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WashU at Brookings


WashU at Brookings, a partnership of the Brookings Institution and Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) Olin School of Business, brings together two premier institutions to deliver on Robert S. Brookings’ desire to “teach the art of handling problems rather than simply impart accumulated knowledge” to those in and engaged with government.

Education Philosophy

WashU at Brookings believes leadership development begins when you embrace a service-oriented, purpose-driven life.

You are defined by your belief in strong democratic institutions and ideals. Your dedication to making a positive difference for society. Your desire to deliver results for the American people. Your optimism about government as a whole. And your commitment to building empathy and integrity in yourself and your team.

Curriculum is competency- and research-based. U.S. Office of Personnel Management Executive Core Qualifications prepare you for the Senior Executive Service or a senior-level position at your agency or organization. They also help you identify new opportunities and implement big ideas.

As a result, the executive education provided by WashU at Brookings transforms government one leader at a time.

“WashU at Brookings develops leaders of competence and character who are equipped to make a positive and principled difference in their organizations, their communities, and society at large.”

Certificates and Fellowships

WashU at Brookings also offers two certificates and two fellowship programs.

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Fill out this form for more information about our certificates, fellowships, courses, and/or on-site offerings.

Quick Registration Guide

Registration Policies


Register for WashU at Brookings’s executive education courses by phone, email, or online.

Please do not transmit your credit card information via email. The registrar will reach out to you for payment details.

Your course registration is not final until your payment is received in full or until an approved government purchase order is received. The registrar will email you written confirmation within 10 business days after your payment and completed registration form are received.

Note: An incomplete registration form will not secure you space in a class.

Registration for all courses closes at 5 p.m. Eastern Time two business days before the class start date.

You may substitute classes for yourself or one of your employees without penalty. All substitution information must be submitted to 48 hours before the course start date. No changes will be permitted after that time. WashU at Brookings reserves the right to accept or reject an alternate attendee for offerings that require a minimum level of management experience.


  • Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit card
  • Government purchase card (International Merchant Purchase Authorization Card)
  • Approved government purchase order (Sample)
  • Money order
  • Wire transfer

Tuition and course dates are subject to change without notice.


Online registration allows you to streamline the registration process. You can register yourself or others quickly and easily and make payments, update your profile, and verify enrollment. You can create an online profile here:

Once you are logged in, click on “Browse Courses” beneath the “My Course” section. When you find a course you are interested in, click the course’s title to view information about the course. If it is possible to register for a course, the “register” button will be listed on the right side of this page.

If your payment method is an approved government purchase order, you may upload it right on the registration screen. Review Learn to create a registration for more information.


Penalties apply for classes cancelled within a specific time period prior to the course dates (outlined in the charts below). If you miss any class day or portion of a program because of weather, illness or other circumstances, WashU at Brookings is unable to reimburse you for any part of the course tuition or offer complementary participation in any subsequent iteration. The policy also applies to fellowship programs.


Business days before programSubstitutions*Transfer FeeCancellation Fee
30 days or moreYes* NoneNone
15 to 29 daysYes*25% of original cost50% of original cost
2-14 daysYes*50% of original cost100% of original cost
1 day Not permittedN/A100% of original cost
* Provided the substitute meets the stipulated GS or SES level.


Business Days Before ProgramSubstitutions*Cancellation Fee
 14 days or lessNo50% of original cost
* Provided the substitute meets the stipulated GS or SES level.

All requests for cancellations, substitutions or transfers must be made in writing. You may e-mail


Participant substitutions are allowed without penalty for non-cohort programs up until two (2) business days prior to the program start date and are strongly encouraged in circumstances in which an original participant is unable to attend his or her scheduled program. However, WashU at Brookings reserves the right to accept or reject a substitute for programs requiring minimum management levels.


A participant may elect to transfer out of a program and into another once, and only once. However, as shown above, if notification of a transfer is received after indicated deadlines, fees will be incurred and the participant will be billed accordingly. A transferee will have a period of 12 months from the date of his or her transfer request to attend a subsequent program, after which time tuition credits will be forfeited.

A transferee will be required to pay any tuition fee increases that occur in the time between the program he or she was originally scheduled to attend, and the program into which he or she transfers. In addition, a transferee must pay the full price for his or her substitute program, even if a discount was applied to the initial registration. Payment of any difference is expected at the time a transfer request is submitted for registration.


Cancellations submitted after deadlines will be subject to the fees specified above and participants will be billed in accordance with these policies. Additional charges may be assessed in cases where educational materials were mailed out prior to receiving a cancellation notice. Participants who do not notify us of a cancellation and who fail to arrive for the program in which they are registered will forfeit the full program fee.


If you miss any class day or portion of a program because of weather, illness or other circumstances, WashU at Brookings is unable to reimburse you for any part of the program tuition or offer complimentary participation in any subsequent iteration. If you fail to attend some or all of your program, you will not be entitled to a certificate of completion. This policy also applies to cohort programs.


If WashU at Brookings cancels a course for any reason, you are responsible for any travel costs you have incurred. In the event of a class cancellation, every effort will be made to notify you immediately and to find an appropriate course you can transfer into. You will not be charged transfer fees described in the cancellation policy section.


Unless indicated otherwise, all courses will be held at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., or at a nearby facility. Classes generally run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Exact times and locations will be included in the final agendas you receive two weeks prior to the class start date.

Please note: Until further notice, proof of full vaccination is required to attend in-person open enrollment courses held on the WashU at Brookings campus in Washington, DC. One to two weeks prior to your course, you will receive further instructions on how to provide this documentation. Full vaccination is defined as at least one Johnson & Johnson shot or two shots of Moderna/Pfizer.


WashU at Brookings follows the federal government’s policies on inclement-weather closings. If the federal government closes because of bad weather, WashU at Brookings closes too. All scheduled events will be cancelled, and you will not be allowed in the building. If the federal government calls for a delayed opening or offers liberal leave, WashU at Brookings will open on time, and courses will proceed as scheduled.


You will receive program materials  including an agenda with session times and meeting sites — two weeks prior to the program start date. If a program requires prereadings, surveys or information requests for security clearances, these materials also will be supplied. In addition, WashU at Brookings is happy to provide you with a list of recommended hotels.


WashU at Brookings and its partner institutions — the Brookings Institution and Washington University in St. Louis — value your private information. They will not share personal data with third parties, except when required. By providing your information, you agree to allow WashU at Brookings to communicate with you unless otherwise indicated in writing. You may opt out of these communications at any time.


WashU at Brookings reserves the right to use photos taken during its events and activities for promotional purposes. Photographs occasionally are taken during classes, but if you do not want to be photographed, you can inform the staff.

Meet the Team

Ian Dubin — Associate Dean and Managing Director

Lamar Pierce

Lamar Pierce, Ph.D. — Associate Dean, Olin-Brookings Partnership

Erika Caudell — Program Director

Maria Barra — Program Manager

James Liska, Program Manager

James Liska — Program Manager

McKenna Kestler — Program Assistant

BEE - General David Huntoon Headshot

David Huntoon — Director, Military Programs

BEE-Emily Skidmore

Emily Skidmore — Manager, Finance and Operations

Holly Holland — Manager, Customer Relations

BEE-Katie Hood

Katie Sconce — Registrar

About the Program


Robert S. Brookings — founder of the Brookings Institution and longtime benefactor of Washington University in St. Louis — advanced public service as a force for good, a vehicle for positive change and an instrument for solving problems.

In 1916, the businessman and philanthropist helped establish the first private organization dedicated to the fact-based study of national public policy. One of his goals was to educate a select corps of public leaders for the tough work of government.


A century later, WashU at Brookings carries his vision forward.

In 2009, the Brookings Institution partnered with Washington University to create Brookings Executive Education (now WashU at Brookings). WashU at Brookings develops leaders who think globally; act with integrity; uphold core values; and strengthen government, business and society.


Experts consider the Brookings Institution the premier think tank in the country, if not the world. Based in Washington, D.C., the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization conducts independent research on a broad range of economic, social and security issues. Brookings scholars are internationally recognized for their subject-matter expertise.


Founded in 1853, Washington University has a longstanding reputation for excellence in teaching and research. U.S. News & World Report ranks Washington University No. 18 nationwide and the 10th best university for U.S. military veterans. The university offers more than 300 academic programs and attracts students from more than 100 countries. Its faculty has received numerous honors, including 24 Nobel Prizes.


Known for its top-ranked BSBA and EMBA degree programs, Washington University’s Olin Business School celebrated its centennial in 2017. Olin faculty teach WashU at Brookings courses. These classes combine an in-depth understanding of government and public policy with a command of leadership, management and strategy. In recent years, Olin has expanded its global reach through collaborative programs with universities in China, Germany, India, Israel, South Korea and Spain

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