Stanford to Offer Joint EE MS/MBA Degree Program

Olaf Solgaard, EE Associate Chair of Graduate Education
June 2014

A new joint Stanford Electrical Engineering MS/MBA degree program will be available to graduate students in the 2015-2016 academic year. Students may apply for admission starting this fall.

“The joint focus recognizes that the students we educate need and want an integrated understanding of engineering, strategy and execution as they drive future innovations that increasingly involve both technology and business,” said Madhav Rajan, senior associate dean and faculty director of the MBA program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

The joint program structure will allow students to complete the two degrees in three years instead of the usual four years needed to complete each one separately. 

“The Electrical Engineering MS/MBA program represents the growing emphasis on multidisciplinary learning at Stanford,” said Olav Solgaard, professor of electrical engineering at the School of Engineering. “This program builds on the culture of entrepreneurship and creativity in the schools of business and engineering at Stanford and will better equip our students to take new technologies from basic research to commercial products.” 

Students wishing to undertake the joint program must separately apply to and be accepted by both the Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA program and the School of Engineering’s Electrical Engineering MS program.  Completion of the joint program requires a combined total of 129 units, including 84 units at Stanford GSB and 45 units in the Electrical Engineering department. Students who complete the joint program will earn two degrees: an MS in electrical engineering and the MBA.

Admission to the Masters in Electrical Engineering requires a strong undergraduate background in engineering or quantitative subjects such as physics or mathematics. Applicants to the MBA program are assessed on intellectual vitality, demonstrated leadership potential and personal qualities. Students also must take the Graduate Records Exam to be eligible for admission. Details on admission can be found on the EE Full-Time MS Admissions pages. The deadline for application to the Electrical Engineering MS program for the 2015-2016 academic year is December 9, 2014.

For more information about the admission process for the Stanford MBA, please visit: http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/programs/mba/admission. Application to the MBA program may be made in any of three rounds ending October 1, 2014, January 7, 2015, or April 1, 2015. Applicants for joint degrees with the School of Engineering are encouraged to apply for the MBA in round two in January.