Open-Enrollment MBA Courses

The Washington Campus offers a unique, intensive, five day residency program in Washington, D.C., for MBA and other graduate and professional students, "Managing Business, Government and Public Policy." This program focuses on how specific organizations and industries are affected by public policy, how policy is made and "Washington works"; and how public affairs and public policy can be effectively and ethically managed to create profitable and sustainable "win-win" solutions for business, government and society. 

The complete course includes: pre-readings, course sessions and activities, a final written exam on the last day, and a team project due two weeks after the course is completed. The program runs Monday-Friday from approximately 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., with a 4:00 p.m. close on Friday. The Washington Campus sends final grades to the students' universities, which awards the final grades and three credit hours. 

In addition, The Washington Campus offers at least one MBA program each year focused on Health Care Policy. The structure and flow of the MBA Health Care Policy course is similar to the MBA Business and Public Policy course, but with an emphasis on health care topics, speakers, and organizations. For more information, visit our Health Care Policy page.


Sample MBA Course Agenda


MBA Business and Public Policy Course

•    Welcome and Introduction to the Program
•    U.S. Congress: The Legislative Process and Players
•    Executive Branch: Policy Making and Implementation
•    The Regulatory Process: Policy Making of a Different Kind
•    A Primer on Business Lobbying and Advocacy
•    The Financial Crisis:  Financial Policy and Reforms
•    Evening reception

•    The Federal Budget: Exercise on Spending and Revenues 
•    The Federal Budget: Policy, Priorities, and Economic Impacts
•    Luncheon at the National Press Club
•    Luncheon Speaker: The Impact of the Media on Policy Making
•    Tax Reform: Priorities and Scenarios for the Next Congress
•    The Important Role of Trade Associations in Advocacy
•    The Challenges of Cybersecurity for Business and Public Policy

•    "Capitol Hill Day"
•    Students attend committee hearings in the House and/or Senate 
•    Meetings with current or former Member of House and/or Senate 
•    Visit House and Senate Galleries in U.S. Capitol to view legislative process
•    Visit Supreme Court and Library of Congress
•    A Conversation with Former Members of Congress

•    The Partisan Divide in Congress: Causes and Solutions
•    Immigration Reform: Policy Choices and Impacts on Business
•    Current Challenges of Healthcare Policy
•    Current Challenges in U.S. Trade and Investment Policy
•    Computer Simulation of the decision making process for Members of Congress

•    Corporate Perspectives on Effective Lobbying
•    U.S. Energy Policy: Sources, Uses, and Implications
•    Business Crisis Management: Washington and Beyond
•    The Role of an Independent Regulatory Agency: Case Study of the FTC
•    Final Exam
•    Adjourn


Mr. Curtis Etherly



The Honorable Fred Upton



The Honorable Jim Gerlach



Participants are expected to: attend the entire program in order to receive graduate course credits; dress in appropriate business attire; participate in class discussions; and not use laptops during course sessions except in special circumstances.  In order to gain access to certain government buildings, proper government-issued identification is required. 

As soon the registration process is completed, you will be sent a username and password to enter the course’s secure website where a course information document, sample agenda, Capitol Hill Day information document, pre-reading document, and other details of the course will be posted.  Group project assignments will also be sent to each student in advance.

Transportation to and lodging in D.C. are the responsibility of course participants.  On the logistics page provided after registration, there are helpful hints and links regarding transportation and lodging options. 

Courses are held at or near The Washington Campus facilities, located at 1150 18th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington DC 20036, in downtown Washington. The Washington Campus facility is convenient to the Farragut North (Red Line) and Farragut West (Blue/Orange/Silver Lines) Metro stations.

MBA Course Registration Fees and Tuition

You may register now on our homepage for our MBA programs and Health Care Policy MBA program.

The 2018 MBA course tuition is $1850 for participants from consortium member schools, and $1950 for participants from non-consortium schools. This includes a $400 non-refundable deposit.  Payment is due upon registration in order to have a space reserved. During the on-line registration process, students will be prompted to select from a list of consortium member schools and programs (full-time, part-time, etc.) or a non-consortium school (listed as “Other”). 

Should you have any questions during the registration process regarding payment, including any special conditions that may vary according to your school’s specific arrangements, please consult with your home campus MBA staff representative or contact The Washington Campus staff at (202) 234-4446 or   


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