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Public and Governmental Affairs

Business leaders face an increasingly complicated and fluid legal and regulatory environment—one characterized by frequent interactions between business and governments. The ability to manage business-government relations issues is a becoming core leadership skill. The MBA concentration in Public & Governmental Affairs is intended for students interested in either public and governmental affairs positions within business firms or the impact of law and regulation on strategy. The coursework within this concentration will provide students with the tools and knowledge they need to effectively manage the regulatory, political and legal environment of business.

Curriculum Requirements

Required course:
  • BGS 382 - Corporate Political Strategy
A minimum of two courses from the following:
  • BGS 380C - Strategic Corporate Communication
  • BGS 381 - Law, Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility 
  • BGS 380D - Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility
  • BGS 380E - Global Political Economy
  • BGS 385 - Business Government & Public Policy or
    BGS 385W - Business Government & Public Policy (Washington Campus)
If a fourth course is needed to complete the concentration, choose from the following:
  • MAN 385 - Crisis Management
  • MAN 383 - Advocacy
  • ADV 385 - Media Management
    • LEB 380.14 - Intellectual Property
    • LEB 380.17 - Legal & Ethical Environment of Accounting 
    • LEB 380.3 - Law of Real Estate Finance
    • LEB 380.4 - Law for Finance
    • LEB 380.26 - Law for Entrepreneurs
    • LEB 380.31 - Energy Law
    • MKT 382 - Corporate Governance
    • P A 383C - Politics and Process
    • P A 383K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Total credit hours: 12
Faculty Contact: David Spence

Experiential Opportunities

Hands-on experiences complement, extend and continually refine classroom curriculum. Texas MBAs have wide and varied opportunities to experience hands-on learning, some of which are listed below:

Student Organizations

Student organizations open the doors to relationships, leadership development, professional growth, increased understanding and just plain fun. Below are some student organizations you may wish to consider as you look to tailor your Texas MBA experience:

Possible Career Paths

  • Community Relations Manager
  • Corporate Governance Analyst
  • Public Strategy Consultant
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Regulatory Affairs Manager

For more information on career opportunities, visit our Career Management web page.