Degree Requirements


To receive a joint MPP/MBA degree, students must complete a total of 23 courses for a minimum of 69 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 19 required courses and 4 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 (3)

PPOL 241 Law and Public Policy (3)

MGMT 263 Quantitative Methods for Business (3)

MGMT 209 Economics for Managers (3)

PPOL 200 Methods of Policy Analysis (3)

MGMT 226 Management Information Systems (3)

MGMT 214 Financial Accounting (3)

One elective (see below)

Second Year

PPOL 220 Organizational Efficacy (3)

MGMT 216 Corporate Finance (3)

MGMT 230 Marketing Management (3)

PPOL 221 Political Efficacy (3)

MGMT 215 Managerial Accounting (3)

MGMT 279 Applied Economic Analysis (3)

MGMT 244 Leadership and Ethics (3) or
PPOL 217 Ethical Reasoning in Politics and Public Policy (3)

One elective (see below)

Third Year

PPOL 230 Integrative Core I: Advanced Methods and Cases (3)

PPOL 227 Local and Community Policy Making, Planning and Management (3)

MGMT 232 Operations Management (3)

PPOL 231 Integrative Core II: Master's Policy Report (3)

MGMT/PPOL 292 Business, Policy, and Society (3)

Two electives (see below)

Electives (minimum of 12 semester course credits)

Students choose at least four electives, two from each program area, for a total of at least 12 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 Funding Social Impact (3)

MGMT 272 Socially Responsible Business (3)

MGMT 274 Innovation in Business, Social and Governmental Organizations (3)

MGMT 275 Social Entrepreneurship (3)

MGMT 282 Modeling and Data Analysis (4)

MGMT 288 Management Practicum (1-4)

PPOL 214 Social Policy Analysis (3)

PPOL 215/MGMT 237 Public Sector Economics (4)

PPOL 225 Simulation in Social and Policy Science (3)

PPOL 235 Environmental Policy Analysis (3)

PPOL 280 Special Topics in Public Policy (3)

Joint MPP/MBA Accelerated Degree Program

The MPP/MBA Accelerated Degree Program enables Mills students to complete the 3-year MPP/MBA program with two years of graduate study by taking some courses as part of their undergraduate degree.

Program of Study

The MPP/MBA program is 23 courses (69 credits). Students can count undergraduate courses as satisfying 8-11 of the courses required for the MPP/MBA, leaving 12-15 courses (36-45 credits) to be taken as part of the graduate degree. The joint MPP/MBA degree requires at least 12 courses (36 credits) be taken during the graduate part of the Accelerated Degree Program.

MPP/MBA course requirements that can be met as part of the undergraduate degree are:

MPP/MBA Required Course Undergraduate Equivalent
MGMT 209 Economics for Managers ECON 100 Microeconomic Theory and
ECON 101 Macroeconomic Theory
MGMT 214 Financial Accounting MGMT 073 Financial Accounting
MGMT 215 Managerial Accounting MGMT 215 Managerial Accounting
MGMT 216 Corporate Finance ECON 116 Corporate Finance
MGMT 230 Marketing Management MGMT 130 Marketing Management
MGMT 263 Quantitative Methods ECON 081 Introduction to Statistics and
ECON 164 Econometrics and Business Forecasting
MGMT 279 Applied Economic Analysis ECON 101 Macroeconomic Theory and
ECON 136 Managerial Economics
PPOL 200 Methods of Policy Analysis PPOL 100 Methods of Policy Analysis
PPOL 210 Policy and Economic Analysis PPOL 015 Introduction to Policy: Identifying and Solving Public Problems 
PPOL 241 Law and Public Policy PPOL 141 Law and Public Policy or
SOSC 093 Law and Society
Ethics requirement  GOVT 139 Ethical Reasoning in Politics and Public Policy, or
PHIL 062 Ethics

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.

For the Accelerated Degree Program

Students who have completed eight MPP/MBA courses as part of their undergraduate degree would earn the MPP/MBA in 4 semesters of full-time study (15 courses; 45 credits). Students who have completed all eleven courses at the undergraduate level would need twelve additional courses (39 credits) of graduate study, which can be completed in two semesters of full-time study and two semesters of part-time study. (Students who have completed all eleven courses and who start the graduate program in the spring semester may be able to complete the degree with three semesters of full-time study.)

Students who have completed fewer than eight of the MPP/MBA requirements as part of their undergraduate degree could pursue the MPP/MBA by taking more courses as part of the graduate program and extending the length of their graduate study.

Graduate Courses

All MPP/MBA students complete the following courses as graduate students:

MGMT 226 Management Information Systems (3)

MGMT 232 Operations Management (3)

PPOL 220 Organizational Efficacy (3)

PPOL 221 Political Efficacy (3)

PPOL 227 Local Policy and Planning (3)

PPOL 230 Integrative Core I (3)

PPOL 231 Integrative Core II (3)

MGMT/PPOL 292 Business, Policy, and Society (3)

Electives (12 credits)

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Last Updated: 6/9/17