The graduate business programs at the Lorry I. Lokey School of Business and Public Policy educate ethical and socially responsible organizational leaders who have the strategic perspective, analytic abilities, business knowledge, and leadership and management skills to deliver strong financial performance while mindfully making a positive impact on society and the environment. Being part of a School of Business and Public Policy gives students a unique opportunity to explore issues from multiple perspectives.
The business programs emphasize the four pillars of social responsibility and shared value: ethical decision-making and governance, social and community accountability, diversity and inclusion, and environmental sustainability. These values are integrated throughout our curriculum, our co-curricular activities and our partnerships with organizations that share similar values. Throughout the curriculum, our faculty emphasizes real-world applications and learning from both theory and practice.
Our School was founded to prepare women for business leadership, and today we have a vibrant community that welcomes all genders. Our business programs are distinguished among graduate business schools by the rich diversity of identities, experiences, and perspectives of our students. Mills is an important source of talent for employers seeking to strengthen diversity within their managerial and leadership levels.
To accommodate working professionals, all required business courses are offered in late afternoon or evening time slots at least once during each academic year.
We offer a range of degree options:
Full-Time or Part-Time MBA
Complete an MBA degree in two years of full-time study or two to four years part time.
Students who have completed substantial business course work at other institutions can complete the MBA in one year of full-time study.
Bachelor's-to-Master's Accelerated MBA Program
Mills students can earn an MBA with one year of additional study beyond the bachelor’s degree by taking Foundation courses as part of their undergraduate degree.
Master of Management
This one-year degree enables students to tailor their coursework to their specific goals, without the breadth of the MBA.
MBA/MA in Educational Leadership
Students earn a single master's degree that provides knowledge and skills needed to lead, manage, or consult in educational organizations.
The Lorry I. Lokey School of Business and Public Policy offers a joint MBA/MPP designed to prepare students to lead and manage organizations in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.
Additional Options for Combining Education and Business
In addition to the MBA/MA in Educational Leadership degree described above, we offer other ways to combine educational leadership and management in your graduate degree. The range of options available provides you with the flexibility to tailor your graduate program to your interests and professional goals.
- MBA with a Concentration in Education (17 courses). Complete the full MBA Program and, in consultation with your advisor, choose three education courses as electives toward the MBA.
- Masters of Management with a Concentration in Education (10 courses). Complete the Master of Management Program and, in consultation with your advisor, choose three education courses as electives toward the MM.
- MA in Educational Leadership with a Concentration in Management (10 courses plus portfolio). Complete the MA in Educational Leadership and, in consultation with your advisor, choose three management courses as electives toward the MA.
- MA in Educational Leadership and Masters of Management (17 courses plus portfolio). Earn two degrees, counting up to three courses toward both degrees.
- MA in Educational Leadership and MBA (24 courses plus portfolio). Earn two degrees, counting up to three courses toward both degrees.