Executive Master of Policy Leadership

Do you seek to broaden your perspective and increase your impact? Challenge and change the world? Lead and mentor others? The McCourt School is the place for you. Our Executive Master in Policy Leadership degree equips students with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively lead in today’s complex, dynamic policy environment.

Deepen your Impact

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Deepen your Impact

The EMPL prepares emerging leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors to challenge themselves, to develop and strengthen critical skills, and to lead in the 21st century.

A Testimonial

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I wanted to be surrounded by people with whom I had things in common and who like me, possess ambitious career goals and aspirations and who have already achieved a lot professionally. I come away from every class feeling I’ve learned – not just from the class and the professor, but from my classmates whose collective experience is expansive and cosmopolitan.

U.S. News & World Report Rankings

3rd
Ranked
in International Global Policy & Administration
11th
Ranked
in Public Policy Analysis
25th
Ranked
in Best Public Affairs Schools

Program Highlights

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Program Highlights

Developed for the working professional, the EMPL engages students over 16 months in ten five day, in-person courses supplemented with online learning in the two weeks preceding the in-person residency. Students build a high-performing, lifelong network while working in a diverse, team-based cohort.

The McCourt Community

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The McCourt Community

The McCourt School of Public Policy is a diverse community of problem solvers, committed to moving bold ideas to action.

Message from the Director

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Message from the Director

Central to the program is an alignment with the core leadership skills of today — leading change, leading people, driving mission and business success, managing performance, and building partnerships and coalitions.

Meet our Students

The academic rigor, the specificity of cohort selectees, and curriculum. These metrics are undoubtedly filled by Georgetown’s McCourt School & have served to provide me with the ideal executive graduate experience.

Georgetown’s highly experienced professors are active practitioners in their fields. The content of the program is precisely what I was looking for to advance my career.

The program format is fantastic for a working professional. Having the classes spaced out allows one to focus on just one class at a time, which makes work and personal time more manageable.

McCourt School News

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Gordon Berlin, the former President of MDRC, and a leading innovator in the field of public problem solving, will join the McCourt School on January 1, 2020, as a research…

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Sergeant Howard Singer (MPM’17), the communications advisor to the First Deputy Police Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, is leading a new initiative to establish and expand educational…

Information Sessions

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Get to Know Us

Join us online to learn more about our Executive Master in Policy Leadership (EMPL) & Executive Certificate in Policy Leadership (ECPL) program.

How To Apply

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How To Apply

Graduate school is a significant investment of your time and resources. Learn more about how to apply to the McCourt School.