Master of Public Policy/Master of Business Administration

The growing financial constraints on the public sector call for more leaders with vision to make the public sector more responsive to the citizenry and flexible in their approaches to delivery of services. At the same time, both the private and non-profit sectors are increasingly called upon to provide services that were formerly furnished by the public sector. Individuals who possess the finance, marketing, and organizational skills of a business program coupled with the analytic tools and political acumen provided by a public policy program will be highly sought after in today's job market.

Students interested in applying to the MPP/MBA Program should complete and submit both the MPP and the MBA applications to the respective schools simultaneously. More information about the MBA program is available on the McDonough School of Business website.

The dual degree consists of 39-credit hours of public policy coursework and 45.5-credit hours of business coursework (84.5 total credit hours) over three years, rather than the four years normally required when completing the degrees separately. Although there is some flexibility in order to accommodate students’ specific professional and academic goals, students attending the McCourt School in year one typically pursue the following course of study:

Year One:  Fall Semester

12 credits

  • PPOL 506, Intermediate Microeconomics 
  • PPOL 501, Statistical Methods for Policy Analysis
  • PPOL 510/511, Public Policy Process/Comparative Policy Process
  • PPOL elective
Year One:  Spring Semester

12 credits

  • PPOL 502, Regression Methods for Policy Analysis
  • PPOL 507, Microeconomics II
  • PPOL 514/515, Public Management/Comparative Public Management
  • PPOL elective
Year Two:  Fall Semester

17 credits

  • PPOL 503, Advanced Regression and Program Evaluation Methods
  • 14 MBA credits

Year Two:  Spring Semester

15.5 MBA credits

Year Three:  Fall Semester

14 credits

  • PPOL 526/PPOL 528, Policy Analysis Capstone I/Thesis Workshop I
  • PPOL 518/519, Ethics, Values and Public Policy/Ethics in a Globalized World
  • PPOL elective
  • 5 MBA credits

Year Three:  Spring Semester

14 credits

  • PPOL 527/PPOL 529, Policy Analysis Capstone II/Thesis Workshop II
  • 11 MBA credits