Set yourself apart with a dual degree

The Leeds School of Business offers 8 dual degree options with other highly–renowned graduate programs on the CU–Boulder campus. Dual degrees give full-time MBA students the opportunity to build expertise in multiple disciplines creating greater career marketability. The dual degree programs allow you to earn two 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.

You may earn both an MBA degree and a Juris Doctor degree in the four-year JD/MBA program. An applicant may elect the dual degree program at the time of initial application to both schools; or a student enrolled in the applicable degree program of either school may during his or her first year of study under the degree program of that school apply for admission to the other school and elect to be enrolled under the dual degree program Enrolling the first year exclusively at one program you will continue the second year exclusively in the other program. 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

JD/MBA information Sheet

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

MBA/MA Anthropology Information Sheet

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 or contact Rajshree Shrestha Office

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

MBA/MS Environmental Studies Information Sheet

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

MBA-MA-MFA Fine Arts.pdf

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

MBA-MA German.pdf

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 CenturyLink and Level 3 Communications.

In addition to the 43 credit hours in the MBA program, you must complete 36 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 us at

MBA-MS Telecommunications.pdf

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

MBA-MA Theatre Dance.pdf

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
  • Colorado
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming.

For more information see the WRGP website. To apply for in-state tuition through the WRGP contact the Tuition Classification Office at the University of Colorado Boulder by phone at 303.492.6868 or by email at

Guidelines for WRGP Application