The MBA/MA in Government combines the resources of two respected schools within Johns Hopkins—the Carey Business School and the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences—to develop leaders capable of redefining the relationship between business and government.



3 years (30 courses)


$1,330 per credit (MBA) | $3,673 per course (MS)

Inside Look Into MBA/MA in Government

Program Features

At the junction of political power and business innovation.

The distinctive Johns Hopkins Master of Business Administration/Master of Arts in Government responds to the needs of students who envision careers blending business and public-sector expertise.

The rigorous course work, encompassing government, politics, ethics, global economics, financial theory, and management, bridges the traditional separation of private and public sectors. Students in the program also have the option of choosing a concentration in homeland security, political communication, or law and justice.

Courses are taught at our campus near Dupont Circle, in the heart of Washington, D.C.

Sample Curriculum

Students who pursue the dual MBA/MA degree will take classes in the MA in Government program at the School of Arts and Sciences and in the MBA program at the Carey Business School. Thirty courses are required to complete the degree.


Required Government Courses:

  • Proseminar: Essentials of Public and Private Management
  • Government and Politics in the U.S.

Government Electives:

  • Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods
  • Law of Public Institutions
  • Congressional Policy Making
  • The Budgetary Process
  • Executive Politics and Policymaking
  • Public Entrepreneurship
  • Negotiating as Leadership Skill
  • Government and the Global Economy
  • State Politics and Policymaking
  • Research and Thesis I, II and III

Writing a thesis is optional for MBA/MA students, but is encouraged. MBA/MA students who successfully defend their theses will be awarded honors at graduation.

MBA/MA students must complete symposia. Detailed information about this requirement can be found on the symposia webpage.  Please read through this information carefully. Students who would like to earn a concentration may take four electives in a given concentration area. Concentrations are offered in Political Communication, Security Studies, and Legal Studies. To earn a concentration, students must take four classes in that subject area.

Required MBA Courses:

  • Negotiations
  • Decision Models
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Business Communication
  • The Firm & the Macroeconomy
  • Economics for Decision Making
  • Business Leadership and Human Value
  • Business Law
  • Corporate Finance
  • Information Systems
  • Marketing Management
  • Leadership in Organizations
  • Operations Management
  • Investments
  • Accounting & Financial Reporting
  • Six (6) Electives

Tuition & Fees

MBA Tuition

Applicants to the program should refer to the Carey Business School Tuition and Fees chart for current MBA tuition amounts.

MBA/MA in Communication Tuition

Tuition and fee information for the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences is available here.

We offer a variety of financial aid programs, including scholarships, loans, and work study opportunities. For more information about financial aid for this program, please click here.

How to Apply

Applications for the MBA/MS in Government dual degree program must be submitted to the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. The admissions committees of both schools will review each application.

To apply, visit the Advanced Academic Programs admissions page.

For more information, visit the program website, call 202-452-1940 or email

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