Business Administration and Public Policy (MBA/MPP)

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy offer a joint degree program, leading to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Public Policy (MPP) degrees.

Course of Study

The program is arranged so that all requirements for both degrees are completed in three years of enrollment. Students may begin this dual degree program at either school. The typical sequence of study is to spend the first year in either the Ford School or the Ross School of Business and the second year in the other program. In the third year, students may take courses at both schools. Both degrees are awarded simultaneously.

Degree Requirements

Students must satisfy the degree requirements of each school and should consult with their advisor about graduation requirements for each degree.

  Number of Credits* Credits must include
Minimum credit hours required for MPP program 39 Core Coursework + 13 PubPol credit hours
Minimum credit hours required for MBA program 45 Required Curriculum
Total credit hours required for dual degree: 84  

*Credit hours listed reflect reduction of minimum hours from each program.

MPP non-credit requirement:
Students must complete a 10 week summer internship in a policy-related position.

Please note:

  • No credit is awarded for core courses successfully waived by passing waiver exams; credit must be earned with PubPol electives.
  • Dual degree students will be required to complete at least one PubPol 638: Integrated Policy Exercise (IPE) in their first or second year. All MPP students, including dual degrees, have the option of completing a second IPE or enrolling in PubPol 778: Project Skills Workshop to complete the requirement. Learn more about the Integrated Policy exercise and this requirement.

Please contact the Stephen M. Ross School of Business for additional information about program requirements beyond the core curriculum.

Please see the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies for additional dual/joint degree information requirements.

Admission Requirements

Students must file separate applications to and be admitted by both schools. An application fee must accompany each application. Students must indicate specific dual degree program on both applications. Students must take the GMAT for admission to the Ross School. The Ford School will accept the GMAT for applicants to joint degree program.

When courses from both schools are taken in one term, tuition will be assessed at either the Business School or the Rackham rate, whichever is higher. The combined degree program is not open to students who have earned either the MPP or MBA degree. However, students registered in the first year of either program may apply.


For more information or an application, please contact:

The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Office of Student and Academic Services
2236 Weill Hall
Phone: (734) 764-0453
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The Stephen M. Ross School of Business
Office of Admissions:
701 Tappan Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234
Phone: (734) 763-5796