Open-Enrollment MBA 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.


  • Joe (Ke) Zhou
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Last week, I had the opportunity to join a cohort of diverse graduate students to unravel the complex interplay between business and government. The more we delved into public policies, their impact on industries, and the intricacies of the policy-making process, the more I appreciated the depth and breadth of what there is to learn in this field…This has been a pivotal step in my educational journey, enhancing my understanding of the critical intersection between public affairs, policy, and business. This accomplishment symbolizes more than just academic achievement; it represents a broader horizon in my professional and personal growth.

  • Caitlyn Burkhardt
    Emory University

    Last week I was fortunate to spend the week in Washington, D.C. as a participant diving into a course on Strategically Managing Business, Public Policy, and Public Affairs hosted by The Washington Campus With 45+ other students from 11 MBA programs across the country, we were exposed to diverse, insightful congressional staffers and leaders throughout Public Policy, Government Affairs, Media, Cybersecurity and more. Listening to perspectives both bipartisan and on either side of the aisle has been an invaluable experience both professionally and personally.

  • Eric Schulte
    Indiana University

    Last week I was fortunate to spend time in our nation’s capital with fellow graduate students from across the country exploring topics related to business, public affairs and public policy. We heard from corporate public affairs leaders, former US trade representatives, attorneys, lobbyists, and trade organization members amongst others…all of whom came from diverse backgrounds and demonstrated that strong relationships in both business and politics is paramount. I cannot thank The Washington Campus enough for the fantastic program they delivered as well as the driven and insightful team members I had the pleasure of working with.

  • Brittany Kruelskie
    University of Michigan

    It was such a great experience spending the week in Washington DC learning about public policy, advocacy, and government affairs as it relates to business strategy through The Washington Campus. It was a unique opportunity to hear from a variety of speakers, connect with a fellow Michigan OMBA student, and meet students from several other MBA programs from across the country!

  • Michal Kaminski
    University of California, Berkeley

    Each day was a revelation in understanding how things truly get done in the public domain. In today’s complex political landscape, reaching consensus is more challenging yet remains as crucial as ever. This week was not just an academic exercise; it was an essential exploration into the critical art of building consensus in US policy and governance.

Business and Public Policy: Sample Course Outline

Day One
Day Two
Day Three
Day Four
Day Five
  • 360° Advocacy: The Evolution of the Business of Lobbying
  • The Strategic Importance of Regulatory Engagement and Advocacy
  • The Evolving Role of Corporate Public Affairs and Government
  • Cybersecurity Policy: Key Challenges Facing Business and Government
  • Evening Monument Tour
  • Navigating Uncharted Territory: Fiscal Policy, Monetary Policy, The Economy and Capital Markets
  • Consumer Protection, Privacy, and the Role of Independent Regulatory Agencies: The Federal Trade Commission
  • Corporate Public Affairs, Business and Government Relations
  • Evening Reception at the National Press Club
  • The Role of Media in Politics and Policy
  • Understanding Regulatory Processes: An Interactive Discussion
  • Corporate Public Affairs: Communications and Crisis Management
  • Competition Policy: Antitrust Legislation, Regulation, and Emerging Issues
  • The Role of Industry and Trade Associations
  • Understanding and Working with Policymakers: Insights from a Former Member
  • Congress and the Executive Branch: Challenges of Making Public Policy
  • Meeting with Members of Congress, Staff, and Committee Staff
  • Capitol Hill Free Time
  • The Changing Dynamics of US-China Relations, Trade Policy, and Global Supply Chains
  • Perspectives on Business, Politics, and Policy: Where Do We Go From Here?
  • Corporate Strategy and Business-Government Relations: Financial Services
  • Integration and Conclusion
  • Presentation of Certificates

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 as follows:

  • $2250 for participants from consortium member schools
  • $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   


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.  

The Washington Campus facility is convenient to the Farragut North (Red Line) and Farragut West (Blue/Orange/Silver Lines) Metro stations.

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

Register for the next MBA Program today!

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