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)


$1,410 per credit (MBA) | $4,111 per course (MA)

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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.

Students may complete their MBA courses at Carey’s campus in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., or online. Three online courses (Business Communications, Leadership in Organizations, and Negotiation) require a mandatory residency component at the Baltimore campus. Residences are offered several times throughout the year and range between one and half and two and a half days.

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.

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


Required Government Courses:

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

Government Electives:

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

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:

Online sections of Business Communication, Leadership in Organizations, and Negotiation also require attendance at an in-person residency on the Baltimore campus.

Business Foundations (15 Courses; 30 Credits)

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

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

MBA Electives or Concentrations (9 Courses; 18 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

For Academic Year 2019-2020

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/MA 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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