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MAL/MBA Dual Degree

The dual degree program gives students the benefits of studying business administration and leadership in a coordinated program. This dual degree program leverages Augsburg’s long-standing tradition of graduate leadership training via the Master of Arts (MA) in Leadership with the demand for business education through our Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. This unique credential equips students with the skills to lead and manage an organization, preparing them to thrive in today’s interconnected world.

Admission to the Dual Degree Program

Applicants apply to a home program—either MA in Leadership or MBA. Once a student is admitted to their home program, the student will have an initial advising meeting and is required to meet with an adviser at least once per year. As the student approaches degree completion in their home program, the student will submit an abbreviated application for their second degree. The student must be finished with either the MA in Leadership or the MBA before starting the second program.

Admission for both degree programs will be processed as the applications come in on an ongoing basis. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university to qualify. Official transcripts from the applicant’s undergraduate degree along with transcripts from any college or graduate work that was completed after graduating are required, as well as a current résumé and two recommendations.

Master of Arts in Leadership Home

Primary Program: MA in Leadership

11 courses

Students take the following leadership courses to complete the Master of Arts in Leadership degree:

  • ML 505 – Foundations of Leadership
  • ML 514 – Evaluating Empirical Research
  • ML 560 – Cultural Competence and Effective Leadership
  • Complete one course from requisite category 1: Personal Growth and Interpersonal Dynamics
    • ML 520 – Self-Identity and Values: Keys to Authentic Leadership
    • ML 538 – Communication Skills for Leadership
    • ML 548 – Coaching and Consulting
    • ML 575 – Constructive Conflict Resolution
  • Complete ML 535 from requisite category 2: Organizational and Community Context
    • ML 535 – Organization Theory and Leadership
  • Elective courses – select five additional Master of Arts in Leadership electives
  • ML 585 – Integrating the Theory and Practice of Responsible Leadership

Secondary Program: Master of Business Administration

8 course required; 2 additional courses optional for a concentration area

Once a Master of Arts in Leadership degree has been granted, the dual degree student may apply to the MBA program. The student will then take these MBA courses to receive their MBA degree:

  • MBA 570 – Quantitative Decision-Making for Managers
  • MBA 520 – Accounting for Business Managers
  • MBA 510 – Applied Managerial Economics
  • MBA 530 – Managerial Finance
  • MBA 595 – Strategic Management
  • MBA 550 – Marketing Management
  • MBA 565 – Managing in a Global Environment
  • MBA 580 – Management Consulting Project

Concentration Areas (optional; choose one concentration and take both courses)

  • Entrepreneurship concentration
    • MBA 596 – Managing Innovation
    • MBA 583 – Entrepreneurship: Execution, Planning and Strategy
  • Finance concentration
    • MBA 535 – International Finance
    • MBA 532 – Investment Theory and Portfolio Management

Master of Business Administration Home

14 courses required

Primary Program: Master of Business Administration

Students take the following courses to complete the Master of Business Administration degree:

  • MBA 592 – Leadership: Ethics, Vision, and Transformation
  • MBA 545 – Organizational Behavior
  • MBA 560 – Communication Issues in Management
  • MBA 540 – Business and Professional Ethics
  • MBA 570 – Quantitative Decision-Making for Managers
  • MBA 520 – Accounting for Business Managers
  • MBA 510 – Applied Managerial Economics
  • MBA 530 – Managerial Finance
  • MBA 595 – Strategic Management
  • MBA 550 – Marketing Management
  • MBA 565 – Managing in a Global Environment
  • MBA 580 – Management Consulting Project
  • Complete one of the following concentrations:
    • Entrepreneurship concentration: MBA 596 and MBA 583
    • Finance concentration: MBA 535 and MBA 532
    • Leadership concentration: Two ML electives

Secondary Program: MA in Leadership

5-7 courses required

Once a Master of Business Administration degree has been granted, the dual degree student may start the MA in Leadership program. The student will then take the ML courses below to receive their Master of Arts in Leadership degree. Note that if the Leadership concentration was completed for the MBA degree, those two courses can be applied toward the MA in Leadership requirements.

  • ML 514 – Evaluating Empirical Research
  • ML 560 – Cultural Competence and Effective Leadership
  • Complete one course from requisite category 1: Personal Growth and Interpersonal Dynamics
    • ML 520 – Self-Identity and Values: Keys to Authentic Leadership
    • ML 538 – Communication Skills for Leadership
    • ML 548 – Coaching and Consulting
    • ML 575 – Constructive Conflict Resolution
  • Complete one course from requisite category 2: Organizational and Community Context
    • ML 512 – Responsible Leadership for the 21st Century
    • ML 531 – Dynamics of Change
    • ML 536 – Facilitating Organizational Change
  • Elective courses – select two Master of Arts in Leadership elective courses
  • ML 585 – Integrating the Theory and Practice of Responsible Leadership

Earning the dual degree during or after the MBA or MA in Leadership program

Currently enrolled MBA or MA in Leadership students, or alumni who wish to return to Augsburg, may add the additional degree to their existing degree by completing the same requirements listed; Director’s approval is required.

Returning students may complete an abbreviated application form after consultation with the MBA or MA-L program director. Upon entering the MBA program, online quantitative skills modules are required in five areas and must be completed before beginning the quantitative courses:

  • Statistics
  • Excel Spreadsheets
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance

These modules are used as an introduction to, or a review, in order to help enhance the student’s skills and knowledge for the MBA quantitative coursework.