Dual Degrees in Business and Public Affairs

Offered in conjunction with UT's McCombs School of Business, the dual program in business and public affairs is designed to train qualified students in a coordinated program of coursework in public affairs and an advanced business field. Graduates should be prepared to move into careers at any level of government and various business/government-related areas of the private sector, responding to the growing needs for a combination of policy-related skills and one or more business administration specializations.

Program Structure

The program is structured so that students can earn the MBA and MPAff degrees simultaneously in three years and one summer rather than the four years and two summers the two degrees would otherwise require. Dual degree students, who become part of the entering class cohort in each school, spend their time in the program as follows:

  • Year 1: Two full semesters in the LBJ School
  • Year 2: Two full semesters in the McCombs School of Business
  • Year 3: Courses in both the LBJ School and the McCombs School, and completion of the professional report

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 80 semester hours of coursework.

Public Affairs

  • Total LBJ credit hours: 36

    • 27 LBJ core hours
    • 6 hours Policy Research Project
    • 9 LBJ elective hours 
    • Summer internship with a government agency or publicly oriented organization


Please note that a minimum of two years of full-time work experience is required for admission to the MBA program.