2019 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

  • Alex
    Whittington Scholar Passionate About Environmental Justice

    The Whittington Scholarship is a prestigious award given to a second-year McCourt student who excels academically and displays a strong commitment to serving their community. This year, our deserving winner is Alex Brillman (MPP ‘20).

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    New Report: Three Educational Pathways to Good Jobs

    In 1991, most good jobs did not require a BA. Today, there are three distinct pathways to good jobs: high school, middle skills, and bachelor’s degree, says new research from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW) in partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co.

  • Dr. Rosen
    Eva Rosen Recognized As Outstanding Early Career Scholar by APPAM

    McCourt School Assistant Professor Eva Rosen has been recognized as one of the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management’s (APPAM) 40 for 40 Fellowship.

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    FutureEd Hosts Building a 21st Century School System

    If you’ve heard that U.S. students lag behind their peers in other countries, it’s because Andreas Schleicher created the test that assesses performance for 15-year-old students across the globe. On Sept. 18, the McCourt School’s FutureEd hosted Schleicher and a panel of American education leaders to consider the lessons he’s learned internationally.