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MBA/MPA Dual Degree in Sustainable Management

"'Business' and 'government' are so radically intertwined, and both fundamentally human institutions - the separation, if one ever existed, is increasingly thin - policy shapes business and business shapes policy, and the same people are playing both sides of the game. Sustainability can't be fostered by business alone, nor government alone, but both working in concert."

                -Edward West, Founder, Mission Motors
                 MBA '07, Presidio Graduate School



MBA/MPA Dual Degree

Presidio Graduate School Students and Faculty

Presidio Graduate School offers students the ability to earn a dual MBA/MPA degree in sustainable management in three years. This 90-credit degree combines the best of our private sector innovation education with our cutting-edge public sector training.

This is an ideal choice for students looking to have leadership roles in industries that operate between the public and private sectors, and who seek to align commercial and policy goals toward more sustainable outcomes. The Dual Degree allows graduates to thrive anywhere in a market system, from local and federal government agencies, to entrepreneurial start-ups, to Fortune 100 companies, to NGOs. Our Dual Degree students are also ideally suited to work in highly-regulated industries, including energy, food and agriculture, and health care; and to land roles in business development, advocacy, or external affairs.

An integrated design.

The design of the PGS Dual Degree illustrates our distinctive systems-thinking approach to sustainable management. The Dual Degree is built upon the same MBA and MPA foundations as our single degree programs.

While our individual MBA and MPA curricula are already closely integrated, with 50% of coursework in common between them, the Dual Degree allows a student to take the entire set of PGS offerings, gaining deep skills in cross-sector management and collaboration. From Marketing and Sustainable Operations, to Urban Development, and Public Sector Finance, our Dual Degree students are able to see the entire playing field from multiple institutional perspectives, and have a comprehensive view of how to innovate and make change.

The dual degree program culminates in and MBA and MPA capstone projects which demonstrates the graduate’s readiness to take on the most intractable intersectoral challenges.



Program format.

As with all of our degree programs, the Dual Degree program combines face-to-face classroom experience with the flexibility of interactive distance-learning. Students have as much in-class time as a traditional degree program. However, Presidio provides an additional level of learning through a robust online component that develops essential management skills and facilitates virtual collaboration among students.

The full-time program spans three years. Presidio does accept part-time dual degree students, though it is discouraged. Each semester, classroom instruction takes place over a four-day residency period (part-time students attend classes for two days). These residencies occur Thursday through Sunday once a month for each five month semester.

For more details on the dual MBA/MPA degree program, please contact our Admissions Department.