MBA & Master in Public Policy

Positive Change Through Social Impact

The combination of a Master in Public Policy from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and a Masters in Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management is designed for students interested in careers that require expertise in policymaking and management, and graduates will find career opportunities in public service, nonprofit, and the private sector

Both located on the Minneapolis campus, the MPP-MBA offers students to complete both degrees in three years. To complete in this time frame students will carry a very demanding course load. After acceptance into the dual degree program, students meet with both their MPP and MBA advisors to be sure that their study plan satisfies both degree requirements. 


More Information About MPP-MBA

Candidates must apply for both programs and be admitted separately in order to pursue the dual degree.  

MBA Application Dates - Fall Start

RoundSubmission DeadlinesDecision Notification
Round 1October 1November 15
Round 2December 1February 1
Round 3February 1March 15
Round 4 April 1May 15

Deadlines that occur on a weekend or holiday are extended through the next business day. We will review applications beyond our final round deadline on a case by case basis.

GRE/GMAT: Students who are applying concurrently for a Full-time MBA/dual degree program in which the respective partner program does not require a standardized test this year can apply for a GMAT/GRE waiver. Applying for the waiver does not guarantee it will be granted and the Admissions Committee may still require the applicant to complete MBA Math, submit additional materials or take the GMAT/GRE. Receiving a waiver does not guarantee admission.

MBA Admissions Requirements MPP Admissions Requirements

Both the MBA and MPP offer career services that help you achieve your career goal. Careers of MPP-MBA graduates are as wide-ranging as the industries represented here in the Twin Cities. This includes financial services, healthcare, energy, food agriculture, consulting, public services and non-profit space.

Learn More About MBA Career Services

MPP-MBA students pay the tuition and fees at the school through which they are registered each semester. Scholarships are awarded separately by each program and are applied when a student is enrolled in that designated program.

All applicants admitted to Carlson are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. 

MBA Tuition & Financial Aid MPP Tuition & Financial Aid

Program Structure


Fall Semester

  • Management of Orgs
  • Economics for PA & Planning
  • Empirical Analysis I

Select 3 Credits from the following:

  • Intro to Policy Analysis
  • Intro to Fin Analysis & Mgt
  • Politics of Public Affairs

Spring Semester

  • Economics for PA * Planning II

Select two of the following:

  • Regression Analysis
  • Regression Analysis Accelerated
  • Multivariate Techniques
  • Qualitative Methods for Policy Analysts 

Select 3 credits not taken in the Fall:

  • Intro to Policy Analysis
  • Intro to Fin Analysis & Mgt
  • Politics of Public Affairs


  • MPP Internship



Fall Semester

  • Financial Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain & Operations
  • Finance
  • Strategic Management

Spring Semester

  • Leading Others
  • Competing in a Data-Driven World
  • Business Ethics *
  • Enterprise
  • MBA Electives


  • MBA Internship

*class can be taken in year 2 or year 3


Fall Semester (MPP)

  • MPP concentration or electives
  • MBA Enterprise

Spring Semester (MBA)

  • Business Ethics *
  • Leadership Development 
  • Global Experience 
  • Electives
  • MPP Concentration or electives
  • MPP Paper or Capstone

*class can be taken in year 2 or year 3


Credit Distribution

To complete in this time frame students will carry a very demanding course load, but with a credit reduction benefit of a dual degree program.  At the end of three years, students will have completed 85 credits.

MBA = 52
MPP= 33
Transfers= 12 per program

Full-Time & Part-Time MBA Programs

Phone: 612-625-5555

MPP Program

Phone: 612-624-3800