated view of business. M.B.A. students in the joint degree program are expected to use their elective courses to provide depth in the areas that reflect their joint degree educational objectives and career interests. For example, M.B.A. students might select electives in international business, marketing, operations/technology, quantitative analysis, and organizational behavior. The Business Projects course (3 credits) will normally be combined with the Engineering course requirement of a 3-credit project in the M.E. program. This combined 6-credit requirement will be jointly supervised by a Darden and an Engineering faculty member. Exceptions to a joint project have to be approved by the M.B.A.-M.E. program Committee.
The M.E. degree is a professionally-oriented degree. Of the 24 credits of course work required in Engineering, 21 credits will be normal course work and 3 credits will be taken in an appropriately-numbered project course. Of these 21 credits, a minimum of 12 credits must be taken in the major department. Also, a maximum of 6 credits may be taken at the 500-level. None of the 24 credits may include a course taken in the Darden School. The project must have one advisor from Engineering and another from Darden.
The joint degree is obtained in approximately one semester less than the time required for the two degrees separately. If a student drops out of either part of the joint degree program, he or she will be required to complete the normal degree requirements to obtain a single degree in either SEAS or Darden.