IE Business School and Germany’s RWTH Aachen University will launch a dual degree Master in Management and Digital Engineering Master for science students looking to build a strong foundation in business this September.
The program, which lasts 2.5 years and sees students receive classes on both campuses, offers an innovative answer to the global challenge for the future of work by training business leaders for the industry 4.0
“This is the first dual degree of this kind,” said Stephanie Villemagne, the Associate Dean of Masters in Finance and Masters in Management programs. “We have dual degrees between our own schools at IE and other business schools. It is the first time we are teaming up with an engineering school. So it’s unique that way.”
Students eligible for the degree program will be those with a Bachelor’s in Science degree in science, technology or engineering with one year of work experience.
“We are marketing the program together,” Villemagne explained, saying candidates are taking an interest in the program. “Because students need to have an engineering background in order to join the programmes, they will go through Aachen first.”
"The mix of science and management is probably the best thing you can do for the future of work."
Of the five semesters, the first two will require the students to be at RWTH Aachen campus where the students will get an in-depth knowledge of finite element methods, artificial intelligence and software engineering as well as smart business processes, new digital business models ranging from IT-security to Customer Relations Management.
On their third and fourth semesters, the students will move to the Madrid campus of IE Business School campus where they will pursue their Masters in Management with 6 different specialization tracks and more than 50 different electives.
In the last semester of the double-degree journey, students will write an interdisciplinary thesis combining the learning contents of the two programs.
“The mix of science and management is probably the best thing you can do for the future of work,” Villemagne said. “I believe that many engineers start their careers without managements skills and many managers do not understand science or engineering enough: I think we are bringing the best of world together.”