Master of Arts in Educational Studies and Master of Business Administration (Dual Degree)
If your career objective is integrating business acumen with educational expertise to effect meaningful improvements in our education system, the Marsal Family School of Education and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business offer a unique dual-degree program leading to the Master of Arts in Educational Studies and the Master of Business Administration degrees.
This program offers graduate work in the Master of Business Administration program to provide you with the technical and financial skills of business management. Graduate work in the Marsal Family School of Education adds theoretical grounding in the foundations of education research, policy, and administration. The MA/MBA program combines a core academic program with customization to support each student’s specific career aspirations. Students may choose from one of two MA degrees: the Master of Arts in Educational Studies or the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy. For the Master of Arts in Educational Studies, students choose one of three program concentrations:
- Design and Technologies for Learning Across Culture and Contexts
- Educational Equity, Justice, and Social Transformation
- Program Evaluation and Improvement Research
The MA/MBA program is designed so that all requirements can be completed in 2.5–3 years and both degrees awarded simultaneously. The 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 Ross School of Business. During years two and three, courses may be taken in both schools. Students who wish to begin with the MA program should see a counselor in the Ross School of Business to arrange an appropriate plan of study. Educational Studies courses take place in person, during the business day (9 am - 4 pm) and and evening (5 - 8 pm).
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Additional certificate and endorsement opportunities
Learning Experience Design Certificate
Students must complete a minimum of 21 credit hours in the Marsal School and a minimum of 45 credit hours in Ross School of Business.
MA core and program specialization credits
Core and program specialization requirements vary depending on the MA program and concentration. Examples of courses across all programs and concentrations include:
MA elective credits
Students complete Marsal School graduate coursework related to their career goals. All electives must be approved by a faculty advisor.
MA internship credits
Depending on the MA program and the concentration, students may be required to complete an internship. The internship offers you work, learning, and mentoring experiences related to a specific area of your professional/research interest. The internship must be approved by your faculty advisor.
- Students complete a minimum of 45 credits at the Ross School of Business, including 30 in the MBA core and 15 electives in Business Administration. Students also complete the MBA communication requirement.
- Refer to the Stephen M. Ross School of Business for more information regarding Master of Business Administration courses and requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions
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To apply for the Master of Arts in Educational Studies and Master of Business Administration dual-degree program, you must file separate applications to and be admitted by both the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the Marsal Family School of Education. Please indicate on both applications that you are applying for this specific dual-degree program.
Marsal Family School of Education graduate programs are administered through the University of Michigan’s Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Review the Rackham online application and the dual-degree application checklist to ensure you submit a complete application. (Graduate students at the University of Michigan Marsal Family School of Education apply through the Rackham Graduate Program.)
To submit a successful application for admission, you need to provide the following:
- Academic Statement of Purpose
- Part-Time Admission: Applicants seeking admission to a master’s program may attend on a part-time basis. Please indicate this by answering the “part-time” question on page 9 of the application.
- The Academic Statement of Purpose serves to demonstrate a fit between your background/interests and the Educational Studies master’s program’s philosophy, structure, and offerings. The statement should take the form of a concise and coherent essay, approximately 2-3 pages in length, double-spaced.
- Please be sure to address the following elements in your statement with regard to the specific thread of the Master’s in Educational Studies degree to which you are applying:
- A clear statement about the opportunities, issues, and/or problems of education that motivate you to pursue your chosen thread of the Master’s in Educational Studies.
- A concise summary of relevant academic or professional experience. Please explain the connection between your academic or professional experience and the opportunities, issues and/or problems of education introduced in #1.
- An overview of your short-term and long-term career goals. Please introduce how you will go about addressing the opportunities, issues, and problems of education introduced in #1.
- A clear statement explaining how you expect that program thread will allow you to better understand the opportunities, issues, and problems of education that motivate your graduate studies and on which you will focus your career. Please make specific reference to details such as course offerings, experiential learning opportunities, campus resources, and the expertise of specific faculty members.
- Personal Statement
- 500 word limit
- How have your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan? For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
- Three (3) letters of recommendation
- We strongly encourage two of your letters come from individuals who are familiar with your academic performance. The third may be from a professional reference.
- Register your recommenders' names and contact information on the online application so that they will be sent instructions for submitting their letters via the application system. Let your recommenders know that they need to upload a letter and that it is required by the program.
- As soon as you click "save" on the page of the application where your recommenders' contact information is entered, they will receive an email with instructions for completing the process. Proceed to this point in the application process as soon as possible to trigger that email.
- Resume or CV
- Test Scores (See test details in Step 5 below)
- English proficiency scores (for non-native speakers of English only)
- GRE Test Scores are not required for admission
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This program, like all of the Marsal Family School of Education's graduate programs, is administered through the University of Michigan's Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Rackham offers a host of resources and administrative support to help see you through from submitting your application to completion of your degree.
- After completing page 5 of the application, you will receive an e-mail with your U-M ID. A U-M ID number will be issued to you via email within 5 business days of completing pages 1-5 and advancing to page 6 of the ApplyWeb application. Having your U-M ID number to include on all your application materials ensures accurate and timely processing, so we encourage you to complete pages 1-5 early in the process.
- If you need to submit your application before you receive your U-M ID number, you may still complete the application. Include your date of birth and the program’s name on your application materials.
- Current and former U-M Ann Arbor students, alumni and employees: You do not need to obtain a new U-M ID number. Use your previously obtained U-M ID number.
- If your personal information has changed (for example, legal name, gender), make sure the personal information you submit with your application matches your previous Ann Arbor campus record. If your previous Ann Arbor campus record does not display your current personal information, contact the Registrar’s Office or the Shared Services Center to change your personal information before you apply.
Include at the top of each document:
- The type of document (Academic Statement of Purpose, Personal Statement, or Curriculum Vitae or Resume)
- Your name
- The name of the graduate program
- Your 8 digit U-M ID (if known)
Make sure margins are at least one-inch so nothing is cropped when you upload the documents to the application.
- TOEFL, MELAB, ECPE, or IELTS scores (for non-native speakers of English only; valid 2 years from test date)
- Information regarding English Proficiency tests and exemption guidelines can be found on the Rackham Graduate School website.
- GRE Test Scores
- GRE test scores are not required for admission, but scores (valid 5 years from test date) can be included with your application.
- Provide ETS with the U-M Institutional Code of 1839 and your scores will be sent directly to the university.
- Test scores must be sent directly from the testing center to the Rackham Graduate School. We recommend starting this process early as it can take up to two weeks for the scores to be received.
- Upload an electronic version of your official transcript(s) for each Bachelor’s, Master’s, Professional, or Doctoral degree earned or in progress through your ApplyWeb application account (part of the Rackham application system).
- Do not upload academic records printed from your school’s website or student portal.
- You are not required to send official transcripts at the time of application. If you are recommended for admission, the Rackham Graduate School will require official transcripts. Admitted applicants will receive an email notification when the official transcripts are required.
- Students who have studied in a country outside of the U.S. should review the required credentials from non-U.S. institutions. For all degrees obtained at non-U.S. institutions—Request that degree-granting institutions submit official transcripts/records to the Rackham Graduate School at the time of application.
- Information for submitting official transcripts can be found on the Rackham Graduate School website.
Check on your application status. If you’ve been accepted, you will receive an email with information on how to send your official transcripts.
- If you have been accepted, congratulations! You may accept or decline the offer of admission in your U-M Friend Account.
- For international students that accept offer of admission, Rackham prepares immigration documents for visas.
Application fee waiver
The $75 application fee is waived for all U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
GRE general exam scores
Undergraduate GPA guideline
Applications are evaluated using a holistic process, which means that reviewers carefully consider all materials provided and no single factor is used in either accepting or denying an applicant for admission.
Online, evening, or weekend courses
Professional trajectories of graduates include:
- Leadership in K-12 educational organizations, government organizations, non-profit organizations, and other agencies focused on issues of educational improvement and reform
- Roles focused on improving education
- Educational entrepreneurship
- Further graduate study
Career outcomes of recent graduates:
Depending on the MA program and the concentration, students may be required to complete an internship. The internship offers students work, learning, and mentoring experiences related to a specific area of their professional/research interest. The internship must be approved by the faculty advisor. Students who complete an internship through the Ross School of Business may substitute this experience for their Marsal School of Education internship requirement and complete additional elective credits to reach the required credits for the MA program.
Please see Internship Resources for ES Master's Students for more information.