M.A/ M.B.A Admissions

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M.A/ M.B.A Admissions

Find out how to apply for the dual degree in Business and International Policy

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 (MIP) at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) 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.

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. The ips-gsb_dual_degree_outline-_final.pdfis a useful tool to understand the program structure. 


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 54 (reduced from 80 for stand-alone M.A. program)
Time to Complete 9 academic quarters (3 years)


Year School Coursework
1 GSB First-Year Curriculum
2 GSB & MIP GSB Second-Year Curriculum & MIP Core
3 MIP MIP Electives & Capstone


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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

  • After admittance to the GSB, current students may apply to a dual degree program during their first year through an internal process
  • Applicants will also need to submit the GSB-MIP Application for Current GSB Students

Apply as a current Stanford MIP student

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


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

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