Important Considerations When Deciding Between an MBA and MS Degree

The difference between a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Science (MS) degree is important to understand. Both are a good fit for career-minded professionals and offer a unique educational experience that can help you reach your goals.

An MBA degree program provides students with general business knowledge across many disciplines, including:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Organizational Behavior

The internationally ranked Walsh MBA is a rigorous program taught by a faculty team that is nearly 100% doctorally qualified and has executive business experience. The program includes unique and engaging courses such as design thinking, strategic management, and organizational leadership.

The Walsh MBA also offers several dual degree options. Earn two master’s degrees in as few as three to six additional courses:

Interdisciplinary programs include the Walsh/Kettering Tech MBA and the Cyber MBA.

An MS degree is more focused and allows students to concentrate on a certain specialization. Those with an MS degree become experts within a particular field. The Walsh MS degree offers eight specialized programs:

The Walsh MS programs combine a proven business curriculum with real-world experience from faculty who are talented and accomplished business professionals recognized within their fields.


It is important to consider your goals when choosing a program. With an MBA students learn how to look at an organization holistically while an MS degree helps prepare students to be experts in their chosen field. The right candidate for an MBA degree wants to learn skills such as how to influence and build business strategies and has a goal to accelerate the pace of their professional growth or start their own business. Students pursuing an MS want to advance within their chosen field as trusted experts or are early in their career or want to transition to a new field.

At Walsh, all graduate programs offer students an influential alumni network, lifelong career services, and a trusted reputation that can be leveraged throughout your career.

MBA Dual Degree Opportunities

Earn both your MBA and a Master of Science by completing an additional three to six courses. A dual degree can equip you with the skills, knowledge, and confidence in an area of specialty to take a commanding lead in your industry.

Dual degrees are available in:



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Schedule classes around your life. Take courses entirely online or attend classes at one of our convenient locations. Whether you choose 100% online, on ground, or a combination of each, you will receive the same personal attention from faculty and interact with classmates in small class settings. With no GMAT required, you can start any time and finish your degree at your own pace.

Faculty With Real-World Experience

There is no substitute for experience. That’s why 90% of Walsh faculty are working professionals teaching in their area of expertise.

A Network of Support

Our knowledgeable, professional staff will be there to help from your first contact to the day you graduate. With free tutoringprofessional mentoring, and networking opportunities throughout the year, you’ll have the resources you need for academic and professional success.

Lifetime Career Services

Walsh alumni can be found in nearly every Fortune 500 company in Michigan. Career Services has the tools, resources, and experienced staff to help you find a new job, navigate a career change, or advance in your current role.

Students applying for a master’s degree program must:

  • Possess an undergraduate degree or higher from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and U.S. Department of Education (USDE), Credits completed outside of the United States must be evaluated by an agency that is a member of NACES (
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of a 2.750 or better on a 4.000 scale. (Applicants with a cumulative GPA of 2.000 to 2.749 will be admitted provisionally.)
  • No GMAT or GRE required.