Joint MPP/MBA Degree Requirements

To receive a joint MPP/MBA degree, students must complete a total of 23 courses for a minimum of 69 semester course credits. This program is designed as a full-time three-year program, but students have flexibility to complete the program more quickly, by taking more than four courses during regular semesters and/or taking January and summer courses. Students can also take courses on a part-time basis to balance school with work and other outside commitments.

Recommended sequence:

Plan of Study Grid
First YearHours
PPOL 210 Public Policy and Economic Analysis 3
PPOL 241 Law and Public Policy 3
MGMT 263 Quantitative Methods 3
MGMT 209 Economics for Managers 3-3
PPOL 200 Methods of Policy Analysis 3
MGMT 226 Management Information Systems 3-3
MGMT 214 Financial Accounting 3
One elective  
 Total Hours21
Plan of Study Grid
Second YearHours
PPOL 220 Organizational Efficacy 3
MGMT 216 Corporate Finance I 3
MGMT 230 Marketing Management 3
PPOL 221 Political Efficacy 3
MGMT 215 Managerial Accounting 3-3
MGMT 279 Applied Economic Analysis 3-3
MGMT 244
Leadership and Ethics
or Ethical Reasoning in Politics and Public Policy
One elective  
 Total Hours21
Plan of Study Grid
Third YearHours
PPOL 230 Integrative Core I: Application/Integration of Policy Analysis Frameworks 3
PPOL 227 Local and Community Policy Making, Planning, and Management 3
MGMT 232 Operations Management 3
PPOL 231 Integrative Core II: Application/Integration of Policy Analysis Frameworks 3
MGMT/PPOL 292 Business, Policy, and Society 3-4
Two electives  
 Total Hours15-16

(minimum of 12 semester course credits)

Students choose at least four electives, two from each program area, for a total of at least 12 elective course credits. Students work with their advisors to choose electives that enhance the students’ depth of knowledge in a particular methodological or substantive area. Students interested in taking electives outside of the Business Administration or Public Policy departments (including courses taken through cross-registration) should consult with their advisors and receive prior approval from both program directors.

Students should be aware that some electives have prerequisites and can only be taken after those are fulfilled. Advisers can provide guidance as to the most appropriate timing for particular electives.

Flexible Options for Students with Prior Course Work

We will review past course work to determine whether a joint MPP/MBA candidate has met certain program foundation requirements, reducing the number of courses required for the degree. Previous course work may be accepted from other institutions prior to enrollment with permission of the Program Directors if they were taken within five (5) years prior to the date of entrance into the program with a grade of B or better.