Executive Certificate in Policy Leadership
Develop and hone the skills to effectively lead in today’s complex, dynamic policy environment. ECPL students fulfill the five course requirements for their program over the course of 12-months.
Type of Degree
Fall Entry: March 15 (International Applicants) | April 15 (Domestic Applicants)
Preparing Professionals to Advance Their Career
The Executive Certificate in Policy Leadership (ECPL) is an interdisciplinary program designed for executives and high-performing mid-career level professionals who require education at the strategic level in policy and policy-making, along with leadership skills.
Students participate in a diverse, team-based cohort, guided by faculty experts. Together, they build a lifelong network of learners.
Developed for Working Professionals
Students participate in five hybrid courses each composed of a five-day, in-person residency experience integrated with interactive online learning over a two week period.
A minimum of seven years of professional experience is preferred. And, no GRE or GMAT are required.
The ECPL is an interdisciplinary program that interweaves economics and political science with public policy, administration, and leadership. Central to each course is a focus on two or more 21st century leadership characteristics: leading change, leading people, managing performance, driving mission and business success, and building coalitions and partnerships.
A tentative course schedule is as follows:
Fall Semester (6 credits)
Spring Semester (6 credits)
Summer Semester (3 credits)
- MPPL 740 – Executive Decision Making
In-Person Course Dates
- Course 1: August 10-15*
- Course 2: September 21-25
*previously August 1-7
- Course 3: January 11-15
- Course 4: March 8-12
- Course 8: July 26-July 30
Potential to Complete the Executive Master Program
Students who complete the Certificate successfully may apply to the full Executive Master in Policy Leadership (EMPL) and if admitted, transfer the credits they have taken in the Certificate program toward the full EMPL master’s degree.
Completed Online Application
All McCourt School programs require an online application to be completed through the Georgetown Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Degree & GPA Requirement
Students must have a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 minimum GPA to apply to the certificate program.
Two letters of Recommendation are required for admission.
A personal statement (maximum length of 500 words) explaining why the applicant wants to pursue the certificate and how obtaining this certificate would contribute to the attainment of the applicant’s professional goals.
Resume or Curriculum Vitae
Applicants must upload a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) illustrating work experience.
Applicants are required to upload to the application system copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Visit our How to Apply page for additional details and FAQs.
TOEFL or IELTS scores: Only for students who did not receive their undergraduate or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the language of instruction for the entire institution.
Students pay graduate tuition for Arts and Sciences (GRD).
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