EMPL students begin the program in August, fulfilling the requirements for their degree over the course of 16-months. During the program, students participate in ten hybrid courses each composed of a five-day, in-person experience integrated with interactive online learning over a two week period.

  • Type of Degree

    Master’s Degree

  • Format

    Hybrid

  • Length

    16 Months

  • Department

    Executive Education

About the EMPL Degree

The EMPL is an interdisciplinary degree program that interweaves economics and political science with public policy and administration. Central to each course is an alignment with the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) emphasizing strategic leadership, performance results, and coalition building.

Developed for Working Professionals
For 16 months, students participate in ten hybrid courses each composed of a five-day, in-person experience integrated with interactive online learning over a two week period.

A High-Performing, Lifelong Network
Students participate in a diverse, team-based cohort, guided by faculty experts. Together, they build a lifelong network of learners.

At the Very Center of the Policy World
McCourt’s location in Washington, D.C., places EMPL at the center of the policy world, giving students access to leading practitioners and exposure to government agencies, international bodies, and nongovernmental organizations.

Executive Education: The Best Option for Working Professionals
We strive to enroll a diverse cohort and encourage applications from high-achieving professionals with demonstrated leadership and management experience. A minimum of seven years of professional experience is preferred. No GRE or GMAT are required.

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Course Sequence

Typical course sequence for EMPL students:

 

Year One: Fall Semester

  • MPPL 710 – Public Policy Process for Executives
  • MPPL 750 – Communication for Executives
  • MPPL 720 – Economic Analysis for Executives

Year One: Spring Semester

  • MPPL 745 – Negotiation and Conflict Management
  • MPPL 730 – Public Budgeting & Financial Management
  • MPPL 725 – Policy & Program Evaluation

Year One: Summer Semester

Year Two: Fall Semester

  • MPPL 735 – Ethical Issues in the 21st Century
  • MPPL 780 – Policy on the Hill/Policy Project
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Capstone Project

Students extend their knowledge gained in the classroom to an applied capstone project that integrates analytic, management, and advocacy considerations to address a specific public policy or leadership problem.

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Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) Alignment

  • MPPL 710:Leading Change, Results Driven, Building Coalitions
  • MPPL 750:Leading Change, Leading People, Building Coalitions
  • MPPL 720:Leading Change, Results Driven, Business Acumen
  • MPPL 745:Leading Change, Leading People, Building Coalitions
  • MPPL 730:Leading Change, Results Driven, Business Acumen
  • MPPL 725:Leading Change, Results Driven, Business Acumen
  • MPPL 715:Leading People, Leading Change, Results Driven, Business Acumen, Building Coalitions
  • MPPL 740:Leading Change, Results Driven, Business Acumen
  • MPPL 735:Leading People, Leading Change, Building Coalitions
  • MPPL 780:Leading Change, Leading People, Results Driven, Business Acumen, Building Coalitions
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