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Dual MBA/Master of Public Policy (MPP)


Nonprofit Management and Public Policy

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As a top ten school of social policy, our educational mission is to prepare passionate and committed individuals from around the world with advanced knowledge and skills for significant roles in social change. Whatever cause you are committed to – ending poverty, improving health policy, protecting the environment, spurring community development, resolving conflict or protecting the rights of women, children and minorities – Heller’s unique interdisciplinary approach will prepare you for a fulfilling career finding solutions to society’s most pressing social problems.

The Heller dual MBA/MPP is designed for students interested in careers that require both expertise in policy making and the tools needed to successfully manage an organization. Students will be prepared to work in positions of influence at the intersection of business, government and nonprofit organizations, facing challenges in the areas of health and behavioral health, children, youth and families and poverty alleviation. Graduates of this dual degree program will be well positioned to pursue careers in public service, nonprofits, and the private sector.


The MBA/MPP dual degree is an intensive program that requires 102 credit hours taken over six semesters, including one summer. Students in the program are required to complete both the MBA Team Consulting Project (TCP) and the MPP Capstone Paper. Students may begin with either the MBA or the MPP. Below is a sample of the recommended course sequence beginning with the MBA.

Second Year

  • Summer Two
  • MPP Summer Internship

    No credit/optional

Third Year