Columbia Launches New Dual Degree Program, MBA/MS: Engineering & Applied Science

by Stacy Blackman Consulting, Sep 19, 2022

Columbia Business School has announced the launch of a new deal degree program to better prepare the business leaders of tomorrow. CBS and Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science have joined forces for a program that pairs the foundational skill sets of business with those of engineering.

This new degree option will meet the evolving needs of leaders in technology, product managers, entrepreneurs, and other roles associated with technology and business. As such, the Dual MBA/Executive MS in Engineering and Applied Science curriculum will cover core engineering, areas of “tough tech,” and applied science foundations, as well as essential business courses in leadership, strategy, finance, economics, and marketing.

Students will take courses with both Columbia Business School and Columbia Engineering faculty, spend a summer pursuing an entrepreneurial venture or interning at a technology company, and complete a capstone project. After successfully completing the 20-month program, participants will receive two degrees: a Master of Business Administration and an Executive Master of Science in Engineering and Applied Science.

“Today’s business challenges are multidisciplinary, and their solutions often lean on technological innovations," CBS dean Costis Maglaras said in a press release. "Students need, on one hand, a broad exposure to and understanding of how technology and engineering breakthroughs are shaping our lives today and the world of tomorrow. And, on the other hand, they need a deep understanding of business and, importantly, how to manage and lead in this dynamic environment.”


The MBAxMS: Engineering & Applied Science core curriculum will focus on the creative application of technology. It will include a variety of new and existing courses, including Digital Disruption & Tech Transfer, Business Analytics, Human-Centered Design and Innovation, and more. Students will also choose from an extensive array of electives designed to stimulate innovation, strengthen analytical skills, and bolster critical knowledge for their specific entrepreneurial or enterprise path.

“Technology, data, and analytics are transforming every aspect of modern businesses, especially those prized by the ambitious and entrepreneurial students who come to Columbia University,” said Columbia Engineering Dean Shih-Fu Chang.
“We recognize how important it is to provide students with broad exposures to emerging technology breakthroughs, the comprehensive training of business leadership skills, the unique experience in applying the human-centric design approach to innovative products and solutions, and importantly the ability to apply these unique skills in confronting major challenges facing our society and business world today.”

The program will officially launch in September 2023, and interested students can begin applying now.


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