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Business Administration / International Public Policy (MBA/MIPP)

Business Administration / International Public Policy (MBA/MIPP)

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The first of its kind in Canada, this two-year, full-time program is geared for individuals wanting to bridge the divide between public and private sectors. Earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) will equip graduates to lead change and facilitate global development.

Completed over 26 months, this new double-degree program combines the 40-year history of the Lazaridis MBA with the innovative MIPP program at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA). The MBA/MIPP program develops skills critical to taking on the pressing issues facing our world’s society. Graduates will be prepared to address the global effects of trade liberalization, globalization, environmental change and geopolitical instability from both a business and policy leadership perspective.

This intensive program will begin in July with the Foundation in Global Public Policy (FGPP) course. This six-week course, taken at the BSIA, counts for two credits. Thereafter, you will join the regular-stream full-time MBA students for the program’s hallmark Integrated Core courses at Laurier’s Waterloo campus. You will then split the remainder of your time and courses at both the BSIA and the Laurier campuses.

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Benefits of the MBA/MIPP

  • The first program of its kind in Canada.
  • The innovative Integrated Core teaching approach that a hallmark of the Lazaridis MBA.
  • The choice of more than 10 different MBA specializations to choose from.
  • Located in the centre of Canada’s technology triangle, students will engage with social venture and entrepreneurship, startups, NGOs and more.
  • Competitive tuition, making this double degree one of the best ROIs in Canada.


  • A four-year undergraduate degree at the honours level with a minimum of B standing.
  • Applicants must also have earned a grade of at least a B- in one-term undergraduate courses in microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, an introductory statistics course, and at least one relevant political science course.
  • Three letters of reference (at least one academic reference letter is required).
  • Proficiency in English.

Next Steps

  1. Learn more by reviewing the Graduate Admissions Toolkit.
  2. Prepare for your GMAT.
  3. Apply now.

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