Students seeking a graduate degree focused on leadership and organizational behavior might consider earning a graduate degree in management, such as the Master of Management (MM) or Master of Science in Management (MSM). Dual-degree programs, either combining an undergraduate degree with the master's in management, or combining two graduate degrees, are available for students interested in this field.
Dual-Degree Undergraduate Programs
Those who know during their undergraduate career that they are interested in pursuing a master's degree in management might consider a dual bachelor's/master's program. These programs may allow students to begin study towards the MSM while they are still undergraduates, reducing the time required to complete both degrees before entering the workforce with a highly marketable graduate degree. Dual bachelor's/MSM programs are typically available only to current undergraduates with a specific number of credits and GPA where the MSM will be sought.
Joint Graduate Master of Management Degrees
Several universities have developed dual-degree programs, where students pursuing the MM or MSM can earn two graduate degrees concurrently. Read on for more information about some popular dual-degree programs in various disciplines.
Earning a dual degree in management with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) can provide a comprehensive look at leadership in the business sector. Courses might include human resources management, leading organizational change, and organizational strategy. Students typically need about 55 to 65 credits to complete the program; online courses are often available.
One potential dual-degree avenue is to earn the JD (Juris Doctor) concurrently with the MSM. Some master of management programs offered as dual degrees with the JD focus on a specific area of management, such as sport management, environmental management, or public management. These programs can be completed in four years of study.
For students who wish to pursue management within the health-care field, a dual MD (Doctor of Medicine)/MSM, DO (Doctor of Osteopathy)/MSM or MSN (Master of Science in Nursing)/MSM may be options they wish to pursue. These programs could educate health-care professionals to manage teams of medical staff and to make business-savvy health-care decisions. Program length will be dependent upon the dual degree being pursued. Courses might include leading teams, health-care marketing, and insurance.
Admissions to Graduate Dual-Degree Programs
Those who apply to graduate dual-degree programs must often submit applications to each school, and gain acceptance to each program before being admitted as a dual-degree student. Admission requirements for the second degrees referenced above will vary greatly depending on what dual degree is sought, particularly in terms of what standardized test score and previous professional experience may be required. Master of Science in Management applications typically require a statement of purpose, resume, letters of recommendation, transcripts, and GRE or GMAT scores.
Pursuing a Master of Management concurrently with a second graduate degree, or with the bachelor's degree, can provide extensive instruction in leadership and organizational behavior that can help boost the career options of graduates.