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Release: Dec. 2, 2002

UI, Iowa State team up to offer dual MBA/ME program for engineers

The University of Iowa Henry B. Tippie School of Management and the Iowa State University College of Engineering will once again offer an integrated 26- month dual degree graduate program for practicing engineers.

The program is intended for mid- to upper-level engineers who want to advance both their technical and managerial skills, giving them the tools to become the future leaders of their organizations. Graduates will not only earn a dual degree in Masters of Business Administration from the UI and a Master of Engineering degree in Systems Engineering from ISU, but also gain practical experience that can be applied on the job.

The UI and ISU initiated the dual-degree program two years ago, and 31 students will graduate in December. Some 7 Iowa organizations are represented in the program: Rockwell Collins, Deere and Co., Maytag Corp., HON Industries, Bandag, Inc., Square D and ISU.

"Sponsoring companies have seen value in the dual-degree program, based on enhanced performance of their participating employees, and have encouraged both universities to offer it again," said John Fraser, director of the UI Executive MBA program.

Classes for the second dual-degree program will begin March 3 with a residency week at the UI, followed by classes at the UI's Cedar Rapids Education and Conference facility in downtown Cedar Rapids.

Students will attend daylong classes on alternating Fridays and Saturdays, enrolling in four traditional semesters and the equivalent of one eight-week summer session. The dual-degree experience also includes a residency week on the ISU campus in Ames in August 2004, as well as a ten-day international seminar in Brazil during spring break 2005.

Faculty from the UI Tippie School of Management will teach classes in areas such as operations management, leadership, human resources, and managerial finance, while ISU faculty will teach systems engineering, product design, and data mining. The program concludes with the capstone course in strategic management, which is integrated with advanced engineering case studies selected by the individual students based on their particular areas of interest.

"The Executive Engineer Dual Master's Degree Program will help transform functional engineering managers into exceptional business leaders who develop a strategic perspective on complex organizational issues and international business challenges." Fraser said. "This program will also enhance the career engineer managers' technical abilities to develop differentiated products, which will position their companies more competitively in the global marketplace."

To enroll in the program, students must have an undergraduate degree in engineering, a letter of support from their sponsoring employer, and Graduate Management Admission Test scores. Applications are available from John Fraser at the Tippie School of Management, (319) 335-1043 or