MEDIA CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
CONTACT: HENRY B. TIPPIE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
(800) MBA-IOWA (800) 622-4692
Release: Dec. 2, 2002
UI, Iowa State team up to offer dual MBA/ME program for engineers
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.