Overview of the MPP/MBA.
The University of Virginia Darden School of Business and Batten School offer a dual degree program that leads to the completion of the MBA and MPP degrees in three years, instead of the four that would be required if each were taken separately.
The MPP-MBA program is particularly demanding, and unless the students is clearly able to see the applicability of both degrees to future career plans, he or she should not assume that the chance to squeeze one year from a normal four-year sequence is in itself a persuasive rationale for this undertaking.
Administration of the Program
The program is administered by a Program Committee composed of one member of the public policy faculty and one member of the business administration faculty, as designated by the respective deans. The responsibilities of the Program Committee extend to admission to the dual program, coordination of curricula for the students involved, resolution of problems that may arise, reconciliation of course and examination conflicts, and promotion of dual offerings by the two schools where that seems feasible. The Deans from each school will also appoint a faculty advisor to the program who may or may not also serve as the school representative to the Program Committee.
Students who have been admitted independently to both schools and who wish to undertake the dual program should notify the registrar of both schools and apply to the Program Committee for permission to do so. Entrance to the MPP-MBA program will not be guaranteed by virtue of acceptance at both schools, but will be judged according to criteria, which is the responsibility of the Program Committee.
The program takes three years to complete. In brief, it consists of the complete first year program of each school followed by one year of courses taken from the curricula of the two schools and, in appropriate cases, from other graduate offerings at the University. A student who has been admitted to the program will ordinarily be allowed to elect whether to start in the Batten School or in the Darden School. The student will then spend the second year in the program as a regular first year student in the other school.
At the conclusion of the third year, students who have earned a minimum of 52.5 credits in the Darden School and a minimum of 39 credits in the Batten School will be awarded both the MPP and MBA degrees. The MPP-MBA candidate is obligated to take, as part of these credits, all of the required curriculum in both graduate public policy and business administration. The remaining credits will be elective credits and can be chosen from the respective public policy and business administration curricula after consultation with the program committee. Under no circumstances will a dual degree student be permitted to complete the program in fewer than three years (six semesters) of coursework.
A student who wishes to be admitted into the dual degree program must apply to each school separately and be admitted to both the Darden School and the Batten School through the normal admissions processes of each school. The fact that the student is a candidate for the dual program is not considered at this stage.
Students who have been admitted to both schools and who wish to undertake the dual program should notify the registrar of each school and apply to the faculty advisors for permission to do so. Admission requires approval of both the Darden and Batten faculty advisors.
Application to one school may be made either prior to entrance to or while a first year student in at the other. No students will be admitted to the dual program after completing the first year at either Darden or Batten.
Financial aid will be provided by the school to which the student is paying tuition during each semester. Financial aid is not guaranteed and is subject to individual school and University availability and regulations.
Change of Status
At any point in the program, the student may terminate plans for a dual degree and continue toward a single degree at either school. The student must then satisfy the normal requirements of the school elected, which may include credit for some of the work done in the other school, as determined by the appropriate officials of the school in question.
In the first two years of the combined MBA-MPP program, while enrolled exclusively in either the Darden or the Batten School, students are required to meet the grading standards of the school in which they are enrolled. In the final year, when taking classes in both schools, students are required to meet the session and cumulative grading standards of each school independently to remain in good standing.
The faculty advisors for this program have not yet been selected.