Excellence in Executive Education

WashU at Brookings

Grow professionally with best-in-class learning from two premier institutions

St. Louis business leader Robert S. Brookings founded the DC-based think tank and led Washington University’s governing board for decades. Robert Brookings’s legacy of excellence and his desire to impact the future are firmly imprinted on both institutions.

Today, Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) and the Brookings Institution collaborate in many ways, including providing best-in-class executive education for business and government audiences through WashU Olin Business School and WashU at Brookings.

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Certificates and Fellowships

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

Certificate holders qualify for 25% off all future executive education courses from WashU at Brookings and our partner WashU Olin Business School providing you with a commitment to lifelong learning for continuous improvement. Discounted seats are limited, subject to availability, and available only to verified certificate holders. To receive your discount, e-mail the course you would like to take to [email protected].

Quick Registration Guide

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

Registration closes at midnight (12 AM ET) three (3) business days before the class start date. We reserve the right to limit the number of participants to ensure optimum classroom engagement, to change course dates and instructors and to cancel a course due to low enrollment.

Executive Education Registration Portal Guide


  • Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit card
  • Government purchase card (International Merchant Purchase Authorization Card)
  • Approved government purchase order
    • See the most important fields for our use in this sample SF-182
    • If you plan to pay via government credit card, WashU at Brookings does not need a copy of your purchase order.
    • Please include one of the following unique identifiers for billing purposes:
      • DUNS: 068552207
      • Unique Entity Identifier: L6NFUM28LQM5
      • Tax-ID/EIN: 43-0653611
      • CAGE Code: 2B003
  • Wire transfer or ACH

You are not fully registered until payment is received or your purchase order is approved by Olin Executive Education | WashU at Brookings.

  • Credit card payments must be made through our secure online payment portal. If your agency does not permit payment through our portal, contact [email protected] for support. Please do not transmit credit card information via email.
  • Select “Other Payment Options” to upload a purchase order.
    • You are not fully registered until payment is received or your purchase order is approved by Olin Executive Education | WashU at Brookings.  Purchase orders are reviewed within two business days of submission.
    • If you plan to pay via government credit card, WashU at Brookings does not need a copy of your purchase order.
    • See the most important fields for our use in this sample SF-182
    • Please include one of the following unique identifiers for billing purposes
      • DUNS: 068552207
      • Unique Entity Identifier: L6NFUM28LQM5
      • Tax-ID/EIN: 43-0653611
      • CAGE Code: 2B003
    • Purchase orders are reviewed within two business days of submission.
  • An automated message will confirm when your registration is final.

Please see individual course webpages for the most current information regarding fees and schedules.

Registration Policies


You can transfer from a course or substitute another participant without penalty with appropriate notice. The chart below outlines fees for cancellations or changes made with less than 30 days notice.

Substitution requests must include the new participant’s information and be submitted at least two business days before a program.

If you are unable to attend a course, please notify the registrar. In limited circumstances, transfer fees may be waived. If you choose to cancel outright, tuition will be forfeited.


Business days before program Substitutions Transfer Fee Cancellation Fee
15 to 29 days Yes, if appropriate None 25% of original cost
3-14 days Yes, if appropriate 15% of original cost 50% of original cost
2 days  Not permitted Not permitted 100% of original cost


Business Days Before Program Substitutions* Cancellation Fee
 14 days or less Not permitted 50% 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 to [email protected].


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 course. However, we reserve 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 is responsible for any tuition difference between the program they originally registered for and the program they transfer to. Registration for the new course is not final until the the tuition difference has been paid. Tuition credits can be used within 12 months of a transfer request. After this time, tuition credits will be forfeited.


Cancelations submitted after deadlines will be subject to the fees specified above and participants will be billed in accordance with these policies. Participants who do not notify us of a cancellation and fail to attend their course forfeit the full tuition.


If you miss any portion of a course, WashU at Brookings cannot refund your tuition or offer complementary participation in a future iteration of the course. The policy also applies to cohort programs. Exceptions may be made in limited circumstances at the discretion of WashU at Brookings.


Participants in cohort programs are required to adhere to the standards set forth at the time of admission. No program substitutions or transfers will be granted for these cohort programs. If you miss any portion of a program because of weather, illness or other circumstance, we are unable to reimburse you for any part of the program tuition or offer complimentary participation in any subsequent iteration, or open-enrollment course. If you fail to attend some or all of your program, you will not be entitled to a certificate of completion.


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.


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.


All program communication and materials are managed through learn.WashU, Olin’s digital education platform which serves as a repository for materials.


Washington University and the Brookings Institution value your private information and will not share personal data with third parties, except where required. By providing your information, you agree to allow future communication from these entities unless otherwise indicated in writing. You may opt out of these communications at any time.


We reserve the right to use photos taken during courses and/or programs for promotional purposes. Although photographs are only occasionally taken during these events, participants who do not wish to be photographed can inform staff prior to attendance.


Meet the Team

Education Philosophy

“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.”

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.

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 business leader 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 in St. Louis 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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