As I’ve mentioned previously, I am a dual-degree student who is a candidate for a Master of Public Policy in addition to pursuing an MBA. So, although I need to complete a few more MBA credits, the bulk of my coursework in the 2013-14 academic year will be taken in the School of Public Policy.
This dichotomy has made putting my schedule together next fall an interesting experience. Just as with my MBA, my first semester of policy coursework will be focused on core credits. But unlike the seven-week MBA courses, policy courses last an entire semester. In addition, policy courses are held once per week for two-and-a-half hours, whereas MBA courses are twice per week for one hour and 50 minutes.
Fortunately, there are two elements that have introduced flexibility into my scheduling. First, due to my MBA coursework, there are two MPP core courses that I do not have to take. Second, there are several sections of each MPP core course to choose from.
As of now, I have registered for six courses for next fall: My remaining MBA core course, The Global Economic Environment; four MPP core courses; and one MPP elective. Like all MBA core courses, The Global Economic Environment is a one-term course, so there will be a huge hole in my schedule when that class ends; on Mondays my first class will be at 4:15 p.m., and on Wednesdays I won’t have class at all.