Effective Leadership for Today

Today’s policy challenges require skills in applying economics and program evaluation, knowledge of the institutions and processes through which policy is set and implemented, and skills in leading and communicating to navigate the complex interactions in internal and external organizational environments. 

Admissions Open for Fall 2017 Cohort

Streamlined, Practical Curriculum

The degree builds skills with special attention to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) for the Senior Executive Service (SES), as identified by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

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How To Apply

Applicants must have at least seven years of work experience, a 3.0 undergraduate GPA, and two recommendations demonstrating leadership, management, and critical thinking skills.

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Degree Format

The degree consists of ten in-person, intensive, week-long courses (30 credits) over a 16-month period. Students will also complete some online work, assignments, and reading in between each course.

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Information Sessions

Join us online or in-person throughout the year for a comprehensive overview of our EMPL program and answers to your questions. Sessions will also discuss the admissions process and requirements. 

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Tuition and Financial Assistance

Students pay graduate tuition for Arts and Sciences (GRD). Two types of financial assistance are available for EMPL students: merit-based assistance and need-based assistance. 

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Why Choose McCourt?

Our location in Washington, D.C., puts our students at the center of the policy world, allowing us to tap leading policy practitioners as both teachers and speakers.

About the McCourt Advantage

  • Students’ Celebration Marks Final Weeks Until Graduation

    With exactly 100 days remaining until the 2017 McCourt Commencement Ceremony, the Georgetown Public Policy Student Association (GPPSA) hosted an event celebrating the final stretch of the last semester for graduating policy students.

  • General David Perkins Discusses Leadership at McCourt

    The Joint Chiefs of Staff Fellows at the McCourt School of Public Policy welcomed attendees to their leadership seminar "Leadership For The Future" with General David Perkins, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

  • Students Connect With Leading Policy Advocate Over Dinner
    Students Connect With Leading Policy Advocate Over Dinner

    The McCourt School resumed its Policy Dinner series with its first of the year featuring Tamera Luzzatto, Senior Vice President of Government Relations at The Pew Charitable Trusts.

  • Job Training Program Wins Annual Public Policy Challenge
    Job Training Program Wins Annual Public Policy Challenge

    A proposal by four McCourt students to pilot a skills-based job training program at public libraries in the District of Columbia was selected by a faculty panel as the winner of the third annual Public Policy Challenge.