2018 START COHORT APPLICATION DEADLINES: 
March 15 (International Applicants) | May 15 (Domestic Applicants) 

 The EMPL is an extraordinary opportunity for emerging leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors to challenge themselves, to develop and strengthen critical skills, and to prepare for today’s complex and dynamic world of public policy.  

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

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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

  • Racial equity
    McCourt’s Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership Awards Racial Equity Grants

    Three nonprofits were presented with monetary awards from the McCourt School of Public Policy’s Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership (CPNL) on April 17 during an event on “Advancing Racial Equity: Practical Steps for Philanthropists and Nonprofits.”

  • zezhou
    Zezhou Cai Named Exceptional Masters Student at Graduate Student Awards

    On April 6, 2018 the Office of Graduate Enrichment, Graduate Student Government, McCourt School of Public Policy, and the McDonough School of Business hosted the third annual Graduate Student Awards Ceremony in the Healey Family Student Center.

  • Costa Rica
    McCourters Design Smart Policies in Costa Rica

    Last month, McCourt students Jessica Bohache (MPP’18), Sarah Bunker (MPP’19), Weiting Li (MPP’19) and Patricia Perez De Los Rios (MPP’19) participated in global residency program in Costa Rica, to learn about the Costa Rican development model and policy challenges facing the country.

  • LEAD
    New McCourt School Poll Explores Americans’ Lost Faith in Institutions

    A new initiative aimed at building solutions for declining trust in institutions, greater political polarization and weakening support for democratic principles was announced this week at the McCourt School of Public Policy’s annual LEAD conference.