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
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
- Worldwide networks: Students learn from
distinguished faculty at the two universities and connect with global alumni
networks for both schools.
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.”
- 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.