The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Public Policy & Business Administration

In the MPPA/MBA program, students 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 in management or analyst positions in the nonprofit and private sectors in the United States and abroad.

Students may begin their studies in either program. It is best to complete a full year in one program before beginning the second program. Students fulfill the core requirements of the other program during the second year, then fulfill the remaining requirements of both programs in the third year.

Sample Program Timetable

  Fall Spring Summer
Year 1 MBA curriculum MBA curriculum MBA summer internship
Year 2 MPPA curriculum MPPA/MBA curriculum MPPA summer internship (10 weeks full time)
Year 3 MPPA curriculum Additional electives (optional)  

To Apply

While applicants must meet both the Isenberg School of Management's and the School of Public Policy's admission standards, students only need to submit one application to the university's 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. 

Deadline: February 1

For More Information

Michael Marr
Associate Director of Recruitment
School of Public Policy

Lara Curtis
On-Campus MBA Program Director
Isenberg School of Management