Offered jointly by the Drucker School of Management and the Division of Politics & Economics, the dual MBA and PhD in Political Science undertakes a comprehensive examination of the global economy from both business and political economy perspectives.

This innovative dual-degree program combines PhD-level research in political science with an abbreviated MBA or Executive MBA from the world-renowned Drucker School of Management. You’ll develop advanced analytical thinking and research abilities while studying a full range of business disciplines, with particular focus on strategic, proactive decision making and problem solving. Leading faculty-scholars from both fields impart the skills, knowledge, and experience that will qualify you for competitive careers in the nonprofit sector, corporate arena, government, consulting, academia, and more.

Program Highlights
  • Save approximately 32 units of coursework, equivalent to an extra year and a half of full-time study.
  • Earn two degrees in less time and at a lower cost.
  • MBA academic advisors work with you and others in DPE to determine your coursework. You will also collaborate with the Office of Career Management to determine an appropriate career path that uses the knowledge and skills you gain from both degrees.
  • More than 30 percent of students enrolled in the MBA pursue dual degrees that combine the essentials of management and business with a specialized academic area of interest.

Program at a Glance

96 units

5 years

*This estimate assumes full-time registration and pursuit of the degree. Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

Fall | Spring | Summer

PhD in Political Science, MBA

Featured Courses

MGT 325
The Drucker Difference

Focuses on individual, organizational, and societal issues raised by Peter Drucker and explores their implications in different functional areas of management.

MGT 335
Corporate Finance

Develops understanding of financial decision making—including investment decisions, financing decisions, and their interaction—and examines the underlying framework of corporate finance, including valuation, market efficiency, portfolio theory, agency costs, and information costs.

PP 482
Advanced Quantitative Research Methods

Examines regression analysis, focusing partly on theoretical issues and partly on practical problems in applied regression to prepare students for advanced study of econometric techniques.

Seminar in Conflict & Peace

Introduces the study of conflict and investigates the broad topics of war and peace.

World Politics

Provides a broad survey of competing perspectives on international relations.

MGT 321
Marketing Management

Examines the process of strategic marketing management and provides tools and methods to examine marketing environments, understand consumer and organizational buying behavior, develop and promote new products, manage existing products, and more.

Program Requirements

All students completing a dual degree with an MBA complete 48 of the 60 units for the Drucker MBA program at the Drucker School but can apply 12 units from their second degree toward the MBA. The number of units accepted from Drucker by other CGU degrees will vary depending on their academic requirements. All MBA students, including those earning dual degrees, are required to take all core classes related to management. Dual degrees can still choose to complete a formal concentration in the MBA program.

Unit Breakdown

Faculty & Research

  • Mark Abdollahian profile image

    Mark Abdollahian

    Full Clinical Professor

    Research Interests

    Strategic Decision Making, International Political Economy, Sustainable Development

  • Mark Blitz profile image

    Mark Blitz

    Fletcher Jones Professor of Political Philosophy
    Field Chair, Political Philosophy
    Director, Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom

    Research Interests

    Political science, Philosophy, American politics

  • Heather E. Campbell profile image

    Heather E. Campbell

    Professor, Department of Politics & Government
    Director, Division of Politics & Economics
    Field Chair, Public Policy
    Thornton F. Bradshaw Chair

    Research Interests

    Public Policy, Urban Environmental Policy, Environmental Justice

  • Yi Feng profile image

    Yi Feng

    Luther Lee Jr. Memorial Chair Professor

    Research Interests

    International Political Economy, International Relations, Political Economy of China and Latin America, Quantitative Methodology

  • Bernie Jaworski profile image

    Bernie Jaworski

    Peter F. Drucker Chair in Management and the Liberal Arts

    Research Interests

    Client Management, Leadership, Management, Marketing, Strategy

  • Robert Klitgaard profile image

    Robert Klitgaard

    University Professor

    Research Interests

    Public Policy, Economic Strategy, Institutional Reform, Corruption

  • Jacek Kugler profile image

    Jacek Kugler

    Elisabeth Helm Rosecrans Professor of International Relations

    Research Interests

    Causes and Consequences of War, Political Performance, Power Transition

  • Jay Prag profile image

    Jay Prag

    Clinical Full Professor
    Academic Director
    Faculty Coordinator, Center for Business & Management of the Arts

    Research Interests

    Corporate Finance, Investments, Economics of Strategy, Macroeconomics

  • Javier Rodríguez profile image

    Javier Rodríguez

    Associate Professor

    Research Interests

    Public & Health Policy, Social Inequality, Quantitative Methods for Social Science Research

  • Melissa Rogers profile image

    Melissa Rogers

    Associate Professor, International Studies
    Co-Director, Inequality and Policy Research Center
    Field Chair, Comparative Politics

    Research Interests

    Comparative Politics, Political Economy, Economic Inequality

  • Vijay Sathe profile image

    Vijay Sathe

    C.S. & D.J. Davidson Chair and Professor of Management

    Research Interests

    Family business, Mindful revitalization, Creative economy, The Effective Executive, Managing Change

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