A new dual degree program lets DePaul University students enjoy the global business cultures of Chicago and Paris while preparing to be socially responsible leaders. DePaul and The American University of Paris (AUP) have partnered to create a dual degree program leading to an MBA from DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business and an MA in Cross-cultural and Sustainable Business from AUP within two years.

“This dual degree program provides participants with two perspectives on how to evaluate business opportunities and manage in a global environment,” says Daniel Heiser, associate dean and associate professor in DePaul’s Driehaus College of Business. “The European perspective can be much different from what you find in Chicago or the Midwest.”

The program was created by the Driehaus Center for International Business, which promotes DePaul’s business programs to international communities and sponsors programs to enhance a global educational experience.

Dual degree advantages
 For DePaul students, the dual degree program provides:

  • International perspectives: Students connect with peers from around the world while studying in Chicago and Paris, with opportunities to take courses in Bahrain. 
  • Competitive advantages: Students get exposure to in-depth classes in cross-cultural management and sustainable business, giving them a background to become globally minded, socially responsible business leaders.
  • Worldwide networks: Students learn from distinguished faculty at the two universities and connect with global alumni networks for both schools.
Program requirements

  • Prospective students must apply to both DePaul’s MBA program and AUP’s MA program and fulfill admission requirements of both institutions to be eligible for the dual degree program.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 48 credits to fulfill the requirements for an MBA from DePaul, as well as complete nine courses and an internship or thesis (equating to 40 credits) to fulfill requirements for the MA degree at AUP.
The dual degree program lets a number of courses from the AUP master’s degree double-count as electives for the DePaul MBA. For example, an MBA usually requires 18 classes, but this program allows students to earn two degrees in just 21 classes. “The degrees don’t completely overlap, but there’s a significant savings of time and money compared with pursuing both degrees independently,” says Heiser. “There is a substantial bang for your buck.”
To learn more about the DePaul/AUP dual degree, contact Robert Ryan, assistant dean and director at Kellstadt, or Mehdi Majidi, director of the Master Program in Cross-cultural and Sustainable Business Management at AUP.