Dean’s Scholars Program

2 business degrees in 4 years!

Complete your BBA or BSBA degree in Business, with a Master's in the Area of Specialization of your choice:  Business Analytics, Finance, Health Management, International Business, or Leadership, all in 8 full-time semesters at UM.

  • Rising second-year MBS students are invited to apply to the selective MBS Dean’s Scholars program in May 2019. 
  • Admission criteria include an outstanding first-year UM record, 10-12 AP/IB or dual enrollment credits or more, and a successful candidate interview.
  • Notifications of selection (including scholarship award for master's coursework) will be made by July , 2020.  
  • Rigorous undergraduate schedule accelerates the undergraduate business degree to six full-time semesters.
  • After admission, Dean's Scholars elect the specialized master’s program no later than the fifth semester, to be completed in the seventh and eighth semesters.

Accepting applications for rising sophomores in May 2019


Join our top MBS business undergraduates in this exclusive program!

Special Benefits include:

  • Deep master's-level specialization in the area of choice exceeds the typical undergraduate “major”
  • Generous MBS scholarships available for master's level study
  • GMAT/GRE waiver makes application process simple
  • Faculty-led GLOBE experiential trip abroad in May after the sixth semester
  • Early access to Ziff Graduate Career Resource Center
  • Annual breakfast with MBS dean and invitations to special events

Apply and secure your Graduate Business future now!


Preview MBS's specialized master's programs: 

Master of Science in Business Analytics
Master of Science in Finance
Master in Health Administration
Master in International Business
Master of Science in Leadership

What is the BBA or BSBA in General Business?

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is the typical road for an undergraduate business student.  The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) emphasizes the quantitative foundation.  Both lead to career success, but one may be more apt for you than the other.  Dean’s Scholars can choose either degree program.

BBA Curriculum                                          BSBA Curriculum


The General Business Program

Selecting to pursue the BBA or BSBA in General Business allows students at Miami Business School to tailor their advanced coursework creatively and to seek and develop connections among the business disciplines in ways that will suit their own academic interests and graduate school or career objectives.  Building upon the strong foundation provided by the business core of required courses for either degree, students pursuing this program of study will be motivated to craft a unique business specialization that enhances their ability to respond to and compete in a dynamic economic marketplace.

In constructing the General Business coursework, the student must consult with his/her Business School academic advisor.  A three‐person committee comprised of at least one faculty member and at least one undergraduate business academic advisor will be appointed by the Undergraduate Business Education Committee to oversee the student’s chosen academic program, provide feedback and assistance with course choices, and to connect the student to other relevant faculty or administrators for advice where indicated.

To fully capitalize on the Dean’s Scholars program, candidates are required to focus their General Business Major in disciplines outside their intended master’s program. 


Curriculum for the BBA or BSBA in General Business: 

Students, including Dean’s Scholars, wishing to pursue the BBA or BSBA in General Business must complete:

  1. all University general education requirements, unless exempt (e.g. Foote Fellows), and
  2. the Business Core requirements for either the BBA or the BSBA, including the international focus course, and
  3. a minimum of 18 additional credit hours of upper-level (300-500 level) coursework chosen from among the course offerings of Miami Business School.  The specific coursework selected to satisfy the General Business “major” designation may not be utilized to also satisfy the Business Core.  All coursework must be taken for a grade and within the current pre-requisite structure.

Specific clusters of General Business coursework that will be approved for Dean’s Scholars depend on the Master’s program that the Dean’s Scholar selects. 

Given the nature of the General Business program, a limited amount of flexibility is allowed.  The General Business coursework is designed to broaden the Scholar’s overall curriculum in preparation for the deep specialization the master’s level work will involve. Thus, except in rare cases, no more than two courses in any discipline should be included in an individual Scholar’s general business coursework, and the general business coursework elected in anticipation of a given master’s program should not, except in rare cases, include more than one undergraduate course in that specific discipline.

General Business coursework is not completed until the fourth semester at the earliest.  By that time, Scholars are expected to have a good idea which master’s program they will choose, and then complete general business coursework that provides them with the intended variety of disciplines. 

What about electives and coursework outside Business?

Each of the BBA and BSBA degree programs requires students to complete 120 credits.  Because they are leveraging their AP/IB/dual enrollment credits, most Dean’s Scholars will have at least 5-7 electives they can put to use discovering disciplines and areas of study outside of business.  If combined, these courses can allow the Dean’s Scholar to complete a minor outside Miami Business School

Explore the Academic Bulletin to discover the wealth of minors offered to bachelor’s students by UM’s eight other schools and colleges. 

Popular minors include Architecture, Art/Art History, Classics, Climate Science & Policy, Creative Writing, Criminology, Education,  Electronic Media, Exercise Physiology, Game Design, Industrial Engineering, Journalism, Judaic Studies, LGBTQ Studies, Marine Science, Mathematics, any of the Modern Languages, Motion Pictures, Music Business & Entertainment Industries, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Public Health, Sport Administration, Theater Arts, and Women’s & Gender Studies.

Depending on the precise courses earned in AP/IB/dual enrollment, on occasion, a Dean’s Scholar may have enough available elective credits to complete a major outside Business. 

Program Rules

- Formal selection of the master’s program must be completed no later than the end of the fifth semester.  Petitions to switch master’s programs early in the sixth semester may be entertained, based on available space, but are not guaranteed.
- Dean’s Scholar designation, as well as admission to/scholarship grant for master’s program of choice, is conditioned upon the student maintaining:
  • a 3.5 GPA, calculated annually, and
  • good academic standing.  Disciplinary or Honor Code violation(s) will result in revocation of Dean’s Scholar designation and admission to/scholarship grant for master’s level study.
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