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Dual Degree - Business: MPP/MBA

This three-year MPP/MBA program with either Duke's Fuqua School of Business or UNC's Kenan-Flager Business School is ideal for students who are:

  • interested in highly regulated industries, such as energy, finance and health care.
  • desire to start or run socially responsible enterprises.
  • motivated to complete two challenging programs.

MPP/MBA students are fully enrolled at both schools and have the same support and resources as any other MPP or MBA student. 39 credits of MPP coursework are required. The GRE is not required for dual degree MPP/MBA applicants; the GMAT can be substituted.


Eric Nakano MPP/MBA'14 portrait“I wanted to learn the language of business and management. The dual degree gave me the chance to go further in depth in the areas of accounting and finance. Fuqua also allowed me to meet even more people from different industries and countries.”—Eric Nakano MPP/MBA'14 Learn more about why Eric chose Sanford.


Kate Lohmeyer headshot"When I was a child, I would spend hours with my grandmother looking at photo albums from her travels in Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia. She showed me pictures of wildlife from the Galapagos, art from France and Italy, and engineering projects in China. From her kitchen table on the South Side of Chicago, my grandmother opened my eyes to the broader world and sparked a lifelong interest in reaching out beyond our borders.

While at Sanford, I had the great privilege of interning at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Switzerland with talented individuals from dozens of countries. I attended WTO committee meetings and listened to ambassadors discussing how to solve global issues. I spoke with experts from the United Nations, the World Wide Fund for Nature and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. I became a part of the international efforts to face down the growing challenges of an increasingly interconnected world.

I never could have imagined the trajectory from my grandmother’s kitchen table to the dais of the WTO, but I know I have her to thank for instilling in me a concern for others and an interest in international affairs. I don’t know what my child self would think about who I have become or what I do today, but I know she would be elated to find herself following in her grandmother’s footsteps and stepping out to face challenges beyond our shores.” -Kate Lohmeyer, MPP/MBA ‘19

Please note that separate applications are required for dual degree programs. For specific application procedures and information on the MPP program, please refer to the MPP admissions page. Visit Duke's Fuqua web site and UNC's Kenan-Flager web site for information about applying to those programs.