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Joint Master of Public Policy and Master of Business Administration (MPP/MBA)

The Master of Public Policy and Master of Business Administration (MPP/MBA) degree program is a joint program between the School of Public Policy and the Graziadio Business School full-time program.

Pepperdine's philosophy of leadership is one that embraces the highest academic standards guided by sound ethical principles. The joint MPP/MBA degree program provides an enriched leadership experience by focusing on management capabilities, leadership qualities, and a commitment to utilizing the tools of analysis and policy design to effect successful implementation and institutional change.

The Graziadio Business School full-time MBA program is well regarded for preparing students for leadership roles in an expanding global marketplace. The School of Public Policy program draws deeply on this nation's ethical and historic roots. Both programs aspire to train students who are willing to strive for academic excellence and moral decisiveness, who are inspired to delve deeply into societal, community, and global issues of management and leadership. Both schools nurture ethical and managerial skills of organization development and strategy.

The Graziadio Business School provides eight areas of elective concentration: Business Analytics; Digital Innovation and Information Systems; Dispute Resolution; Entertainment, Media, and Sports Management; Entrepreneurship; Finance; Leadership and Managing Organization Change; and Marketing. In addition, a Certificate for Socially, Environmentally, and Ethically Responsible (SEER) Business Practice is available.

Interested students must apply and be accepted by both the School of Public Policy and the Graziadio Business School program, separately. Please consult the academic catalog for joint degree program details. Applicants pursuing the MPP/MBA program may substitute the GMAT for the GRE.

Program Benefits

Top Ranked Schools

U.S. News and World Report ranks Pepperdine's MPP a top 10 graduate policy program in the West and the Pepperdine MBA #83 in Best Business Schools.

Finish Faster

Complete two degrees in three years.  Students finish an MPP and an MBA in three years instead of the typical four.

Maximize Career Outcomes

Private Sector

Consulting Firms, GovTech Firms, Data Analytics, Lobbying, Corporate Policy Making and Regulation, Corporate Communications


Think Tanks, International NGO's, Policy-Focused Nonprofits (Education Policy, Health Policy, Homelessness, Criminal Justice)


Foreign Service, Intelligence Agencies, State/Local Government Leadership, Capitol Hill Staff, Campaigns



Take the Next Step

Reach out to us to learn more about Pepperdine's MPP program.

Start Your Application

Make a significant impact in the world through a cross-sector degree. Start your public leadership journey.

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Fill out the Request Information form to learn about the opportunities that await you and get in contact with an SPP staff member.




The joint MPP/MBA degree program requires a total of 85 units: 38 units of public policy curriculum and 47 units of business school courses. It thus permits the student to complete in three years what ordinarily would require four years if undertaken separately.

Customize your degree with several MPP specializations and MBA concentrations to choose from.

MPP Specializations

  • American Policy and Politics
  • Applied Economic Policy
  • International Relations and National Security
  • Public Policy and Dispute Resolution
  • State and Local Policy

MBA Concentrations

  • Business Analytics
  • Digital Innovation and Information Systems
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Entertainment, Media, and Sports Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Leadership and Managing Organizational Change
  • Marketing



Joint degree students are eligible for the Pepperdine School of Public Policy awarded scholarships each year. Awards are made available through endowed funds, gifts from supporters and alumni, and allocation of University general funds. The Scholarship Committee awards scholarship based on merit, academic, and professional experiences.

Students must apply separately for scholarships made available through the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School.


of students receive scholarship support*


average amount of tuition covered by scholarships*

*Average MPP scholarship based on estimated 2022-2023 enrollment data and is not a guarantee of funding.


School of Public Policy MPP Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted for the Fall term only following each of our completion deadlines.

The School of Public Policy processes completed applications beginning October through July for each Fall term enrollment. We provide a checklist of requirements, which includes transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a personal essay focusing on your moral and ethical point of view.


Graziadio Business School MBA Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted for the Fall term only following a set of completion deadlines.

Get started by scheduling a consultation, attending an event, or starting an application today.

Ximena Del Carpio

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Ximena Del Carpio

Senior Economist
Human Development, Social Protection and Labor Unit
World Bank
Washington, District of Columbia

Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient, 2014

MPP/MBA, Pepperdine University, 2000
Specialization: International Relations

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