Dual Degree MS in Conflict Management and MBA
In partnership with the Coles College of Business, we now offer a dual degree program that combines the skills of the Master of Science in Conflict Management and the Master of Business Administration. The MS in Conflict Management/Masters in Business Administration dual degree prepares students for competitive leadership and managerial positions in careers requiring extensive understanding and interaction with conflict management and business acumen.
The students’ desire for this program comes from the extensive interaction between the two sectors in areas such as global project management, negotiations, and contracting. The programs are completed in 53 credit hours rather than the 72 hours that would be necessary if the degrees were pursued separately.
Graduates of this program will:
- Develop negotiation, facilitation, mediation, and coaching skills.
- Utilize research and leadership skills.
- Apply problem-solving, collaboration, and critical thinking skills.
- Understand financial, legal, marketing, and human resources.
- Analyze complex social, economic, and political influences.
- Construct project management strategies.
- Evaluate ethics and diversity.
Program Admission Requirements
To be admitted into the dual degree program, the applicant must specify the option at the time of application to the Graduate School. Students interested in applying for the Masters in Business Administration (MBA)-MS in Conflict Management dual degree program should consult with both the MS in Conflict Management Director and MBA Director with regard to admission requirements and required courses. Applicants will be reviewed individually by both Program Directors.
To be considered for admission to the dual degree program, applicants must complete the electronic Application for Graduate Admission and submit the following supporting documents by the final deadline July 1, 2017.
The Admission Requirements are the same as the Admission Requirements for regular MS in Conflict Management students except students must take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
The GMAT is a standardized assessment of preparation for advanced study in business. For more information, visit The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC). For all MS in Conflict Management/MBA dual degree program applicants, the Coles College offers a complimentary four-session GMAT Prep Seminar (capacity limits apply).
The program consists of a minimum of 53 hours of graduate study of which 27 hours are in areas of Business Administration and 26 hours are in Conflict Management. Additional credit hours may be taken depending on each student’s academic background. It generally takes approximately three years to earn both degrees for a full-time student.
Students will be required to take the core courses from both MBA and MS in Conflict Management programs as well as two electives in the Coles College of Business:
Semester 1: Fall
Semester 2: Spring
Semester 3: Summer
Semester 4 and all the following semesters
The list below includes the final required MSCM course for semester 4. The remaining required courses for the MBA program may be taken in any order.
Program Total (53 Credit Hours)
- Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
- Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly.
- GMAT Score Report - Request that your scores be sent electronically to KSU.
- Application Letter - Can be uploaded to the online application. Should state your interest and goals for the program and potential use of the degree.
- Resume - Can be uploaded to the online application.
- Two Letters of Recommendation - Can be sent electronically through the application.