Four-Year Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Pairing Launched

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
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The pilot Rose Squared (R2) program allows eligible students to earn a Bachelor of Science in their major and a Master of Engineering Management in the same four-year period. Future expansion will include other combined degrees.

Rose-Hulman is launching a new combined bachelor and master’s degree pairing in which students can put their eligible credits earned before attending the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) college to work and obtain two degrees in just four years at no additional cost.

This pilot program, named Rose Squared (R2), allows eligible students to earn a Bachelor of Science in their chosen major and a Master of Engineering Management in the same four-year period. Future expansion of the program to other academic departments will enable offering additional combined bachelor’s and master’s degrees that can be completed in four years.

The program is especially appropriate for high school graduates entering Rose-Hulman with several qualifying Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or other earned college credits.

“We are not just recruiting the world’s most talented STEM students, we are also recruiting tomorrow’s business, industry, and government leaders,” said Robert A. Coons, president of Rose-Hulman. “I look forward to seeing how students emerging from this program impact our world.”

In the engineering management pilot track, students are allowed the flexibility to take graduate-level engineering management courses during the final two years of their four-year Rose-Hulman education. It is designed for students who wish to advance into leadership positions early in their careers, says Craig Downing, director of the new program and head of Rose-Hulman’s Department of Engineering Management.

“This pilot program is designed for our students who want to establish or expand their business acumen as it relates to the practice of engineering and its interaction with other operational aspects of a business or organization,” said Downing, who is also Rose-Hulman’s associate dean of lifelong learning. “This is for students who love engineering, science, and math, but also want to gain a broader organizational perspective.”

A Rose-Hulman master’s degree in engineering management offers the business training of a Master of Business Administration with an added STEM focus. Graduates of the program often assume leadership roles in science and technology fields, while others earn management positions in non-traditional fields for engineers such as systems analyst, sales/marketing, and supply chain management.
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