Maymester: Financial Policy in Washington, DC

Spend four weeks in the world’s most powerful city to get an inside view of the political and economic underpinnings of global financial markets. Washington DC is home to the most influential policy makers, regulators, and industry organizations that shape the financial rules governing the world economy. This experiential program drops students into the seat of government to combine classroom instruction with direct interactions with government officials and industry leaders. The result is a front row seat to understanding how and why markets operate the way they do, and how they evolve over time through political pressures, crises, and unexpected innovations.

The program is complemented with a series of organized cultural excursions in one of the most remarkable and visited cities in the world. Washington DC is home to world class museums, landmarks, food, outdoor activities, and entertainment.

Sponsored by McCombs School of Business


  • Fin 377 – Financial Market Policy

Academic information
Students receive 3 hours academic credit for one course

The course is taught by McCombs finance department faculty member Dr. Scott Bauguess. He is the director for the program of financial market regulation in the Salem Center for Policy and developed this customized curriculum based on more than a decade of experience in Washington DC, supervising economic policy and market risk assessment at the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Language(s) of Instruction


  • Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance
  • Open to McCombs BBA students with 60 accepted credit hours (junior standing)
  • FIN357 or at least 6 total hours of coursework in Finance and/or Economics
  • Must have a minimum 2.8 GPA
  • Non business students with equivalent qualifications may apply

Service Learning/Internship

  • Service Learning – No
  • Internship – No

Students will be housed with other UT students in apartments or dorms

Open to
Students from all colleges and schools meeting minimum requirements

Maymester estimated costs

  • Program Fee: Nonrefundable deposit due at acceptance: $250
  • Food: $500 – estimated at $20/day. Kitchens available in student apartments
  • Airfare: $400
  • Local transportation: $220
  • Personal: $300

Total: $5,335

Health Insurance

No additional insurance is needed for domestic programs. Please be aware that UT McCombs nor the Salem Center will be held liable for any injuries or illnesses that occur during the program and it is recommended that all students attending have health insurance coverage.

Maymester Dates

  • May 24, 2022 to June 18, 2022
  • Instructional, May 26, 2022 to Jun 17, 2022
  • Application Submission Deadline to Guarantee Acceptance, Feb 15, 2022

Application link

Next steps

Please join us for an information session in the Salem Center office (GSB 3.124) on February 1st at 4-5pm.

For more information contact and reference “Maymester” in the subject line.

We will be reviewing and accepting applications on a rolling basis as we receive them. If you submit by February 15th, you will have guaranteed consideration. Applications submitted after February 15th will be considered on a waitlisted basis