Dual-degree program in the School of Management allows students to simultaneously earn graduate degrees in business administration and finance

January 30, 2006

DEARBORN / Jan. 30, 2006---A new dual-degree program in the School of Management at the University of Michigan-Dearborn will allow students to simultaneously earn graduate degrees in business administration and finance.

"We have developed a highly integrated and innovative curriculum that addresses the growing demand for business leaders with strategic management as well as financial acumen," according to Bruce Bublitz, dean of UM-Dearborn's School of Management.

The new dual-degree program, which was approved by the U-M Regents last fall, welcomed its first class of students this month.

"This integrative program aims to provide the highest quality of education for its students while emphasizing an accelerated learning platform," Bublitz said. "Graduates of the dual MBA/MS-Finance program will have the breadth and integration of business knowledge and skills that come from the MBA, coupled with the depth of expertise in the discipline of finance."

Many students pair an MBA with a second, more specialized degree because students want the credibility an MBA education provides, Bublitz said.

"Historically, the MBA has been the best known and most valued business degree in the world," he said. "Our MS-Finance program also is very popular and provides specialized study in finance, so it was a natural choice for us to combine the two."

Students who wish to enter the new program must meet the same admissions requirements as UM-Dearborn's traditional MBA and MS-Finance programs, according to management studies Prof. Timothy Landon, who is director of graduate programs in the School of Management.

"Students can earn a concentration in finance within our MBA program, but the MS-Finance provides a greater depth of study in finance, which might be desirable for those in corporate finance, those working in financial institutions or those in investment fields.

"A considerable number of people we admit to the MS-Finance program already have an MBA," Landon said. "This new dual-degree program allows others to earn both degrees at the same time."

For more information about UM-Dearborn's dual MBA/MS-Finance program, contact Christine Brzezinski, graduate admissions coordinator in the School of Management, at (313) 593-5460.

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