2020 START COHORT APPLICATION DEADLINES: 
March 15 (International Applicants), May 1 (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., 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

  • Peter Marra
    Leading Smithsonian Scientist to Direct Georgetown Environment Initiative

    Peter Marra, a leading environment and conservation expert, has been named director of the Georgetown Environment Initiative, the Laudato Si’ Chair in Biology and the Environment and professor in the McCourt School of Public Policy.

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    Latin American Policy Students to Tackle Corruption at Omnia Conference

    The Latin American Policy Association (LAPA) at McCourt seeks to disseminate knowledge and awareness about Latin American issues and policies among the Georgetown community, in addition to advancing the interests of Latin American students in the McCourt School and in the larger D.C. community.

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    Seven McCourters Tackle Migration in Policy Simulation

    The McCourt School was proud to serve as a host site for the 2019 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition. This year’s competition—a partnership between the University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)—was called Host Nations: A Refugee Simulation.

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    Students Address Community Health, Food Insecurity, and Other Issues Affecting Low-Income Washingtonians

    This spring, the 5th annual Georgetown Public Policy Challenge tasked graduate students with developing innovative policy solutions to address local or regional issues in the Washington, D.C. area. Graduate students from across disciplines on the Hilltop came together to present ideas for fixing local policy problems. Each team made a 10-minute presentation to to a panel of judges in the preliminary round, and five teams advanced to the finals, which took place on Friday, March 22nd.