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.

Degree Requirements

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. MBA Courses are offered at Carey Business School’s Washington, D.C. and Baltimore campuses.


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.

View detailed MA in Government degree requirements here.

For more information, contact the Advanced Academic Programs Admissions office at

Required MBA Courses:

Business Foundations (15 Courses; 30 Credits)

Students must take the following courses. All courses are 2 credits.

  • BU.120.601 Business Communication (For online students, this course has a residency component.)
  • BU.121.610 Negotiation (For online students, this course has a residency component.)
  • BU.131.601 Business Leadership & Human Values
  • BU.132.601 Business Law
  • BU.142.620 Leadership in Organizations (For online students, this course has a residency component.)
  • BU.210.620 Accounting and Financial Reporting
  • BU.220.610 The Firm and the Macro-economy
  • BU.220.620 Economics for Decision Making (Prerequisite: BU.510.601 Statistical Analysis)
  • BU.231.620 Corporate Finance (Prerequisite: BU.210.620 Acc. & Fin. Reporting)
  • BU.232.701 Investments (Prerequisite: BU.231.620 Corporate Finance)
  • BU.350.620 Information Systems
  • BU.410.620 Marketing Management
  • IBU.510.601 Statistical Analysis*
  • BU.520.601 Decision Models (Prerequisite: BU.510.601 Statistical Analysis)
  • BU.680.620 Operation Management (Prerequisite: BU.520.601 Decision Models)
  • Six (6) Electives 

*Biotechnology students who complete AS.410.645 Biostatistics may take an additional Carey Business Elective in place of BU.510.601 Statistical Analysis. Notify your academic advisor when you complete AS.410.645 so your record is updated accordingly.

MBA Electives or Concentrations (6 Courses; 12 credits)

Students may complete 12 elective credits or 12 MBA concentration credits. Students planning to complete an MBA concentration should notify their MBA academic advisor. Contact your advisor or admissions office for details about concentration course lists and prerequisites.

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Businesses**
  • Health Care Management**
  • Management / Leading Orgs**
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate and Infrastructure

**The only concentrations currently offered online are: Health Care Management, Leading Orgs, and Financial Businesses.

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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