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. Table 1 (below) shows the distribution of the credits over the two programs.

IP699 - Foundations in Global Public Policy provides students with knowledge in political science, public sector economics, and quantitative and research methods necessary for public policy analysis in the global context.

The two required courses in each field provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of that area of international public policy. The 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 26 months including (2) a one-term internship. 

Term 1  - IP699 - Foundations in Global Public Policy for MBA/MIPP students will run from the start of July until mid-August in order to deliver necessary MIPP content that is usually delivered in the fall. Successful completion of the course earns the MBA/MIPP students 2 credits toward completion of the MIPP program.

Term 2 - With the MBA cohort in mid-August, double-degree students take the Accounting, Finance, Operations Management, Strategy, Organizational Behaviour, Economics, Business Analytics, and Marketing requirements (4 credits).

Term 3 - Choose first MIPP field and complete 3 IP courses and the interdisciplinary (professionalization) seminar (2 credits). 

Term 4 - Choose four MBA elective courses.

Term 5 - Four month paid workplace experience.

Term 6 - Complete four MBA or MIPP electives.

Term 7 - Complete second MIPP field and capstone interdisciplinary seminar. 

The MIPP Fields:
International Environmental Policy: IP611, IP612 - Earth Governance: The Politics and Law of Environmental Policy
International Economic Relations: IP621, IP622 - Power and Policy in the Global Economy
Human Security: IP631, IP632 - The Politics of Human Security
Global Governance : IP641, IP642 - The Social Politics of Migration