ASU Sync classes for Fall 2020

Classes for on-campus students will be taught across three environments for the fall semester: in person, via Zoom, and 100% online.
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Business and government specialization

With the W. P. Carey Full-time MBA specialization in business and government, you’ll combine your existing business knowledge with courses related to public policy.

The business and government specialization requires nine credit hours to complete. Build expertise aligned with your career interests — develop an understanding of public administration, behavior and management of people within public organizations, and the ethics of business within government. Unlock your leadership potential, and graduate ready to make a difference.

Required courses

You must complete two required courses and one approved elective in order to complete the W. P. Carey Full-time MBA specialization in business and government.

Study the managerial perspective involved in the relationship between businesses and their political environments. Recognize how changes in public policy can affect current operations and future opportunities. Research how managers can anticipate how public policy will change in various institutional environments.

Learn macroeconomic analysis of issues related to economic growth, inflation, interest rates behavior, unemployment, exchange rate determination, and global competitiveness.


Gain insight into the development and context of American public administration and policy. Learn the role of administration in governance and values and ethics in administration.

Examine foreign exchange markets, investments alternatives in international capital markets, and management of foreign excUnderstand institutional and formal analysis of policy processes, decision-making, and problem-solving; values, ethics, and the uses of policy analysis.

Study legal, social, economic, political, institutional, and ethical foundations of governmental finance, budgets, and budgeting.

Analyze personnel systems, behavior, and management of people in public organizations, collective behavior, unionism, conflict management, motivation, productivity, and ethics.

Understand administrative practices and behavior within the urban political-administrative environment. Functional areas such as citizen participation, urban planning, urban transportation, and the conflicts between urban politics and administrative efficiency.

Dive into sustainability topics and learn how sustainability is a strategic concern for managers in all types of organizations: private, public, and nonprofit. Become a forward-thinking manager by redefining strategies to balance economic development, environmental quality, and social justice needs. Use practical cases, and a real-time project with a local client, to explore these connections through multiple lenses.

Cover topics including creating organizational change, involving stakeholders, transformational vs. incremental sustainability, sustainability market strategies, strategic alliances, enhancing the organization value from sustainability initiatives, and assessing organization sustainability.

Career paths

  • Management & Program Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Associate Director
  • Consumer Internship
  • Legislative and Public Policy Fellowship

Notable employers

  • U.S. Department of Education
  • Fannie Mae
  • Arizona State University
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Office of U.S. Senator of Arizona