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Rose-Hulman Students Can Earn Master's Degree Through New Indiana University Kelley School of Business Partnership

September 23, 2014

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Growing Educational Partnerships: Rose-Hulman is expanding career opportunities for its students and alumni by developing partnerships with Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and Maurer School of Law. (Photo by Chris Minnick)

Rose-Hulman and Indiana University's Kelley School of Business have announced an educational partnership on a program for students at the nation's No. 1-ranked undergraduate engineering college.

In addition to earning a bachelor's degree from Rose-Hulman, many of its undergraduate students will have two options for earning a Master of Science degree from the Kelley School after completing a fifth year.

Students also will have the option of applying for deferred admission to Kelley's full-time Master of Business Administration program after graduating from Rose-Hulman.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the No. 1 engineering school in the country,” says Idalene “Idie” Kesner, dean of the Kelley School of Business and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management. “Rose-Hulman’s elite reputation and personal approach to education are similar to Kelley’s. I think students will find this a good match and a very worthwhile program that will help them navigate today’s business world."

Recent studies have indicated that while graduates of engineering programs such as Rose-Hulman enjoy high employment and earnings rates, many employers also are looking for those employees with business knowledge and skills.

“An understanding of business is important for our graduates who want to drive technological innovation,” states Richard Stamper, Rose-Hulman’s dean of faculty. “This partnership with IU’s Kelley School of Business is a wonderful way for our graduates to hone that capability and prepare themselves for a future where they can make a positive impact.”

The new 4+1 integrated master’s degree programs will provide Rose-Hulman graduates with an accelerated path to a master's degree, reducing the time by one year, and bolster their credentials and starting salary after completing their studies.

A master’s of science degree requires 30 credit hours to complete. Students will have the option to earn in-residence master’s degrees in accounting and information systems, or online master’s degrees in information technology management, entrepreneurship and innovation, business analytics, finance, global supply chain management, marketing, and strategic management. The online master’s degrees will be delivered in a blended format, with in-residence and online components.

All Rose-Hulman students will be required to take a four-week-long in-residence intensive business “core” course to provide them with the basics of business. This core course will be offered each year right after the end of the spring semester. Students may take this core course at the end of their junior or senior years. The students can begin their business coursework after the completion of the core.

This partnership is yet another development by Kelley and other schools at IU to create pathways to greater success for students in engineering, the sciences, information technology, and legal education.

The Kelley School recently announced a similar program for students in IU's College of Arts and Sciences. The IU Maurer School of Law earlier announced a partnership with Rose-Hulman, and has similar programs with Princeton University, Georgia Tech, and Knox College.

Graduates who are interested in pursuing corporate careers will receive support from the same highly ranked graduate career services available to other Kelley graduates.

For more information about the program, contact Scott Lemmon at 812-855-3516 or sclemmon[at]indiana[dot]edu.