Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Calendar - 2019/2020
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Master of Business Administration / Master of International Public Policy

The MBA/MIPP double degree program provides graduate students the opportunity to acquire critical knowledge from both the business and international public policy domains. With this combined knowledge and dual perspective individuals will be prepared to tackle complex global issues and to pursue careers in such fields as global policy development and implementation, business-government relations and international trade and investment services. A multidisciplinary and integrated curriculum is combined with immersive learning experiences to achieve the combined program's objectives. Students will have the opportunity to specialize in the fields offered in both the MBA and the MIPP programs. 

Additional Information
 
Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the MBA/MIPP double degree must meet the general admission requirements of the university set out in the current Graduate Calendar. Applicants are expected to have an undergraduate degree at the honours level with a minimum of second class honours or B standing. Applicants must also have earned a grade of at least B- in the following:

  • a one term undergraduate course in microeconomic theory;
  • a one term undergraduate course in macroeconomic theory;
  • an introductory statistics course; and
  • at least one relevant political science course.
The Admission Committee will consider applications based on strong academic records lacking credit in at most two of the foregoing. It may make conditional offers of admission by specifying successful completion courses in the  missing requirements.

The Admissions Committee may waive the required course in statistics for applicants who present Graduate Management Aptitude Test score of at least 600.

 
Program Requirements

Each candidate for the MBA/MIPP double degree must earn 14 credits accumulated over 6 intramural semesters and a semester long internship.

The MIPP core courses in the first term provide students with knowledge in political science, public sector economics, and quantitative and research methods necessary for public policy analysis in the global context. This common core also helps to ensure that students have a similar graduate experience.

The two required courses in each field provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of that area of international public policy. The team-taught interdisciplinary seminars give students the opportunity to undertake in-depth projects in their chosen fields of international public policy and to develop professional skills, including effective writing, communication, presentation and professional network building. The MBA core courses provide first term students with exposure to strategy, marketing, organizational behaviour, accounting, finance, and decision sciences, providing them with the business literacy they need to tackle advanced courses and topics.

The following schedule for the double degree program assumes (1) completion in 24 months including (2) a one term internship.  

Year 1
 The Foundations in Global Public Policy Course
  • The FGPP course for MBA students will run from the start of July until mid-August in order to deliver necessary MIPP content that usually delivered in the fall. Successful completion of the course earns the MBA students 2 credits toward completion of the MIPP program. The FGPP will also replace the MBA requirements for Economics and Quantitative Analysis the Fall Term.
 Fall Year 1
  •  With the MBA cohort in mid-August, double degree students take the Accounting, Finance, Decision Sciences, Strategy, Organizational Behaviour, and Marketing requirements.
  • Join the policy brief / case study groups with MIPP graduate students in the fall term and participate in the meetings and events linked to this project, which runs throughout the academic year


 Winter Year 1
  • Choose first MIPP field and complete 3 IP courses and the interdisciplinary (professionalization) seminar (2 credits).
  • Continue participation in MIPP Policy brief/case study groups.

 Spring Year 1
  • Choose an MBA specialization and complete four MBA elective courses.
  • Complete and deliver the MIPP policy brief/ case project, which will also satisfy the conditions in the MBA program related to the BU610* course (the applied consulting course) 
Fall Year 2
  • Four month internship
Winter Year 2
  • Complete four MBA or MIPP electives
Spring Year 2
  • Complete second MIPP field and capstone interdisciplinary seminar

 TERM  Course Activity
 Credit
 Term 1 (6 weeks)
 IP699 - Foundations in Global Public Policy  2
 Term 2 (13 weeks)
BU601 - Strategic Management
BU602 - Marketing
BU603 - Financial Management_
BU604 - Organizational Behaviour
BU605 - Operations Management
BU607 - Accounting
 3 (total)
 Term 3 (13 weeks)
 Two courses from the MIPP field
One other IP or BU course
IP605 - Building Policy Skills: Interdisciplinary Seminar I
 2 (total)
 Term 4 (13 weeks)
 4 MBA electives
CIGI Policy Brief
 3 (total)
 Term 5 (13 weeks)
 Internship
 Term 6 (13 weeks)
 4 MBA/MIPP electives
 2 (total)
 Term 7 (13 weeks)
 Two courses from a MIPP field
One other IP or BU course
IP606 - Bringing it All Together: Interdisciplinary Seminar II
 2 (total)

The MIPP fields:
  • International Environmental Policy: IP611 - The Economics of Environmental and Resource Policy, IP612 - Earth Governance: The Politics and Law of Environmental Policy
  • International Economic Relations: IP621 - International Trade, IP622 - Power and Policy in the Global Economy
  • Human Security: IP631 - Economic Policy and Human Security, IP632 - The Politics of Human Security
  • Global Governance: IP641 - Economic Policy in an Interdependent World, IP642 - State and Non-State Actors in Global Governance