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Students may receive both the MHRIR and Master of Business Administration (MBA) in two and a half years, rather than the three and a half years needed to complete each degree separately.


Students interested in this program must fulfill each program’s admissions requirements and apply to each program separately. Applicants will be evaluated for admission and financial aid separately. Those accepted into both programs and wishing to pursue the joint degree will then petition to become a joint degree student.

Degree Requirements

A student in the joint degree program must register in the MBA curriculum for three semesters and the LER curriculum for two semesters. Students may not apply for the joint degree program if they have already completed all requirements for either degree. Students must complete 40 hours of required MBA courses during the first two semesters and 20 additional hours of concentration and elective requirements that fulfill one of the MBA tracks, excluding the student-designed track. Courses are selected in consultation with the track coordinator of the student’s selected track. Additionally, students must complete thirty-six hours of required LER courses for a total of ninety-six hours. The joint program usually takes five semesters to complete.

Students in the joint degree program will receive both the MBA and the MHRIR degree when all requirements for both degrees are completed.

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