Sep 28, 2023  
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Industrial Engineering, M.I.E./M.B.A.

M.B.A./Master of Industrial Engineering:

Cullen College of Engineering
Director of Engineering Management Program
Department of Industrial Engineering
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-4814
(713) 743-4180

The Cullen College of Engineering and the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston offer a concurrent degree program that enables students to prepare for careers in which the understanding of both engineering science and business studies is critical.  This program provides students with the opportunity to complete the degree requirements for the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Industrial Engineering in a shorter period of time than if the two degrees were pursued separately.

Course Requirements

The MIE/MBA course requirements for this degree objective are the same as for the MIE, except that up to four courses from the C. T. Bauer College of Business are accepted as electives.  The intent of this program is that, upon completion of the requirements for each degree, the student shall be awarded the two degrees simultaneously.


Students applying for the combined MBA/MIE program are required to have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited program in engineering.

Students interested in the MIE/MBA concurrent degree program must follow the separate application procedures for admission to the MBA program and the MIE program.  Students must be admitted to each of the programs and admission to one has no official bearing upon admission to the other.  Upon acceptance, enrollment in both the Cullen College of Engineering (MIE) and the C. T. Bauer College of Business (MBA) academic programs should occur within a period of one year.

The procedure to apply for the MBA graduate program can be found here.

Upon acceptance by each program, the applicant must petition the MIE/MBA Directors for admissions to the concurrent degree program.  Each school will have a designated Director for the MIE/MBA program to provide academic advising for concurrent degree program students.

Current MIE or MBA Students

Application to the concurrent degree program, from students who have enrolled in either the MIE or MBA program will be permitted under the following conditions:

  • MIE students PETITIONING to enter the program should have completed not more than 18 semester hours of their required coursework.
  • MBA students should have completed not more than 27 semester hours of their required MBA coursework.

The C. T. Bauer College of Business requires concurrent degree program students to complete the 21 hours of core MBA courses and an additional 15 hours of the C. T. Bauer College of Business graduate electives.

The Cullen College of Engineering requires the student to complete 21 hours of Industrial Engineering courses.

Upon completion of these curriculum requirements for both degrees, 12 semester hours from the graduate business curriculum will apply toward the MIE degree, enabling the student to complete the requirements for both degrees.  Students should contact the MIE/MBA Directors for recommendations on the sequencing of courses from the two programs.

If the student fails to complete one of the degree programs, then the following requirements governing the remaining degree will be in effect:

  • The C. T. Bauer College of Business will accept a maximum of 6 semester hours from the engineering curriculum should the student fail to complete the MIE degree.  This acceptance is also contingent on the courses satisfying MBA guidelines regarding electives taken outside the C. T. Bauer College of Business.
  • The Cullen College of Engineering will accept a maximum of 6 hours taken in the C. T. Bauer College of Business (graduate level), toward the 33 semester hours needed for the MIE degree.  Should the student fail to complete the MBA degree, the courses taken in the C. T. Bauer College of Business Administration will be reviewed to determine if they are acceptable for the MIE degree requirements.


To graduate, the student must meet all graduation requirements of both colleges.  Courses taken from either college will be counted towards the degree from the other college ONLY WHEN the student has completed all requirements and is eligible to receive both degrees.  Graduation with both degrees must occur in the same semester.