MBA & Graduate Courses

MBA & Graduate Courses

The Washington Campus offers unique, intensive, five day residency courses in Washington, D.C., for MBA and other graduate and professional students, "Managing Business, Public Affairs, and Public Policy." These courses focus on how specific organizations and industries are affected by public policy, how public policy is made, 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. Course faculty are primarily experienced, expert practitioners: current and former legislators and staff; current and former executive and regulatory officials; corporate public affairs executives; lobbyists; and other policy makers and shapers from the media, think tanks, NGOs, and more.

The complete course includes: pre-readings, course sessions and activities, a take-home exam with two essay prompts, and a team project due two weeks after the course is completed. In order to meet academic credit contact hour requirements, in-person courses typically runs Monday-Friday from approximately 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., with a 4:00 p.m. close on Friday. The Washington Campus forwards grades to participants' universities, which award the final course grades and up to three academic credits.

In addition, The Washington Campus offers at least one special MBA section 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.



Business and Public Policy: Sample Course Outline

Day 1
•    Welcome and Introduction to the Course
•    Strategic Management of Public Affairs & Public Policy
•    Interactive Session on Business, Government, and Public Policy
•    Congress and the Executive Branch: The Challenges of Policy Making
•    Social Media in the New Normal of Policy and Advocacy
•    Networking Reception

Day 2
•    Public Affairs and Public Policy: Key Challenges for Business
•    Fiscal and Monetary Policy and the State of the American Economy
•    The Importance of Regulatory Processes, Policy, and Advocacy
•    360-Degree Advocacy: The Evolution of the Business of Lobbying
•    Evening Washington, D.C. Monument Tour 

Day 3
•    The Role and Challenges of Industry Associations
•    Cybersecurity Policy: Key Issues facing Business and Government
•    Tackling Social, Environmental, and Other Stakeholder Policy Issues
•    Managing the Regulatory Process: Interactive Discussion
•    Reception at National Press Club: Discussion of Media and Policy

Day 4
•    The Politics and Economics of Health Care in the U.S.
•    Changing Dynamics of U.S. Trade Policy and Global Supply Chains
•    Lunch at The Capitol Hill Club
•    Meeting with Member of Congress and/or Legislative Staff
•    The Practicalities of Lobbying Congress

Day 5
•    Independent Regulatory Agencies: Case Study of FTC
•    Strategically Managing Business-Government Relations
•    Final Discussion and Integration
•    Handout of Take-Home Exam
•    Adjournment



Mr. Greg Maurer Vice President, Public Policy, Facebook


Budget Game and Congressional Insight simulations 


Discussion with Senator Ed Markey


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 details of the course (including pre-readings) will be posted.  Group project assignments will be sent to each student on the first day of the course.

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 that are held in-person will be 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.

Our current in-person MBA course tuition is $2250 for participants from consortium member schools, and $2350 for participants from non-consortium schools. This includes a $150 non-refundable application fee and deposit.  Payment is due upon registration in order to have a space reserved. During the online 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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