Southeast, German University Offer Dual Master’s Degree Program


Dual U.S./European master’s program one of few of its type

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 20, 2006 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Donald L. Harrison College of Business now has an intriguing new option available to graduate students interested in international business.

The Harrison College of Business has entered into a dual master’s degree agreement with the University of Applied Sciences in Schmalkalden, Germany. This unique agreement will allow students to complete approximately one year of graduate studies in Southeast’s master of business administration program and approximately one year in Schmalkalden’s master of arts program in international business and economics and be awarded both degrees in the time usually needed to earn one, according to Dr. Peter Gordon, director of international business programs at Southeast.

“Having a recognized qualification from both a European Union institution and from an American institution will make graduates in high demand by multi-national corporations,” Gordon said.The University of Applied Sciences – Schmalkalden is located in the eastern part of Germany, in the rolling hills of Thuringia. Initially established over 100 years ago as an engineering school, the business programs were added about 12 years ago, after the reunification of Germany. Prior to that, no business studies were offered in East Germany. 

“This is a university that has a long tradition of excellence, yet has the excitement and enthusiasm of a new university,” Gordon said. “I am pleased that UAS-S is our partner for the first such dual master’s program for Southeast. This will be one of the few such programs offered by colleges of business anywhere in the United States. We hope it may become a model for other cooperative programs with overseas partners in the future,” he said.

“This is a further step in internationalizing our curriculum,” added Dr. Gerald McDougall, dean of the Harrison College of Business. “We have had a long association with the University of Applied Sciences in Schmalkalden, and have found them to offer very strong academic programs. Adding the possibility of a European master’s degree is an exciting option for our students.”

Dr. Peter Schuster, international business coordinator at UAS-S, was similarly excited.

“Over the past seven years, more than 50 students have traveled between our two universities, as well as there being several faculty collaborations. It is exciting to take this new step at the graduate level to provide a more global educational experience for students from both universities,” he said.

Prospective students can find out more about this exciting new option by contacting Dr. Kenneth Heischmidt, the director of graduate programs for Southeast’s Harrison College of Business, at kheischmidt@semo.edu.