Dual Degree: Master of Public Policy and Master of Business Administration

The MPPA/MBA dual degree program is designed to allow qualified students to pursue an integrated and comprehensive course of study in policy, public management and business administration. Graduates will be ready for careers at any level of government and management or analyst positions in the nonprofit and private sectors in the United States and abroad.

Students enrolled in dual degree programs may begin their studies in either program. It is best to complete a full year in one program before beginning the second program. During the second year students will fulfill the core requirements of the other program. Students will fulfill the remaining requirements of both programs in the third year of study.

Sample Program Timetable

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 MBA Curriculum MBA Curriculum
Summer MBA Summer Internship
Year 2 MPPA Curriculum MPPA/MBA Curriculum
Summer MPPA Summer Internship (10 weeks full time)
Year 3 MPPA Curriculum Additional Electives (optional)

To Apply

While applicants must meet each program's own admission standards, students only need to submit one application to the Graduate Admissions Office. Students already enrolled in one of the programs can apply to the other program during their first year to matriculate as a dual-degree MPPA/MBA candidate. Click here for more information about CPPA's admissions requirements.

February 1: Applications must be received by the Graduate Admissions Office to receive priority consideration for graduate assistantship funding from CPPA.


For more information about the MPPA/MBA dual degree program, contact Satu Zoller, CPPA associate director.

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