Effective Leadership for Today

Today’s policy challenges require skills in applying economics and program evaluation, knowledge of the institutions and processes through which policy is set and implemented, and skills in leading and communicating to navigate the complex interactions in internal and external organizational environments. 

Streamlined, Practical Curriculum

The degree builds skills with special attention to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) for the Senior Executive Service (SES), as identified by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

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How To Apply

Applicants must have at least seven years of work experience, a 3.0 undergraduate GPA, and two recommendations demonstrating leadership, management, and critical thinking skills.

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Degree Format

Designed with working professionals in mind, the degree consists of ten in-person, intensive, week-long courses (30 credits) over a 16-month period. Students will also complete some online work, assignments, and reading in between each course.

Cohort Model

The Executive Master of Policy Leadership is offered to students who want to develop their executive competence along with a cohort of current and future leaders.

The McCourt Community

The ​McCourt School ​is a ​vibrant​, ​engaged​, and diverse​ community of ​students, scholars​,​ and practitioners​ devoted to solving society's most pressing challenges through evidence-based policy.

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Targeting High-Potential Employees

The Executive Master of Policy Leadership meets the needs of currently employed, high-achieving professionals from the public and non-profit sectors. Students typically have or are ready to take on senior management and executive-level responsibilities within their organizations.

  • PMF
    Strong Showing By McCourt in 2017 PMF Program

    The McCourt School of Public Policy is pleased to announce that five of its students, four of them current and one recent alum, have been chosen as finalists for the prestigious and highly-selective Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program.

  • Paasha Mahdavi, an assistant professor at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy
    China Makes Progress, U.S., Other Countries Fail to Discourage Fossil Fuels

    The average tax on gasoline throughout the world is declining, meaning that governments are collectively failing to discourage fossil fuel consumption, according to a new study by Georgetown and UCLA professors.

  • Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew (L‘83) says complacency is the biggest danger in the stability of the economy going forward.
    Treasury Secretary: Complacency Biggest Risk for Future Economic Security

    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew (L‘83) says complacency is the biggest danger in the stability of the economy going forward at a McCourt School of Public Policy’s talk on the legacy of the Obama administration.

  • Scholars
    Meet our 2016 Scholars

    The McCourt School welcomes five distinguished future policymakers who received full scholarships for their distinct backgrounds.