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New Dual-Degree MBA Program Blends Business and Engineering

This fall, Carnegie Mellon's Department of Electrical and Computer engineering will join forces with the University of Porto Business School in Porto, Portugal to offer a dual graduate degree program in business and engineering, according to an April 10 PRNewswire press release.

The new, two-year program will allow students to spend one year in Portugal at the University of Porto and one year in the U.S. at Carnegie Mellon. Graduates of the program will be required to meet the academic standards of both universities, and will receive an MBA from the University of Portugal Business School as well as a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon.

Opportunities for engineers in the business field have increased in recent years, reports the article, with engineering students finding their unique skill set an asset in start-up companies, consulting firms, and on Wall Street. The new dual-degree program will allow students to hone their technology and business skills while benefiting from the global structure of the program.

"This is a new paradigm for two very compatible fields as more and more companies seek the problem-solving, technical skills afforded through engineering studies and the business tool set from an MBA experience," Ed Schlesinger, professor and head of CMU's Electrical and Computer engineering Department, says in the article.