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.
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
ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME*
*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
The Drucker Difference
Focuses on individual, organizational, and societal issues raised by Peter Drucker and explores their implications in different functional areas of management.
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.
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.
Perspectives in Conflict & Peace
This class will review current theories of international and domestic conflict including proposals that lead to their resolution.
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.
48 units–Division of Politics and Economics (DPE)
48 units–Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management
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.
MBA core coursework–36 units
MBA elective coursework (concentration option)–12 units
Dual degree electives–12 units
Total MBA Units–60 Units
Faculty & Research
Full Clinical Professor
Strategic Decision Making, International Political Economy, Sustainable Development