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Southern Oregon University

Now a Dual Degree!

SOU's Master in Management program has been offered in Mexico since 2002 in conjunction with the Universidad de Guanajuato. Participants in the program represent global companies such as Kellogg's and General Motors, state agencies, and the University. An intensive course schedule allows working professionals to earn a masters degree from Southern Oregon University in about two and a half years -- without leaving Mexico! Thanks to a new dual degree program, participants can also earn the MiM degree from the University of Guanajuato as well as their degree from Southern Oregon University!

Five cohorts have already graduated with their masters degrees from this program and a sixth cohort is halfway through its coursework. Graduates of the UG program echo their counterparts in Southern Oregon: what they appreciate most about their MiM experience are the practical skills and knowledge they have gained and the rewarding relationships and professional networks they have developed with their colleagues through their coursework.

Program Structure

In Mexico, this program is offered on a "cohort" basis with all participants taking the same courses, beginning the program and ending it at the same time. Ten core courses are presented by SOU faculty and five elective courses are taught by UG instructors. Coursework is conducted primarily in English and classes are held at the DCEA campus in Marfil.

Courses are presented sequentially, not concurrently. Core courses alternate with electives and courses are generally offered six weeks apart. Each course is taught in an intensive schedule with four class meetings held over a two week period. Classes meet Friday from 4:00-9:00 and Saturday from 8:30-6:00 for two consecutive weeks. Before, during and after class sessions, instructors and participants work on course content and projects using an online instructional tool.

Curriculum

Each course counts as 3 academic credits, with a total of 45 credits required for the degree. Core courses are the same as those offered in Oregon, with the exception of the two seminar courses (MM 520 and MM 522). In the place of these two seminars, participants in Guanajuato take MM 540 Orientation which combines the seminars and provides additional instruction in learning organizations. Electives have included Business English, Workteam-Based Management, Project Management, and Conflict Resolution. Participants may substitute courses from other accredited universities for program electives with approval of program administration at SOU and UG. Anyone who misses a core course may make it up with a later cohort.

Like their Oregon counterparts, participants in Guanajuato also complete their degree with a comprehensive capstone project that demonstrates mastery of key managerial concepts. As they do in Oregon, projects represent the diverse interests of program participants. Topics for capstones in Guanajuato have included a feasibility study for raising fish commercially, the possibility of establishing a center for early childhood education, a study of teaching effectiveness in a medical school, an analysis of project management, and surveys of IT practices in public agencies.

Program Requirements

Candidates need three years of managerial experience or of service to UG to qualify for the program. In addition, applicants need to have a minimum TOEFL score of 540 (207 or 76) on an international TOEFL exam or an institutional exam administered by UG. Official scores are required by SOU Admissions within six months of the initiation of a cohort. This program handbook and course calendar  have been established for the 9th cohort. 

To apply

Download this dual degree application to apply for admission to SOU and UG. Download and complete the MiM program application available here. (Note: Both forms are "fillable," but you must print them out once you have completed them -- they cannot be saved to your computer.) In addition to these applications, candidates need to download this evaluation form and ask three individuals familiar with their professional work to complete it on their behalf. In addition to application materials, interviews are scheduled periodically to allow program representatives to assess candidates' oral proficiency in English and compatibility with the program.

If you  have questions about the application process or the program in general, please contact Eva Conraud via e-mail at evac@ugto.mx.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition is set for each cohort and will be maintained for all 15 courses presented to the cohort. For the cohort initiated in 2012, tuition and fees for each 3-credit course are $700(USD).

For More Information

To learn more about this program, please contact Eva Conraud.