MBA/MA Political Science

Interested in both business and political science/international affairs? Marquette University’s Graduate School of Management, in conjunction with the Graduate School, offers a program of joint study leading to an MBA degree and an MA degree in either political science or international affairs. Students seeking admission to the joint program must apply separately to both the Graduate School of Management and the Graduate School and must meet the admission requirements for each.

Efficiencies are built into the program to maximize the student’s time and energy while providing thorough coverage in each area. The Graduate School of Management will accept a maximum of 9 approved political science or international affairs credits toward MBA requirements. The Graduate School will accept a maximum of 9 MBA credits toward the MA. Students work with both programs to meet degree requirements. A maximum of 18 credits is double counted between the two degrees which saves the student about a year of coursework and tuition.

Students will be assigned an advisor in each program, and it is recommended that the student meet with each advisor prior to registration each semester.

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The MBA/Master of Arts in Political Science program is a combined program between the Graduate School of Management and the Graduate School. Efficiencies are built into the program to maximize the student’s time and energy while providing thorough coverage in each area. The Graduate School of Management will accept a maximum of 9 approved political science or international affairs credits toward MBA elective requirements. The Graduate School will accept a maximum of 9 MBA credits toward the MA degree. Students work with both programs to meet degree requirements. A maximum of 18 credits is double counted between the two degrees which saves the student about a year of coursework and tuition.

Students seeking admission to the joint program must apply separately to both the Graduate School of Management and the Graduate School. Students will be assigned an advisor in each program, and it is recommended that the student meet with each advisor prior to registration each semester.

Information about the MBA program is listed below. Political science and international affair requirements can be found at http://www.marquette.edu/polisci/grad_overview.shtml for political science and http://www.marquette.edu/polisci/maia.shtml for international affairs.

In the MBA program, we have four categories of courses: foundation, core, elective core, and elective requirements as well as a capstone course. The areas are outlined below:

MBA/MA Curriculum

FOUNDATION COURSES
(0 TO 10 CREDIT HOURS)

  • Economics Foundations -- 2 credits
  • Accounting Foundations -- 2 credits
  • Mathematics Foundations -- 2 credits
  • Statistics Foundations -- 2 credits
  • Information Technology Foundations -- 2 credits

**NOTE: Students may be exempted from each Foundation course with the appropriate academic background (i.e., Two appropriate courses in the area for Economics, Accounting and Math; One appropriate course in Statistics and IT; Undergraduate courses must be taken at an accredited institution, within the last 10 years with a grade of C or better.)

Waiver Exam Option for Foundation Courses

 

CORE COURSES
(18 CREDIT HOURS)

Nine of these credit hours will be transferred to the Graduate School.

  • Managerial Economics -- 3 credits
  • Operations & Supply Chain Management -- 3 credits
  • Managerial Accounting -- 3 credits
  • Organizational Behavior -- 3 credits
  • Financial Management -- 3 credits
  • Marketing Management -- 3 credits

Recommended sequencing of the Quantitative courses is:
Managerial Economics, Managerial Accounting then Financial Management

**NOTE: Students may be exempted and/or waived from Core courses in fields in which they hold an undergraduate major only, within the last 10 years. If the waiver or exemption is requested and approved, an elective core or elective requirement.

 

ELECTIVE CORE COURSES
(9 CREDITS)*

  • Quantitative Methods -- 3 credits
  • Information Technology -- 3 credits
  • Social, Ethical, Political Environment -- 3 credits

*See below for options within the elective core distribution set.

 

CAPSTONE COURSES
(3 CREDITS)

  • Business Strategy -- 3 Credits

 

ELECTIVE COURSES
(10 CREDIT HOURS)

Nine credits of free electives and one credit of "skills" courses are required. Skills courses range from topics such as teams and group performance, conflict management, and presentation skills to SAS, SPSS and GIS courses. Students can take up to 4 credits of skills courses.

MBA/MA students will transfer 9 credits from the political science/ international affairs required core to fulfill the 9 elective credit requirements for the MBA program. A 1-credit skills class is required to be completed in the MBA program.

Approved List of Elective Core Courses

Quantitative Methods (3 credits required) Choose one:

ECON 6560 Applied Econometrics
FINA 6160 Financial Derivatives
FINA 6165 Fixed Income Markets and Securities
MARK 6160 Marketing Research
BUAD 6160 Business Analytics Using Spreadsheets

MANA 6000 and MANA 6001 or equivalent are required prior to registration for all quantitative methods courses.

 

Information Technology/e-Business (3 credits required) Choose one:

ACCO 5050/6050 Accounting Information Systems
HURE 5050/6050 Human Resources Information Systems
INTE 6150-69xx (IT electives within the Graduate School of Management)
MARK 6150 e-Marketing Strategy
MARK 6151 Direct Marketing Management
OSCM 6150 e-Business and Supply Chain Management
LAW 7157 Current Issues in Intellectual Property and Technology Law (Computer Law)*
LAW 7236 Internet Law*
MSCS 6340 Component Architecture
MSCS 6350 Distributed Computing
MSCS 6360 Enterprise Architecture
MSCS 6370 Information Representation

*Law classes may have specific prerequisites that must be met. You will also need approval from the Law School prior to registration for Law courses.

 

Social, Ethical, Political Environment (3 credits required) Choose one:

ACCO 6570 Auditing: Ethical, Legal, Professional, and Reporting Responsibilities
FINA 6170 Investment Management, Ethics and Society
HURE 6170 Ethical Issues, Regulatory, Environment and Human Resource Management
MANA 6170 Global Environment of Business
MARK 6170 Marketing Ethics & Social Responsibility

MBA/MA students may double count a maximum of 18 credits. The Graduate School of Management accepts a maximum of 9 credits from the political science/international affair required core to satisfy its elective requirements, and the Graduate School accepts a maximum of 9 credits from the MBA required core to satisfy its elective requirements. Students must earn a B or better to transfer the courses into the other program.

Tuition and Fees:

Tuition is paid on a per credit basis at the University’s graduate credit rate.

The MBA/Master of Arts in Political Science program is a combined program between the Graduate School of Management and the Graduate School. Efficiencies are built into the program to maximize the student’s time and energy while providing thorough coverage in each area.

MBA/MA students may double count a maximum of 18 credits. The Graduate School of Management accepts a maximum of 9 credits from the political science/international affair required core to satisfy its elective requirements, and the Graduate School accepts a maximum of 9 credits from the MBA required core to satisfy its elective requirements. Students must earn a B or better to transfer the courses into the other program.

The MBA/Master of Arts in Political Science program is a combined program between the Graduate School of Management and the Graduate School. Students must apply separately to both the Graduate School of Management and the Graduate School and meet the admissions requirements for each. While the applications are similar you do need to complete one for the GSM and one for the Graduate School.

Applicants for Regular Degree status must submit all materials directly to the Graduate School of Management, Straz Hall Executive Center:

  • A completed application form and $50 fee (waived if you are already enrolled in the Graduate School).
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges except Marquette. Students that are already admitted to the Graduate School may request transcript to be sent from the Graduate School to the GSM.
  • Official test scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). 
  • Essay questions on page 7 of the application form.
  • Resume or job profile.
  • Two letters of recommendation are optional.

(Additional requirements for international applicants only):

  • Three letters of recommendation are required.
  • Official TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English Proficiency.
  • Possibly interview

Students looking for temporary status can find out more at the GSM application page.

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Why would I want to do both degrees at the same time?

Efficiencies are built into the joint program to maximize the student’s time and energy while providing thorough coverage in each area.

Do I have to get both degrees at the same time?

No. You do need to be admitted to both programs at the same time to gain the maximum efficiencies but once you complete the requirements of one of the degrees you can earn that degree. You would them continue to work on the second degree.

How many credits can I save or double count?

The Graduate School of Management will accept a maximum of 9 approved political science or international affairs credits toward MBA elective requirements. The Graduate School will accept a maximum of 9 MBA credits toward the MA degree. Students work with both programs to meet degree requirements. A maximum of 18 credits is double counted between the two degrees which saves the student about a year of coursework and tuition.

Can I use one application for both programs?

Unfortunately not. Students seeking admission to the joint program must apply separately to both the Graduate School of Management and the Graduate School. While the applications are similar they need to be complete for each program. You can use the same essay questions for both applications.

Do I need to pay the application fee twice?

No. You will pay the fee for the first application you complete and indicate on the second application that you have already paid the fee.

Are the tuition fees different for the two programs?

No. Tuition is paid on a per credit basis at the University’s graduate credit rate which is the same for both programs.

Will I have an advisor?

You will be assigned an advisor in each program. It is suggested that you meet with your advisor in each program prior to registration each term.

Do I have to take an entrance exam?

Yes, the GMAT is required. However, you can use the GMAT for both programs so you don’t have to take more than one exam.