The EMPL Experience

Developed for the working professional and located at the very center of the policy world. 

An Interdisciplinary Curriculum

Political science and economics interwoven with public policy and administration, with an emphasis on strategic leadership, performance results, and coalition building.

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 The need for executive education and skills for a new generation of rising senior leaders has perhaps never been more pressing.  

- Gerry Gingrich, Ph.D., Faculty Director, Executive Master in Policy Leadership

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How To Apply

Applicants must have a minimum of seven years of professional experience and be able to demonstrate leadership, management, and critical thinking skills. Applicants are not required to submit GRE scores. 

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Degree Format

Over the course of 16 months, students participate in ten courses each composed of a five-day, in-person experience integrated with two weeks of interactive online learning (30 credits in total).

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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

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

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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

  • McCourt School Unveils​  Bipartisan Index
    McCourt School Unveils​ Bipartisan Index

    The Lugar Center, led by former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University today jointly released their new Bipartisan Index rankings of all members of Congress, completing the picture of the 114th Congress (2015-2016). The non-partisan tool indicates the degree to which Senators and Representatives work across party lines.

  • Georgetown & RDC Leadership
    McCourt Opens Washington’s First Census Research Data Center

    Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy yesterday opened the first Research Data Center (RDC) in Washington, a joint project of the U.S. Census Bureau and the school’s Massive Data Institute.

  • Getting men back to work: Solutions from the right and left
    Getting Men Back to Work

    A myriad of causes are keeping more than seven million prime-age men out of work, raising wonder among economists and policy analysts about how to get them back into the workforce.

  • This year's summit is co-hosted with McCourt E&E, a group of Georgetown McCourt School of Public Policy graduate students focuse
    Sustainable Oceans Summit Hopes to Make Oceans 'Famous'

    This year's summit is co-hosted with McCourt E&E, a group of Georgetown McCourt School of Public Policy graduate students focused on energy, environmental and climate change policy solutions headed by founder Will Hackman (G’18).