Master in Public Policy (MPP)/Master of Business Administration (MBA) Dual Degree Program

The JU Public Policy Institute (JU PPI), in cooperation with the Davis College of Business, offers a Joint MPP-MBA dual degree program. In this program, students receive both an MPP degree and MBA degree in a year less than if the degrees were pursued separately.

The JU MPP-MBA dual degree program is a three year program with year one in either the JU MPP program or JU MBA program. In year one, students will take first year MPP courses or first year MBA courses. In year two, courses will be taken in the other program.  Year three will have mixed policy and business courses. If pursued separately, the two degrees would take four years to complete.

The dual degree program coursework consists of 67 total credit hours. The MPP program consists of 39 credit hours, including an internship (two credit JU MPP internship requirement can be met through an MPP internship, qualifying clerkship, or qualifying work or professional experience; it must be completed prior to the third year) and a Capstone Project. The MPP program will recognize nine transfer credit from the MBA program, for a total of 48 MPP credits.

The MBA program consists of 28 credit hours.  There is no internship or thesis requirement in the MBA program. The MBA program will recognize seven transfer credits from the MPP program, for a total of 35 MBA credits.


Students undertaking the JU MPP program in year one will have the following course of study: 

First Year: 24 MPP credits

Code​ Course Credit​
PPOL 501​ Microeconomics for Public Policy​ 3​
​PPOL 502 Public Finance​ 3​
​PPOL 511 Public Institutions, Process and Public Policy​ 3​
​PPOL 512 Ethics and Public Policy​ 3​
(transferable for MBA credit and in lieu of MGT 566:​
Legal and Ethical Environment of Business)​
​PPOL 513 Law and Public Policy​ 3​
​PPOL 521 Statistics and Research Methods in Public Policy​ 3​
​PPOL 530/DSIM 530  Analytical Methods for Decision Making​ 2​
(transferable for MBA credit)​
​   or PPOL 531 Quantitative Methods and Analysis
(transferable for MBA credit)​
​PPOL 550/MGT 550 Leading Organizations​ 2​
PPOL 590​ JU PPI Internship​ 2​


Second Year: 19 MBA credits and 3 MPP credits  

Fall Semester:

Code​ Course Credit​
ACCT 500​ Foundations of Accounting (foundation course;​ (2)​
may be waived)​
​FIN 500 Foundations of Finance (foundation course; ​ (2)​
may be waived)​
​ACCT 522 Accounting for Managerial Control 3​
​DSIM 518 Competing through Innovation and Technology​ 3​
​MGT 600 Leadership Development Portfolio 1​
​PPOL LAWB Law School Policy or Business course​ 3​


Spring Semester:

Code​ Course Credit​
ECON 520 Economics of High Performance​ 3​
​FIN 534 Optimizing Financial Performance 3​
​INB 555 Competing in the Global Economy​ 3​
​MKG 540 Strategic Marketing in a Digital Economy 3​
​PPOL LAWB Law School Policy (taken at FCSL) or Business course​ (3)​
(schedule course if not taken in Fall semester)​


NOTE: ACCT 500 and ECON 500 do not count in the 19 MBA credits

Third Year: 12 MPP credits and 9 MBA credits

Fall Semester

Code​ Course Credit​
PPOL 541 Public Policy Analysis 3​
​PPOL 695 Capstone Project: Client Policy Project I 3​
  or PPOL 697​ Capstone Project: Research Policy Thesis I​
​PPOL/MGT xxx Choose one (1) management course from the  3​
following cross listed courses: PPOL 610/MGT 610,​
PPOL 611/MGT 620 or PPOL 612/MGT 630​
​Elective xxx MBA Elective course (transferable for MPP credit) 3​
​  or PPOL LAWB Law School Policy (taken at FCSL) or Business course​
(schedule course if not taken in Year 2)​


Spring Semester

Code​ Course Credit​
DSIM 570​ Operations Management ​ 2​
MGT 553​ Global Corporate Strategy I​ 2​
MGT 554 ​ global Corporate Strategy Ii​ 2​
​PPOL 696 Capstone Project: Client Policy Project II 3​
  or PPOL 698​ Capstone Project: Research Policy Thesis I​I
​Elective xxx MBA Elective course (transferable for MPP credit) (3)​
​  or PPOL LAWB Law School Policy (taken at FCSL) or Business course​
(schedule course if not taken in Year 2)​



  • JU MPP Program: 39 MPP credits and 9 MPP transfer credits from MBA curriculum.
    Total of 48 MPP credits.
  • JU MBA Program: 28 MBA credits and 7 MBA transfer credits from MPP curriculum.
    Total of 35 MBA credits.