COLLEGE DIRECTORY       :      VISIT ELLER      :      LOG IN 

Students Alumni Corporate Visitors
The University of Arizona | Eller College of Management
The University of Arizona Eller College of Management
Eller College Home > News, Events, and Multimedia > Press Releases > New dual-degree graduate programs

Press Release

Eller Press Contact

Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

New dual-degree graduate programs at The University of Arizona aim to accelerate innovation in commercial industry by uniting strengths in optical sciences, engineering, and the sciences with management

Students can now concurrently earn two graduate degrees: An MBA from the Eller College of Management and a master’s degree from the College of Engineering, College of Science, or the Optical Sciences Center.

TUCSON, Ariz. – March 18, 2005 – The Eller College of Management at The University of Arizona announces new Dual Master’s Degree Programs. By uniting the UA’s world-renowned excellence in science, engineering, and technology with the strengths of the Eller MBA, the program fills a critical niche in technology transfer, commercialization of intellectual property, and building capacity for individuals and institutions committed to leveraging science and technology for long-term competitive advantage. The dual master’s programs combine an MBA with a master’s degree in a specialized domain of science, engineering, or optical sciences, allowing students to earn both degrees with only one additional academic year and one summer of studies.

In addition to the existing array of courses offered through the colleges partnering in this program, curricula for the new dual master’s degrees will involve new courses designed to offer deep insights into the interesting worlds of technology, business, and science, and will leverage the skills and expertise of graduate-level students. The MBA portion of the new dual-degrees will emphasize the areas of business foundation, advanced business, specialized entrepreneurship, and other coursework designed for professionals dedicated to the business of science.

“While there are a variety of modules and programs that address the convergence of science and management, these new programs represent the first full, concurrent dual-degree graduate programs between the Eller College of Management and several other colleges at the UA. We call it education optimized for innovation,” commented Dr. Amar Gupta, Brown Chair in Technology and Management, who joined the College last July after 25 years with MIT.

While The University of Arizona approved dual-degrees in partnership with six UA colleges or programs, three of them will begin fall 2005 (specialties in engineering, science, and optical sciences). The other three potential degrees pair the Eller MBA with graduate degrees in pharmacy, medicine, and agriculture/life sciences.

Ken Smith, interim dean of the Eller College of Management, has been leading the College’s strategic plan around technology and management. He said, “Tomorrow’s most accomplished professionals will bring to industry not only deep scientific knowledge but also the ability to create and lead technology-based enterprises and expertly manage the technology transfer process. Executives at IBM, Honeywell, and Raytheon are thrilled with the design of this program. They agree that graduates of these dual-degree programs will offer companies transformational thinking and a powerful competitive advantage to be a value-creator in whatever fields they chose.”

Who Should Apply

The 2005 flagship class is accepting applications from students (1) currently enrolled in a master’s program in a partner college/center; (2) students actively working in science and technology with at least 3 years of work experience; and (3) undergraduate seniors in The University of Arizona Honors College.

How to Apply

For the 2005 class, students already pursuing a degree through one of the partner colleges/programs need only apply to and be accepted by the Eller College. All applications must be completed online. Visit or email for more information.

Applicants who are not already pursuing a graduate degree through one of the partner colleges/programs must apply to and be accepted by both the Eller College of Management and the partner or college granting the second degree. Each partner college/program maintains individual admissions requirements. E-mail us at for more information about pursuing this unique program.

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

Press Contact:
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

For additional information, please contact us.