Dual Degrees

Dual degree agreements between the Leeds School of Business and other highly–renowned schools and colleges on the CU–Boulder campus offer full-time MBA students the opportunity to combine the requirements of two disciplines. With these combined degree programs, you are able to earn both degrees together in less time than earning them sequentially. Note: Evening MBA students are not eligible for dual degree programs.

You must apply to and meet the application and admissions standards of each program separately. All of the dual degree options offered at the Leeds School require 43 credit hours in the MBA program. When pursuing a dual degree program you must complete the requirements for both degrees in order to receive either one of them.


JD/MBA with the CU-Boulder Law School

You may earn both an MBA degree and a Juris Doctor degree in the four-year JD/MBA program. Enrolling the first year exclusively at the law school, you will continue the second year exclusively in the business school. JD/MBA students take elective courses in both schools during the third and fourth years of the combined degree program.

Students must complete a total of 43 credit hours in the business school and 77 credit hours in the law school to earn both degrees. For more information, visit the Colorado Law website, phone 303.492.0610, or email J. Brad Bernthal at brad.bernthal@colorado.edu.

JD/MBA information Sheet.


MBA/MS in Computer Science

This opportunity will suit students who want to combine technical expertise with business knowledge. In addition to the 43 credits required in the MBA program, you must complete 30 hours in Computer Science for a total of 73 hours in both programs. For more information, visit the Computer Science website, call 303.492.6361 or e-mail Jacqueline Deboard at jacqueline.deboard@colorado.edu.

MBA/MS Computer Science Information Sheet.


MBA/MS in Environmental Studies

Leeds offers a unique MBA/MS in Environmental Studies dual degree, which provides an opportunity to combine business administration with environmental studies. It is well suited for students with career interests that include the intersection of corporate business and environmental protection, or the management of renewable energy, water conservation or environmental programs.

Students may start in either program. If students start in the MS program, they will spend the first year in the MS Environmental Studies area followed by the second year in the MBA program. If students start in the MBA program, they will spend the second year in the MS program. The third year consists of elective choices in both areas. In addition to the 43 credit hours in the MBA program, you must complete 36 credit hours in the environmental studies program. For more information about the Environmental Studies program, visit the Environmental Studies website, call 303.735.1043, or email Penny Bates at envsgrad@colorado.edu.

MBA/MS Environmental Studies Information Sheet.


MBA/MS in Telecommunications

The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the few universities in the nation to offer a dual degree awarding an MBA and an MS in telecommunications. The Denver/Boulder region provides an ideal location in which to study these two disciplines together, as it is the home to global information leaders such as Qwest Communications and Level 3 Communications.

In addition to the 43 credit hours in the MBA program, you must complete 33 credit hours in the telecommunications program, depending on your choice of the thesis or the capstone course option. For more information, view the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program website, call 303.492.8475, or email Elizabeth Golder at elizabeth.golder@colorado.edu

MBA/MS Telecommunications Information Sheet.


MBA/MA in Fine Art & Art History

This opportunity will appeal to students with career aspirations in gallery or museum management, or in starting entrepreneurial ventures combining their business and artistic talents. The Department of Art & Art History offers an innovative, cross-disciplinary, and student-centered learning environment characterized by excellence in art history, ceramics, drawing and painting, photography and digital media, printmaking, and sculpture.

Dual degree students in studio arts are required to complete 45 hours of fine arts course work. Dual-degree students in art history are required to complete 30 hours of fine arts course work. For more information, visit the Department of Art & Art History website, call 303.492.6504, or email Alexei Bogadanov at alexei.bogdanov@colorado.edu.

MBA/MA Fine Arts Information Sheet.


MBA/MA in Theatre and Dance

An MBA degree in combination with an MA degree in Theatre and Dance will provide students with a set of business tools to complement their artistic talents and expand their career options. The dual MBA/MA offers students the opportunity to earn both degrees together in less time than if the degrees were earned sequentially.

Dual degree students will be required to complete 43 hours of MBA coursework and 24 hours of Theatre/Dance coursework. A minimum of 67 approved credit hours must be completed to earn both degrees. For more information, visit the Theatre and Dance Department website, call 303.492.5809, or e-mail the Theatre and Dance Department at thtrdnce@colorado.edu.

MBA/MA Theatre/Dance Information Sheet.


MBA/MA in Anthropology

This combination of degrees will suit you if your career interests include managing the business aspects of archeological projects, working in the growing field of corporate cultural anthropology, ethnography or museum management. Students may have a primary specialization in any of the major subfields of anthropology: archaeology, cultural, or physical anthropology and must complete 30 hours of graduate work in the anthropology program.

For more information, visit the Department of Anthropology website, call 303.492.2547, or email anthro@colorado.edu.

MBA/MA Anthropology Information Sheet.


MBA/MA in Germanic Languages

The department offers an interdisciplinary MA in German studies, focusing on the German-speaking, central European society from the Enlightenment to the present. This option may appeal to students who plan to work for a global corporation, particularly in Europe, where language skills will be an important asset.

Students in this program must complete 27 hours of graduate work in the Germanic languages program. For more information, visit the Department of Germanic & Slavic Languages & Literature website, call 303.492.7404, or e-mail gsll@spot.colorado.edu.

MBA/MA Germanic Languages Information Sheet.


Western Regional Graduate Program

Our dual degree programs (with the exception of the JD/MBA and the MBA/MS Computer Science) participate in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP), part of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Reduced costs to these dual degree programs are available to students through WRGP, because WRGP students pay tuition at resident student rates.

Dual degree program applicants who are residents of any participating WICHE state may enroll as WRGP students in participating programs. There is no requirement that students meet financial aid criteria, but they must fulfill all admissions requirements and deadlines set by both programs (i.e. the MBA program and the MB/MS program).

Participating states:

  • Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

For more information, see the WICHE website. To apply for in-state tuition through WRGP, complete the WRGP form and follow instructions to submit. More information about the WRGP residency exception is available on the Office of the Registrar website.