Degree Requirements


To receive a joint MPP/MBA degree, students must complete a total of 23 courses for a minimum of 79 semester course credits. Several core and elective courses for each of the degrees meet requirements for both degrees, substantially reducing the total number of credits required. The curriculum interweaves core courses from both programs at each level. Degree requirements include 18 required courses and 5 electives. 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 for required courses:

First Year

PPOL 210 Public Policy and Economic Analysis (4)

PPOL 241 Law and Public Policy (4)

MGMT 263 Quantitative Methods for Business (3)

MGMT 209 Economics for Managers (3)

PPOL 200 Methods of Policy Analysis (4)

MGMT 226 Management Information Systems (3)

MGMT 214 Financial Accounting (3)

One elective (see below)

Second Year

PPOL 220 Organizational Efficacy (4)

MGMT 216 Corporate Finance (3)

MGMT 230 Marketing Management (3)

PPOL 221 Political Efficacy (4)

MGMT 215 Managerial Accounting (3)

MGMT 279 Applied Economic Analysis (3)

Two electives (see below)

Third Year

PPOL 230 Integrative Core I: Advanced Methods and Cases (4)

PPOL 227 Local and Community Policy Making, Planning and Management (4)

MGMT 232 Operations Management (3)

PPOL 231 Integrative Core II: Master's Policy Report (4)

MGMT/PPOL 292 Business, Policy, and Society (4)

Two electives (see below)

Electives (minimum of 16 semester course credits)

Students choose at least five electives, with at least two from each program area, for a total of at least 16 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. The following are appropriate elective options, but an adviser may occasionally approve another course (including one taken through cross-registration) in special circumstances.

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.

MGMT 202 Administrative Behavior (3)

MGMT 220 Games and Behavior (4)

MGMT 223 Digital Marketing (3)

MGMT 227 Negotiations (3)

MGMT 228 Government and Non-Profit Accounting (3)

MGMT 231 Marketing Strategy (3)

MGMT 238 Environmental Sustainability and Business (3)

MGMT 253 Environmental Economics (3)

MGMT 260 Capital Markets, Real Estate, and Consulting (3)

MGMT 264 Econometrics and Business Forecasting (4)

MGMT 270 Nonprofit Management (3)

MGMT 271 Strategic Philanthropy and Social Enterprise (3)

MGMT 272 Socially Responsible Business (3)

MGMT 274 Innovation in Business (3)

MGMT 275 Entrepreneurship (3)

MGMT 282 Modeling and Data Analysis (4)

MGMT 288 Management Practicum (1-4)

PPOL 214 Social Policy Analysis (4)

PPOL 215/MGMT 237 Public Sector Economics (4)

PPOL 217 Ethical Reasoning in Politics and Public Policy (4)

PPOL 225 Simulation in Social and Policy Science (3)

PPOL 235 Environmental Policy Analysis (4)

PPOL 280 Special Topics in Public Policy (4)

Flexible Options for Meeting First-Year Requirements

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

Financial Accounting

Economics for Managers (Intermediate-level Macroeconomics and Intermediate-level Microeconomics)

Public Policy and Economic Analysis

The residency requirement for full-time students is a minimum of five (5) semesters.


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Last Updated: 3/1/16