The BS/MBA Joint Degree Program is available for UTEP engineering students in the following majors: Computer Science, Industrial, Manufacturing, Systems, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Leadership, and Materials and Metallurgical Engineering.
This joint degree program allows engineering students to build their management skills and enhance their marketability by earning their Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees concurrently. BS/MBA students benefit from a program that allows them to earn both degrees with a reduction of 18 credits across both degree programs.
BS/MBA Program Admission Requirements
- At least 90 credit hours accumulated toward their degree
- A cumulative GPA of at least 3.30
- Admission to the full-time MBA program. Click here for MBA admission requirements.
Profile in Success: Daniel Rivero, BS-IE ‘10, MBA ‘12
Project Manager, International Junior Management Program, Continental Automotive
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your experience before joining the UTEP MBA program.
Before joining the MBA I was an industrial engineering major at UTEP. I always had a strong passion for engineering and physics so I was already doing what I liked. I had several research projects on top of my full time classwork and that led me to a research position in computer science. I was researching face recognition algorithms and other computer learning technologies. Through this experience, I was able to excel in industrial process optimizing classes and projects. I was also the vice president of the Institute of Industrial Engineering (IIE) Chapter in 2009 and participated in several extra-curricular activities.
Why did you pursue an MBA?
I understood that having a good balance between qualitative and quantitative skills would help me succeed. The MBA seemed like the perfect horizontal growth I needed to complete a 'well-rounded' education. In 2010, when I graduated with my BS the job market was not robust so it was the perfect time to complete my education. UTEP offered a full-time MBA which was focused on global markets and international experiences. It was just what I was looking for.
Where do you work? How has your MBA helped you in your current position?
I am a project manager in an International Junior Management Program with Continental Automotive.
As a part of my MBA program I participated in a Corporate Engagement Project with Continental Automotive in the El Paso/Juarez region. I was the team leader with four other MBA students charged with completing a strategic planning project. We were a great team and the outcome was good enough to result in a job offer as a graduate trainee with Continental. After only six months as a graduate trainee, I joined the Junior Management Program. This was the best opportunity I could have hoped for. I worked for about a year in the El Paso/Juarez area as an operations project manager, then I was transferred to Germany to work as a sales manager. After Germany, I was transferred to Sao Paulo, Brazil to begin work as a project manager. At the moment, I am in the Detroit, Michigan area working as a program manager. Life is good!
Did having an MBA factor into your job prospects?
Definitely! One week prior completing my MBA, I had 3 job offers. It was such an exciting decision. That was very different from when I graduated with my bachelor degree two years earlier.
What would you tell students considering the BS/MBA joint degree program?
It is not an easy path, but it will be fun, challenging, and full of opportunities. Don't even think about it, do it!!