Can a dual degree help maximize your potential?

Several programs within The School of Business at Portland State offer students the opportunity to create a dual degree, bridging two complementary masters programs. This allows graduate students to take courses across both curricula, engage with a large and interdisciplinary professional network, and share credits to save time and money. 

A dual degree is an attractive option for students who want to maximize academic qualifications and stand out in an increasingly competitive job market. Here are three of the dual masters degrees available to PSU business students.

The Portland MBA & Masters of Science in Finance

The MBA/MSF dual degree combines two popular masters degrees into one track where students can engage in the foundational business knowledge of the MBA as well as hone their quantitative skills in the Master of Science in Finance (MSF). 

“The MBA is based on the T model,” says Tichelle Sorenson, academic director of The Portland MBA. “The MBA curriculum provides the horizontal content, which is broad and covers a wide range of business knowledge. Most specialized programs are vertical strokes, with deep knowledge in a specific area.” 

In the dual MBA/MSF degree program, students are able to blend the broad knowledge of the MBA with the depth of the MSF. It’s an effective way to upskill for professionals in both the private and public sectors. “Students develop strategic and critical thinking, leadership and communication skills combined with financial knowledge to make business decisions and drive change,” says Julie Hackett, academic director of the MSF program.

Both programs are known for their exceptional quality and have a strong reputation in the business community. U.S. News & World Report, Conscious Company Magazine, Corporate Knights, Princeton Review and others have rated The Portland MBA as one of the nation’s best MBAs. The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute has recognized PSU as a University Affiliate, an elite classification certifying that MSF’s STEM-designated curriculum aligns with CFA standards.

The Portland MBA & Masters of Science in Global Supply Chain Management

The Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management (MSGSCM) is one of only three global supply chain management graduate programs approved by the Institute for Supply Management. Also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, the MSGSCM program is designed to ensure students are equipped with end-to-end perspectives on both the management functions and the technical skills of running global supply chains.

“When an MBA student wants to pursue a dual degree in MBA with MSGCM, I ask them to be sure about which supply chain function they are interested in, and why they want to pursue a supply chain management career,” says Daniel Wong, academic director of the MSGSCM. “Being mindful of our current student loans crisis, we have an obligation to help students understand their educational investment and pursue options that will help them advance toward personal career ambitions after graduation.”

The Masters of Real Estate Development & Masters of Science in Finance

Students who wish to combine the MSF with the Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) can enroll in a dual MRED/MSF degree. The MRED exposes students to various components of the real estate industry, such as financial analysis, construction management and sustainable building. Adding the MSF provides a holistic and in-depth understanding of corporate finance, investment and risk-taking across all industries. 

“MRED/MSF graduates have a unique skillset to offer employers, including a depth of knowledge in real estate finance and quantitative analysis skills as it relates to the built environment,” says Julie Gibson, executive director of the Center for Real Estate. These two programs combine to form a strong pathway for students who hope to work in real estate finance, and also provides a wider array of financial analysis across multiple industries for those who may want to explore multiple pathways. 

“These dual degree options will be most valuable to international students looking for more work experience in the United States or students who want to follow a distinct career that covers the intersection of two different fields.” says Gerard Mildner, academic director of the MRED. “Real estate, management and finance and real estate and urban planning are three good examples.” 

“Doing a dual degree program efficiently requires some advance planning, so I encourage students to sit down with an academic director or admissions advisor to map out their programs,” Mildner encourages.

For more information on dual degree programs, and to see if a dual degree might be the right fit for your goals, schedule an advising appointment with Angela Wright.

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