MBA Business Economics and Public Policy Major

Requirements for the Major

Pass/Fail elective courses cannot be counted toward the major. Four credit units in Business Economics and Public Policy (BEPP) are required. Students may seek approval to have one of the four credit units be from other departments of The Wharton School or in other schools of the University. Courses in health care, energy, the environment, taxation, and international finance have been approved for the major in the past. An advanced study project (BEPP 893) may be taken as one of the four credit units.

The following courses have been offered in recent years:

  • BEPP 704: Financing and Managing Government
  • BEPP 710: Firms, Markets, and Public Policy
  • BEPP 761: Risk Analysis and Environmental Management
  • BEPP 763: Energy Markets & Policy
  • BEPP 770: Introduction to Business Economics and Public Policy
  • BEPP 772: Urban Public Policy and Private Economic Development
  • BEPP 773: Urban Fiscal Policy
  • BEPP 789: Nations, Politics, and Markets
  • BEPP 805: Risk Management
  • BEPP 811: Risk and Crisis Management
  • BEPP 812: Markets for Pure Risk
  • BEPP 823: Business Insurance and Estate Planning
  • BEPP 824: Social Insurance
  • BEPP 853: Actuarial Statistics

Dual Major

Many students opt for a dual major. The most common choice is with Finance. Other common dual majors are with Real Estate, Management, Marketing, and Health Care. In most cases, some courses are counted for credit in both majors.

Courses in Area of Interest

International Policy

For students interested in careers in international organizations, government positions involving international commercial affairs, and international corporations.

  • BEPP 712 Managing Interfirm Strategic Alliances (mini) (MGMT 712)
  • BEPP 715 Geopolitics (mini) (MGMT 715)
  • BEPP 770¬†Introduction to Business Economics and Public Policy
  • BEPP 773 Urban Fiscal Policy
  • BEPP 777 Cost Benefit Analysis
  • BEPP 788 International Industrial Development Strategies
  • BEPP 789 Nations, Politics, and Markets
  • BEPP 790 Technology in Global Markets (mini)
  • BEPP 798 Privatization: An International Perspective

Domestic Policy

For students interested in careers in consulting firms or governmental organizations specializing in regulatory authorities, public finance, or urban economic policy, and in private sector business.

  • BEPP 710 Firms, Markets, and Public Policy
  • BEPP 712 Managing Interfirm Strategic Alliances (mini) (MGMT 712)
  • BEPP 732 Telecoms & Internet Strategy and Policy (mini) (MGMT 732)
  • BEPP 761 Risk Analysis: Environmental Management (OPIM 761)
  • BEPP 763¬†Energy Markets and Policy
  • BEPP 770¬†Introduction to Business Economics and Public Policy
  • BEPP 772 Urban Public Policy and Private Economic Development (REAL 772)
  • BEPP 773 Urban Fiscal Policy (FNCE 730, REAL 730)
  • BEPP 777 Cost Benefit Analysis
  • BEPP 784 Managerial Economics and Game Theory (mini) (MGMT 784)
  • BEPP 790 Technology in Global Markets (mini)

Please contact the MBA Advisor for more information.

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