Public Policy and Administration

Business Administration (M.B.A.)/Public Policy and Administration (M.P.P.A.)

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The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and Master of Public Policy and Administration (M.P.P.A.) dual-degree program at Illinois Institute of Technology’s Stuart School of Business is ideal for people who are currently in—or who aspire to—careers and professions that bridge the private and civic sectors.

Together, the Illinois Tech M.B.A. and M.P.P.A. degrees prepare students to be effective managers, decision-makers, and leaders, with a deep understanding of how to navigate both business and government to get things done.

The M.B.A program’s rigorous, tech-focused curriculum is designed to develop your innovation mindset and the intellectual agility to take on complex business challenges. Courses feature case studies, projects, and hands-on use of technology to build your analytical, strategic, and managerial skills.

Through the M.P.P.A. program’s applied approach, you will gain administrative knowledge and skills in public and nonprofit management, analytics, policy analysis, strategic planning, and effective implementation strategies.

Enrolling in this dual-degree program reduces the total requirement for earning the two degrees by four courses (12 credits), compared to earning the M.B.A. and M.P.P.A. degrees separately.

Learn more about each program:

Program Overview

This dual-degree program prepares professionals for careers that bridge the civic and private sectors. Taught with an applied approach, the programs focus on technology and innovation in business and effective management, planning, and policy analysis and implementation in the public and nonprofit spheres.

Career Opportunities

The M.B.A./M.P.P.A. dual-degree program provides comprehensive preparation for careers and professions—especially in leadership positions—at the nexus between the private and civic spheres, or for professionals who want to move between business, governmental, and nonprofit positions during their careers.

  • Governmental department directors, bureau chiefs, and other staff engaged in analyzing and implementing public policies and regulations that impact businesses
  • Corporate consultants who work with governmental and nonprofit clients
  • University and nonprofit administrators who engage with businesses, such as for contracts and partnerships
  • Executives, managers, and staff at businesses that are subject to government regulations or have contracts with government agencies and nonprofit organizations

The Stuart School of Business Career Management Center (CMC) offers extensive professional development activities exclusively for Stuart students. The CMC, along with Stuart faculty and alumni, have developed strong connections that help students access networking opportunities and internships at a wide range of companies, governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area.

  • The M.B.A./M.P.P.A. dual-degree program requires completion of 57 credits (19 courses at three credits per course) with a grade-point average of 3.0 or above. Students must complete a minimum of 30 M.B.A. credits and 27 M.P.P.A. credits.
  • Core courses may be waived by the director of the relevant program and students may take advanced elective courses in their place.
Master of Business Administration

Completion of 10 courses (30 credits) is required. See descriptions for Business (BUS) and MBA Business (MBA) courses, except those with links in the following list.

Core Courses—Seven courses (21 credits)

  • BUS 510—Strategy and Innovation
  • MBA 501—Financial Statement Applications
  • MBA 504—Analytics for Decision Making
  • MBA 509—Financial Management
  • MBA 511—Marketing Strategy
  • MBA 513—Operations and Technology Management
  • BUS 590—Business Strategy Capstone

Elective Courses—Choose any three courses (nine credits)

  • MBA 522—The General Manager
  • MBA 523—Negotiations and Strategic Decision Making
  • MBA 532—Artificial Intelligence
  • MBA 534—Blockchain
  • MBA 536—Internet of Things
  • MBA 564—Global Business Strategy
  • MBA 576—New Technology Ventures
Master of Public Policy and Administration

Completion of nine courses (27 credits) is required. See PA course descriptions.

  • PA 501—Introduction to Public Administration
  • PA 502—Organizational Behavior
  • PA 522—Human Resource Management
  • PA 532—Public Financial Management
  • PA 568—Strategic Competitiveness in the Public Sector
  • PA 580—Policy Evaluation Analytics
  • MBA 505—Microeconomics and Game Theory (see note below)
  • PA 599—Practicum
  • PA elective (student chooses one course)

Note: PA 581—Policy Design Analytics is waived for M.B.A./M.P.P.A. dual-degree program participants.

  • Students must apply and be accepted to both programs: Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and Master of Public Policy and Administration (M.P.P.A.). See each program page for specific admission requirements.
  • Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited educational institution with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, have a strong record of academic achievement, and be highly recommended.
  • Applicants from countries whose native language is not English must submit test scores for TOEFL (100 minimum) or IELTS (7.5 minimum).
International Students: Maintaining Eligibility

International students (F-1, J-1) must maintain full-time enrollment (nine credit hours per semester in the fall and spring semesters) in order to remain in the United States. It is possible for an international student to discontinue the M.B.A. program and continue the M.P.P.A. as a full-time program. However, an international student who discontinues the M.P.P.A. program for any reason must leave the dual-degree program because the M.B.A. is a part-time program.


Students pursuing the M.B.A./M.P.P.A. dual degree are eligible for the Stuart M.P.P.A. Scholarship, which covers up to 35 percent ($5,084 per semester for nine credit hours in fall 2021) of the Stuart School of Business charges for the duration of enrollment in the dual degree program. This award is deferrable up to one year. Students seeking Stuart dual degrees are only eligible for one Stuart Scholarship.


Featured Faculty

M. Krishna Erramilli
Associate Dean Director, Master of Business Administration Director, M.S. in Marketing Analytics Professor of Marketing
Roland Calia
Associate Dean Director, Master of Public Policy and Administration Director, M.S. in Environmental Management and Sustainability Industry Associate Professor of Public Administration
Smriti Anand
Associate Professor of Management
Joanne Howard
Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Administration
Liad Wagman
Professor of Economics
Bruc Gockerman
Industry Assistant Professor of Public Administration
Elizabeth Durango Cohen
Associate Professor of Operations Management M. Zia Hassan Endowed Professor Assistant Director, M.S. in Marketing Analytics Director, Center for Advancing Corporate Performance
Professor of Operations and Technology Management

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