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Dual Degree Masters Programs

In addition to the stand-alone MA, CSAS offers dual degree programs that combine the MA with graduate degrees offered by other programs at U-M. In addition to pre-defined dual degree programs, students may also combine the SAS MA with graduate degrees in other units as a self-initiated dual degree.  Applicants may apply for admission simultaneously to both programs, or start in one program and apply to their second program during their first year.  Interested applicants should contact both programs to which they wish to apply, and must gain separate and independent admission to both programs. Applicants will need to submit applications, fees, and other required materials to each program separately. When filling out application forms, applicants should be sure to check the dual degree boxes on both forms.

South Asian Studies and Business


The Stephen M. Ross School of Business and CSAS offer a pre-defined dual degree program leading to concurrent MBA and MA degrees. This program combines professional training in the fundamentals of business administration with intensive interdisciplinary study of South Asia. Students completing the program will be prepared to pursue business careers and other opportunities in the region.

This dual degree program may begin with studies in either school; however, because of the sequential nature of core courses in the MBA program, most students will find it advantageous to devote their first year to business courses. The 69-credit hour program is arranged so that all requirements for both degrees may be completed within three years of full time, day time enrollment, and the degrees are awarded simultaneously. This program is not open to students who have earned either an MBA or MA in SAS from another institution.

For more information including a sample plan of study, see the Business School's dual degree page. The application for admission to the MBA program is available through the Ross School of Business website.

For further information on the SAS MA, see Master's Degree Program.

*GMAT scores may be submitted to both programs and will be considered in place of the GRE for SAS MA admissions.


Other Dual Degree Options

In addition to the established dual degree program in business, qualified students may combine a SAS MA degree with another U-M graduate or professional degree to create a self-initiated dual degree program. In recent years, SAS students have received dual degrees in SAS and architecture and urban planning, environment and sustainability, law, public health, public policy, and social work. Interested students must seek admission from both degree programs; students may apply simultaneously to both programs, or start in one and apply to the second during their first year.  Dual degree students are advised to work closely with advisors from both units to ensure that the requirements for both degrees are met in a timely manner.

For further information on student-initiated dual degree programs, please refer to Rackham Graduate School’s dual degree policies.