Dual Degree Programs

The Center for South Asian Studies is able to offer two options for dual degree programs at this time: the MBA/MA in South Asian Studies and a Student Driven Dual Degree.

MBA/MA in South Asian Studies

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the Center for South Asian Studies within the Rackham School of Graduate Studies are offering a dual degree program enabling a small number of qualified students to pursue concurrent work in Business Administration and South Asian Studies leading to both the MBA and MA degrees.

The program is arranged so that all requirements for both degrees are completed in three years of enrollment. The degrees are awarded simultaneously.

This combined degree program is not open to students who have already earned either the MBA or a Master's degree in South Asian Studies. Students enrolled in the first year of either program may apply.


Students admitted to this dual degree program must satisfy the following degree requirements. The total combined credit hours for the dual degree program must be at least 69. The dual MBA/MA degree program must be apportioned as follows:

The MBA 57 credit hour degree program including:

  • 45 Business Administration Credits, made up of:
    • Roughly 30 credit hour MBA core (no credit is awarded for Business Administration core courses successfully waived: credit must be earned with Business electives)
    • Roughly 15 elective hours in Business Administration
    • MBA Communication Requirement

  • The 24 South Asian Studies credit hours including:
    • Pro-seminar in South Asian Studies (3 credits)
    • 21 graduate credits with South Asia content from at least 3 different disciplines, with at least 12 credits at 500 level or above, 3 of these at 600 or above
    • Completion of at least two years of an appropriate area language or second-year language competence. ONly language courses at the 400 and above levels will count towards the 24 credit hour minimum.
    • A Master's essay on a South Asia topic, including registration in SAS 798.
      • These credits do not count toward the total 24 credit hour minimum

The dual program may begin with studies in either school. However, because of the sequenced nature of the core courses in the MBA program, most students will find it advantageous to start with year one in the Business School. During years two and three, courses may be taken in both schools. Students who wish to begin with South Asian studies should see a counselor in the Business School to arrange an appropriate plan of study. No course work completed prior to admission may be counted toward the MBA requirements of the program.


Applicants interested in the MBA/MA combined program must file separate applications to and be admitted by both programs. Applicants must indicate on both applications that they are applying for this specific dual degree program (please make sure the correct box is checked on the MBA application).

An application fee of $60 for domestic and $75 for international students must be paid to Rackham. Please include a note regarding disposition of the fee to the school not receiving the money.

Applicants must take the GMAT for Admission to Michigan's Ross School of Business and may take the GRE or GMAT for Admission to the Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

For more information on applying to the Dual MBA/MA program contact CSAS Student Services Coordinator, Nancy Becker, and read over the Ross School's information page.

Sample Schedule

Starting at Business School

Year 1 (Fall)
Accounting 502 (2.25)
Marketing 503 (2.25)
Business Economics 502 (2.25)
Corp. Strategy & Int'l Bus. 502 (2.25)
OMS 502 (2.25)
Finance 503 (2.25)
MO 503 (2.25)

Total: 15.75

Year 1 (Winter)
Accounting 552 (2.25)
Operations Management 552 (2.25)
IMAP BA 553 (7.5)
Business Elective (2.25)

Total: 14.25

Year 2 (Fall)
Business Law or Ethics (1.5)
South Asia Requirements (6)
Business Electives (4.5)
Language (4)*

Total: 12

Year 2 (Winter)
South Asia Requirement (3)
Business Electives (9)
Language (4)*
Corp. Strategy & Int'l Bus. 503 (1.5)

Total: 13.5

Year 3 (Fall)
South Asia Electives (9)
Language (4)*

Total: 9

Year 3 (Winter)
South Asia Elective (6)
South Asia MA Essay (1-6)*
Language (4)*

Total: 6

Note: At least three terms of full-time enrollment must be completed in Business Administration. Full-time enrollment is defined as 9 credit hours or more of coursework per term.

Sample Note: Credit per term will vary. Your credits per term may differ from sample.

*These credits do not count toward the 24 required for the MA.

Student Driven Dual Degree Programs

Dual and combined degree programs can be pursued between South Asian Studies and other departments, programs, or schools. Students have initiated dual degree programs joining South Asian Studies with academic programs in the following schools:

Further Information on University requirements for these programs is available in the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies Student Handbook.