Master of Science in Subsurface Geoscience (MSSG) Degree / Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree

Program Learning Outcomes for the MBA/MSSG Coordinated Degree Program 

Upon completing the MBA/MSSG Coordinated Degree Program, students will be able to:

  1. Become proficient in applying geological and geophysical knowledge and methods. 
  2. Demonstrate an understanding and application of the foundational frameworks and tools of all business disciplines, including accounting, finance, marketing, organizational behavior, and strategic management. 
  3. Develop, evaluate, and implement business strategies and operational solutions holistically, effectively integrating management principles across the functional areas both as a leader and a contributor. 

Requirements for the MBA/MSSG Coordinated Degree Program

Students may earn a coordinated MBA degree and a Master of Science degree from the Wiess School of Natural Sciences Professional Science Master’s (PSM) program in the following fields:

  • Bioscience and Health Policy (MSBHP)
  • Environmental Analysis (MSEA)
  • Nanoscale Science (MSNS)*
  • Space Studies (MSSpS)
  • Subsurface Geoscience (MSSG)

* Nanoscale Science is not accepting new students into the degree program for Fall 2018. 

For the coordinated MBA/Master of Science degree from the professional master’s program, students must complete:

  • A minimum of 75 credit hours in approved coursework, including: 
    • minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate-level study (coursework at the 500-level or above) to satisfy the (PSM) Professional Science Master's degree requirements
      • A minimum of 30 credit hours in the corresponding science discipline
      • All PSM degree-specific requirements
      • A three to six month internship
    • A minimum of 45 credit hours of graduate-level study (coursework at the 500-level or above) to satisfy the MBA degree requirements
      • A minimum of 45 credit hours of business coursework
      • All MBA core requirements, the global field experience, custom core requirements, and coordinated elective requirements

Students plan their course schedules in consultation with the Wiess School of Natural Sciences PSM program director and with the Jones Graduate School of Business Registrar Department. Coordinated degree candidates can fulfill requirements for both degrees within 3 academic years.

For general university requirements, see Graduate Degrees. Candidates in the MBA/Master of Science degree from the professional master’s program must complete all requirements as listed for both degrees, and must apply and be accepted in both degree programs. 

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Coordinated Master of Science Degree30
Total Credit Hours Required for the Coordinated MBA Degree45

Coordinated MBA/MSSG Degree Requirements

Students in the coordinated MBA/MSSG program must complete the Core Requirements and Three to Six Internship of the MSSG degree program and the Coordinated Area of Specialization below. 

MSSG Core Requirements18-19
MSSG Three to Six Month Internship
Coordinated MSSG Area of Specialization21-24
Select 1 of the following Areas of Specialization:
Energy Data Management
Geology
Geophysics
Select a maximum of 6 credit hours from approved course offerings (MGMP, MGMT, or MICO) from the Jones Graduate School of Business at the 500-level or above
Total Credit Hours39-43

Coordinated MBA Degree Requirements

Students in the coordinated MBA/Master of Engineering program or in the coordinated MBA/Master of Science degree from the professional master’s program must complete the Core Requirements, Global Field Experience, and Custom Core Requirements of the full-time MBA degree program and the Coordinated MBA Elective Requirements below. 

Full-time MBA Core Requirements25.5
Full-time MBA Global Field Experience Requirement1.5
Full-time MBA Custom Core Courses3-6
Coordinated MBA Elective Requirements
Select an additional 12-15 credit hours from departmental (MGMP, MGMT, or MICO) course offerings at the 500-level or above to reach 45 total credit hours. 112-15
Total Credit Hours45

Footnotes and Additional Information

Policies for the MBA/MSSG Coordinated Degree Program

Additional Information 

For additional information on these two degrees:

  1. Please see the Business website: https://business.rice.edu/
  2. Please see the Subsurface Geoscience website: https://profms.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the MBA/MSSG Coordinated Degree Program 

Additional Information 

For additional information on these two degrees:

  1. Please see the Business website: https://business.rice.edu/
  2. Please see the Subsurface Geoscience website: https://profms.rice.edu/