Concurrent Degree Program
The concurrent graduate degree program is a very popular, interdisciplinary course of study offered by the Department of Agribusiness Economics (ABE) and the College of Business and Administration at Southern Illinois University.
Students complete the requirements as a double degree major, in order to receive two master's degrees: the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and Master of Science (M.S.) with a major in agribusiness economics.
The separate M.B.A. degree requires completion of 33 semester hours of coursework; the M.S. with a major in ABE requires the completion of 30 semester hours including a thesis or research paper.
In the concurrent M.B.A./M.S. degree program, the College of Business and Administration accepts six semester hours of ABE approved coursework, and ABE accepts six semester hours of College of Business and Administration approved coursework.
The end result is that the concurrent degree requires completion of 27 semester hours of College of Business and Administration approved courses and 24 semester hours of ABE approved courses (thesis option) or 30 semester hours of ABE approved courses including a minimum of 6 semester hours of ABE courses at the 400 level (non-thesis option), or a decrease of 12 semester hours from pursuing both degrees separately.
The ABE M.S. as a part of this option requires satisfactory completion of ABE 500, 571, 572 and additional elective hours. A research component of a thesis (thesis option) or research paper (non-thesis option) as specified for the Agribusiness Economics Concentration must be completed to earn the ABE M.S degree.