Joint Degrees

Want a way to distinguish yourself beyond the MBA curriculum? A joint degree might be the right path for you. The University of Illinois offers over 200 graduate degrees, most of which can be earned jointly with the MBA.

You can earn that degree at the same time as your MBA, often in a shorter time than if you pursued both degrees independently.

How to do it:

Take the MBA courses exclusively for one academic year and then spread out the remaining 20 hours of business electives in a way that works best for you as you fulfill the requirements for your second degree.

Popular joint degree options include law, engineering, labor & employment relations, and architecture. Students need to apply to each degree program separately. All admissions decisions are made independently.

Joint-degree students must complete 60 business credit hours and be enrolled as a full-time MBA student for a minimum of three semesters in the MBA program; the first two semesters must be taken consecutively beginning in the fall. Joint-degree students must also complete the degree requirements of their joint program before the MBA degree will be conferred.


The University of Illinois has a strong tradition of excellence and a distinguished reputation as a world-class leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. Our outstanding faculty are the heart of that tradition.

When you choose the Illinois Gies MBA program, you can expect to learn from the best – both inside the classroom through lectures, presentations, and discussions; and outside through informal advising, collaboration, and mentoring. Our faculty are committed to teaching. They’re also committed to helping you understand the business world and find your place in it. 
Profiles for All College of Business Faculty