January 30, 2012

Dual programs in environmental engineering, business launched

The university’s Whiting School of Engineering, through Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals, and its Carey Business School are now offering dual master’s degree programs in environmental engineering and business administration.

“Over the last few years, it has become increasingly clear that environmental engineering professionals have a need for advanced business skills in the course of their daily work,” said Hedy Alavi, chair of EP’s Environmental Engineering, Science and Management program and a Carey Business School alumnus. “This new partnership between the two divisions allows students to learn and apply complex concepts in both environmental engineering and business.”

Students may pursue a master of science in environmental planning and management, a master of science in environmental engineering and science, or a master of environmental engineering within EP, each combining with an MBA within the Carey Business School. They may take courses in the two schools simultaneously or sequentially. Graduates will receive two degrees, one from each school.

Registration for the dual degree programs is currently open for spring.

Phillip H. Phan, interim dean of the Carey Business School, said, “Across higher education, we’re seeing more dual degree graduate programs that include an MBA. I believe this reflects the recognition across multiple disciplines—medicine, the arts, law, education and many others—that a solid grounding in business is essential to success in a marketplace that becomes more global and more challenging by the day. These new dual programs from the Whiting School of Engineering and the Carey Business School will provide students with the opportunity to combine skills from two distinct disciplines in a way that will place them at a great advantage when they graduate.”

Applicants must meet the admissions requirements of both the Whiting School’s EP program and the Carey Business School.

As part of the dual program structure, students will be able to complete both master’s degrees in less time than it would take to complete them as separate programs. For the environmental engineering degree, students will be able to count two EP course equivalents of academic credit from the Carey MBA toward the 10-course EP degree requirements. For the MBA degree, students will be able to count the academic equivalent of 12 credits from the EP program toward the Carey 54-credit Professional MBA program. Students will attain the two degrees by completing 66 credits (28 courses) rather than the 84 (36 courses) that would be required when pursuing the two independently.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our environmental engineering students to combine a first-class technical education with the business foundation that will keep them competitive in their careers for many years to come,” said Dexter G. Smith, associate dean of engineering for the EP program.

For more information about the dual degree programs, call 800-548-3647 or go to ep.jhu.edu.