Coordinator: Christy D. Smith, Ph.D.
The M.B.A./M.P.A. dual degree program is designed for those whose interests or career objectives are focused on both the public and private sectors of the economy. The program broadly stresses the use of management skills and analytic techniques applied to business, industrial, governmental, and not-for-profit organizations.
The M.B.A./M.P.A. program consists of 75 credits. Up to 15 credits may be waived on the basis of undergraduate course work, leaving a minimum requirement of 60 credits. Waivers must be approved in writing by the appropriate department and are conditional upon subsequent academic performance.
Graduate credit may be transferred from other accredited institutions subject to the Graduate School policy on transfer credit detailed elsewhere in this catalog. In all cases, the residency requirement for the two degrees shall be 60 credits completed at the University of New Haven. Within these 60 credits, a minimum of 21 must be earned in business courses and a minimum of 21 in public administration courses.
Students choose one of two alternatives for completion of the final six credits of course work in the M.B.A./M.P.A. dual degree curriculum. Most students take the two capstone/research project courses PADM 6690 - Research Seminar and MGMT 6669 - Strategic Management . Alternatively, students may elect to take the two-course, six-credit thesis option (Thesis I and II). If the thesis option is selected, the thesis must show ability to organize material in a clear and original manner and to present well-reasoned conclusions. Thesis preparation and submission must comply with the Graduate School policy on theses as well as specific department requirements.