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2023 - 2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023 - 2024 Graduate Catalog

Combined Degree Program - PhD in EPPL Higher Education & MBA

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The combined program for the Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration with the- MBA allows students to obtain both a Ph.D. and a MBA degree in five years, instead of the six years that would be required if each were pursued separately.  Candidates interested in this combined degree program must apply to and gain acceptance by both the Graduate School of Education and the Mason School of Business MBA program.  

Program of Study - Combined Program - PhD Higher Education/MBA

PhD Component

Core Component (12 credits)

EPPL 601 Educational Policy: Development and Analysis (3)  

EPPL 602 Educational Planning (3)  

EPPL 603 Leadership in Education (3)  

EPPL 604 Cross Disciplinary Perspectives in Educational Theory, Research and Practice (3)  

Research Component (9 credits)

EDUC 663 Quantitative Research Design & Methods I (3)  

EDUC 694A Qualitative Research Design & Methods, Part I (3)  

EDUC 694B Qualitative Research Design & Methods, Part II (3)  

Concentration (15 credits)

Required Courses (9 credits)

EDUC 603 The College Student: Developmental Themes and Social Contexts (3)  

EPPL 613 The Academic Life (3)  

EPPL 628 The History of Higher Education (3)  

Elective Courses (6 credits)

Select 6 additional credits of higher education courses in consultation with the advisor

Culminating Experience (9 credits)

EPPL 790 Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership Research Seminar (3)  

EDUC 800 Dissertation (1-9) *

*6 credits of Dissertation are required for the degree.

Total Credits for PhD: 45

MBA Component

Required MBA Classes

Fall Semester (17.5 credits)

BUAD 5011 Communicating for Results (2)  

BUAD 5101 Financial Accounting and Disclosure (2)  

BUAD 5301 Financial Management (2)  

BUAD 5401 Marketing Management (2)  

BUAD 5501 Organizational Behavior (2)  

BUAD 5701 Data Analysis (2)  

BUAD 5721 Economic Analysis & Insights (2)  

BUAD 5801 The Principled Professional (2)  

BUAD 5931 Charting your MBA Career (.5)  

BUAD 5951 Sprint (1)  

Spring Semester (15)

BUAD 5111 Accounting for Managerial Decision Making (2)  

BUAD 5211 IT Infrastructure and Business Transformation (2)  

BUAD 5601 Operations and Supply Chain Management (2)  

BUAD 5901 Global Competitive Strategy (2)  

BUAD 5941 Business, Government, & the Global Economy (2)  

BUAD 5951 Sprint (1)  

BUAD 6971 Independent Study (0-6)  (2 credits)

BUAD 6971 Independent Study (0-6)  (2 credits)

MBA Component - Year 3 (15.5)

BUAD 6XXX - MBA Electives (15.5)

Select electives in consultation with the advisor

Total MBA Credits: 48

Total Credit hours for combined degree: 93


A student earning a Combined Degree must complete BOTH requirements before either degree is earned.  Student must file a Notice of Candidacy for Graduation with the University Registrar’s Office for the Combined Degree by the established deadlines the fall prior to graduation.

Additional PhD Graduation Requirements

Committee Approved Dissertation must be uploaded for publishing to ProQuest by the semester deadline established by the Office of Academic Programs prior to graduation.

The Survey of Earned Doctorates must be completed by the semester deadline established by the Office of Academic Programs prior to graduation.