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M.A./M.B.A. Admissions

Dual Degree in Business and International Policy Studies

This dual degree program allows you to pursue an M.B.A. at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) and an M.A. in International Policy Studies (IPS) from the Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences in three academic years of residence.

It is designed for students who are interested in working at the intersection of business and government both in the U.S. and abroad. The cross-disciplinary course of study will prepare you to be a leader in international organizations, non-profit organizations, social enterprises, consulting firms, and corporations that focus on a range of issues, such as international development, trade and finance, security, healthcare, and the environment.

Application instructions for the M.B.A./M.A. Dual Degree Program 

Degree Requirements

You must fulfill the degree requirements for each program as outlined in the academic policies from each school for the year in which you begin the required curriculum.  

M.B.A. degree requirements
M.A. degree requirements


M.B.A. Units

90 (reduced from 105 for stand-alone M.B.A. program)

M.A. Units

55 (reduced from 73 for stand-alone M.A. program)

Time to Complete

9 academic quarters (3 years)







First-Year Curriculum



GSB Second-Year Curriculum & IPS Core



IPS Electives & Practicum

How to Apply

There are three options for applying to the dual degree program:

Apply as an external applicant to both degree programs

Apply as a current Stanford GSB student

Apply as a current Stanford IPS student

  • After admittance to IPS, current students may apply to the GSB by submitting a complete application.


Students interested in the dual M.B.A./M.A. degree must apply separately to and be accepted by both the GSB and IPS programs.

For more information on how to apply, please review the GSB and IPS admissions guidelines.