Feb 27, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 

Dual Degree: Master of Business Administration & Master of Science - Quantitative Finance

Plan Description

The Lee Business School offers a dual Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Quantitative Finance (MSQF) degree program that allows students to be admitted in both programs and achieve the MBA and MSQF degrees. As a concurrent program, the dual degree requires that students satisfy the degree requirements of both programs. This dual MBA/MSQF program is designed for those who seek to develop a solid understanding of business administration with a focus on advanced analytical skills in finance. The program will provide students with the needed skills, knowledge, and tools to become visionary and creative business leaders with strong competency in quantitative finance. Students will graduate from the program with two degrees, an MBA and an MSQF. The program includes 54 credits – each student completes a total of 30 credit hours in MBA courses and a total of 24 credit hours in MSQF courses. The program does not require a thesis.


Both departments have a certain amount of electives based on the strengths of the dual. In technical terms, the MBA has 4 electives and Finance has 2 in comparison to their original programs. This still leaves students with a program with 9 credits per semester. In other words, since the purpose of the electives is to add breadth and depth to a program, with the dual program they can achieve the breadth and depth with electives across the programs. For the MBA, having a dual with Finance gives students the option to further specialize in Finance beyond the MBA content. For Finance, students leave with a broader array of options towards the professional market.

Plan Admission Requirements

Application deadlines

Applications are available on the UNLV Graduate College website.


The admission requirements for the dual degree program are the same as each of the MBA and MSQF programs. Applicants must be admitted to each of the MBA and MSQF programs. Candidates have to apply to the MBA/MSQF Dual Degree program and meet the respective application requirements of each of the programs respectively. 

All domestic and international applicants must review and follow the  Graduate College Admission and Registration Requirements. Students are accepted into a degree program as described in the Graduate Catalog. The faculty and corresponding sub-disciplines and sub-plans within the described programs are subject to change at any time.

Plan Requirements

Total Credits Required: 54  

Course Requirements

Total Credits Required for the Business Administration M.B.A.: 30

Electives – Credits: 9

Complete 9 credits of electives from any 700-level course offered by the Lee Business School.
Capstone Course – Credits: 3

Total Credits Required for the MSQF: 24

Degree Requirements

Completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours of MBA core courses and a minimum of 24 credits of MSQF courses.

A grade point average of at least 3.00 for course work required for the degree.

No grade lower than C is acceptable.

Students with unsatisfactory progress toward the degree requirements are subject to dismissal. A student with a grade of C or lower in any of the required courses for the degree will be put on probation for one semester. Conditions and deadlines for the removal of probation will be specified. Failure to meet the condition will result in a departure from the program. A student with two grades of C or lower will be dropped from the program.

Plan Graduation Requirements

Students cannot graduate from one portion of the dual degree until the requirements for both are met. Students must apply to graduate from both programs for the same semester.

The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College and then apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing his/her degree requirements.

Successful completion of the capstone course.