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Dual Major - Frequently Asked Questions

I am majoring in Construction Management (or Architecture or Engineering or IET or some other major) and I also want to major in Business Administration. What is involved?

There are two requirements. First, the University requires that you take a minimum of 30 additional hours. Second, you must take all of the courses required for the second major. Since you would have completed the core, those courses are as follows:

Area F

ACCT 2101 Accounting I
ACCT 2102 Accounting II
ECON 2105 Macro Economics
ECON 2106 Micro Economics
TCOM 2000 Business Communication
MGNT 2201 Introduction to Computer Applications

Common Body of Knowledge

MGNT 3105 Management and Organizational Behavior
MGNT 3125 Basic Business Finance
MGNT 3135 Marketing Principles
MGNT 3145 Legal Environment
MGNT 4115 Human Resource Management
MGNT 4125 Technology and Public Issues
MGNT 4151 Production and Ops Management I
MGNT 4595 Business Strategy

Required Courses

MGNT 1000 Orientation
IET 2227 Intro to Statistics
IET 3356 Quality Concepts
IET 4405 Principles of Operation Research
MGNT 3205 Management Information System
MGNT 4135 Project Management
MGNT 4145 International Management

This is 61 hours. If you have taken any of these courses as part of your first major, those will count towards your second major.

Is a dual-major the best approach to adding Business Administration to my plans?

Generally, NO. Someone with an undergraduate degree in a non-business area can get an MBA at SPSU by taking a maximum of 48 hours of additional class work. Since it takes 61 hours to get an second undergraduate degree and only 48 hours to get the MBA, it makes more sense to get your MBA.

The only time it makes sense to get a dual undergraduate major in Business Administration is when your first major requires a large number of these courses or allows you to take a large number of them as electives.

Can I start the MBA before I finish my undergraduate degree?

No. Admission to any graduate program requires an undergraduate degree. However, you can start laying the foundation. At SPSU, students without a business background are required to take eight 1.5 hour transition courses to pick up the undergraduate business background they do not have. You can take care of this while in an undergraduate degree program by taking some or all of the following undergraduate Business courses:

ACCT 2101 Accounting I
ACCT 2102 Accounting II
ECON 2105 Macro Economics
ECON 2106 Micro Economics
MGNT 3105 Management and Organizational Behavior
MGNT 3125 Basic Business Finance
MGNT 3135 Marketing Principles
MGNT 3145 Legal Environment
IET 2227 Intro to Statistics

If some of these courses are required for my major, will they count towards my MBA?

Yes. In fact, some majors may take half or more of these courses are part of their coursework.