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M.A.-M.B.A. Joint-degree Program

The Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy, McAnulty Graduate School of Liberal Arts, and the John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business offer a unique joint-degree program that leads to both the M.A. in Social and Public Policy and the Master of Business Administration.

Success in today's highly competitive environment requires an in-depth understanding of the interface between the world of business and the logic of government and the non-profit sectors. This 59-credit program provides students with an opportunity to earn advanced degrees in these two highly complementary fields—business and social and public policy.

Admission and Procedures

Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. They must apply to both the Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy and the John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business and be accepted into both programs and start both programs at the same time. Applicants must meet the admission criteria for both programs.  You will graduate from both programs at the same time.

Advisers are available in each school to provide students with guidance and advice on the program in their respective school.

The per-credit cost of tuition for each program applies to courses in that program.

Program of Study

M.A., Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy, Core Requirements (24 credits)

  • PLCR 501, Organization Theory: Structure & Practice (3 credits)
  • PLCR 502, Research Methods (3 credits)
  • PLCR 503, Quantitative Analysis (3 credits)
  • PLCR 505, Values, Ethics and Policy (3 credits)
  • PLCR 506, Social and Public Policy Analysis (3 credits)
  • PLCR 699, Enhanced Research Paper, or 700, Thesis (3 credits)
  • Electives (6 credits)

M.B.A. Core Requirements (35 credits)

Core IA (8 credits):

  • GRBU 505, Communications, Written (1 credit)
  • GRBU 507, Communications, Oral (1 credit)
  • GRBU 512, External Financial Reporting (3 credits)
  • GRBU 516, Strategic Uses of Accounting Information (3 credits)

Core IB (27 credits):

  • GRBU 510, Understanding the Value Chain (2 credits)
  • GRBU 513, Economics for Decision Making (3 credits)
  • GRBU 514, Assessing Financial Health (3 credits)
  • GRBU 515, Information Systems for Managers (2 credits)
  • GRBU 519, Marketing Management./Product Development (2 credits)
  • GRBU 520, Managing a Diverse Workforce (2 credits)
  • GRBU 523, Managing Operations (3 credits)
  • GRBU 530, The Global Economy (2 credits)
  • GRBU 537, Public Affairs Management (2 credits)
  • GRBU 538, Strategy Formulation (3 credits)
  • GRBU 630, Leading Change (3 credits)

Note: The 35-credit M.B.A requirements assume that the students meet the 20-credit Pre-M.B.A knowledge and skill requirements described in the M.B.A catalogue.