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Our Program

Earn two degrees in less time with the dual-degree Purdue MSE+ Kelley MBA program. The joint program optimizes the credits you earn at both universities by allowing you to complete both degrees in only 60 credit hours. The program is delivered in three segments: technical/engineering, bridge courses, and MBA courses. This program was created for engineers looking to advance their knowledge in the engineering field while also developing the kind of business and management skills that will lead to new professional opportunities. 

You'll learn from the same renowned faculty who teach on campus at Purdue University and graduate with both an MSE/MS from Purdue and an MBA from IU.

In 2022, Purdue University is ranked #1 in Best Online Master's in Engineering Management Programs by U.S. News and World Report. Purdue University's online graduate engineering program is consistently ranked among the top three programs by U.S. News & World Report. The IU Kelley School of Business online MBA program is highly ranked as well, and has been honored by Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Financial Times.

This streamlined degree process will save you time and money while also expanding your skills in multiple areas. Completing each of these degrees separately would result in more than 80 credit hours of academic study and cost nearly $100,000.

Courses offered in the following topic areas:

Accounting for Decision-Making Financial Management
Globalization Law and Ethics
Organizational Development and Change Planning
Project Management Strategic Marketing
Strategy Development Team-Based Management

Every plan varies based on your interest, time, and course load. Most working professionals take one course at a time. The degree awarded is either the Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) or the Master of Science (MS) depending upon your undergraduate degree and the major is Interdisciplinary Engineering for the engineering portion of the degree.

The MBA portion of the degree will be a General Management MBA with a well-rounded curriculum across each core area of business. While the majority of your coursework will be taught online, you’ll still have the opportunity to meet world-renowned faculty on campus once a year for face-to-face instruction and networking during the Kelley Immersion.

Online Plan of Study Overview

The engineering portion of the degree requires 30 credit hours total with at least 18 hours Purdue engineering courses, 12 credit hours over four bridge areas (economics, operations, information technology, and quantitative analysis) and a maximum of 6 credit hours IU courses; the MBA portion of the degree is an additional 30 credit hours totaling 60 credit hours.

You may add one concentration to your degree but is not required.  If you choose a concentration, the concentration requirements must be met within the overall degree requirements.  You choose your concentration on the official electronic Plan of Study (ePOS). A concentration shows on the transcript, not the diploma.

Finally, you will fill out the remaining credit hours from your degree and/or concentration of choice by using the advanced planning schedule that details available, online courses acceptable for use towards your Purdue plan of study.

After completing the Purdue engineering degree requirements,  you'll transition into the MBA portion.

For planning purposes, expand the dual MSE/MS+MBA curriculum requirements for more plan of study details including further details on the MBA portion of the degree.


There are separate tuition costs for your online engineering courses and online business management courses you will be taking in this program.  The current tuition rate for the online Kelley courses is $1,145 per credit hour (Tuition and fees are subject to change every academic year.). As part of your Kelley studies, there are additional costs for books.


You must already hold an undergraduate degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program or one with equivalent standards. You must apply and be admitted to "Purdue University, College of Engineering". More information about application requirements can be found by visiting the program's admissions page. 


Term Priority Deadline Deadline
Fall July 1 July 31
Spring November 1 November 30
Summer May 1 May 15

Alumni Testimony

Kris Young"Kris Young Dealer Account Executive, Cummins Inc. Graduated 2015 Dual Master of Science in Engineering & Master of Business Administration "

Dealer Account Executive, Cummins Inc.

Dual Master of Science in Engineering & Master of Business Administration, Graduated 2015

In Young’s role at Cummins, he provides information, support, and training regarding Cummins' products, tools, offerings, and services to On-highway dealers within the AZ/NM territory. Young was previously in research and development and found himself utilizing his MSE+MBA degree on a daily basis. The information he learned in his programs gave Young a new professional tool kit that was directly applicable to the job market. 

Young said, "The degree shows an added dedication to understanding the field as well as equips you with the foundational knowledge & tools to answer the questions and solve the problems you'll be up against on a daily basis. The flexible schedule was very beneficial, as well as the ability to re-watch lectures."

Young enjoyed the expertise provided by his Purdue professors and found the courses challenging and interesting. To Young, being a Purdue Engineer means getting trained in cutting-edge techniques, tools, and technologies by some of the world’s best engineering experts. It also means being able to apply advanced knowledge to solve real-world problems.