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
(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
Waiver Exam Option for Foundation 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
- Quantitative Methods -- 3 credits
- Information Technology -- 3 credits
- Social, Ethical, Political Environment -- 3 credits
*See below for options within the elective core distribution set.
- Business Strategy -- 3 Credits
(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:
||Fixed Income Markets and Securities
||Business Analytics Using Spreadsheets
MANA 6000 and MANA 6001 or equivalent are required prior to registration for all quantitative
Information Technology/e-Business (3 credits required) Choose one:
||Accounting Information Systems
||Human Resources Information Systems
||(IT electives within the Graduate School of Management)
||Direct Marketing Management
||e-Business and Supply Chain Management
||Current Issues in Intellectual Property and Technology Law (Computer Law)*
*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:
||Auditing: Ethical, Legal, Professional, and Reporting Responsibilities
||Investment Management, Ethics and Society
||Ethical Issues, Regulatory, Environment and Human Resource Management
||Global Environment of Business
||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.
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.