March 15 (International Applicants), May 1 (Domestic Applicants)

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EMPL students begin the program in August, fulfilling the requirements for their degree over the course of 16-months. A tentative course schedule is as follows:

Fall Semester (9 Credits)

This course examines the institutions that play major roles in the federal public policy process, including the presidency, the bureaucracy, the Congress, and the courts. Key stages of the policy-making process are analyzed, including agenda-setting, policy formulation, debate and deliberation, and implementation. Particular attention is paid to the external environment, including the political context that executives must operate in, outside factors (interest groups, the media), the motivations of key institutional players, and the aspects of the process where executives can effect change.
ECQ Alignment: Leading Change, Results Driven, Building Coalitions

Healy ClassFaculty: Dr. Nuku Ofori

Dr. Nuku Ofori is an independent consultant and adjunct faculty member at the McCourt School of Public Policy. Ofori most recently served as a senior advisor in the Obama Administration to Secretary Hillary Clinton and John Kerry respectively. As an expert specializing in sociology and public policy, Ofori led a broad range of policy and legislative initiatives pertaining to foreign affairs, international security, international trade, and immigration. Notably, Ofori was as an integral member of the crisis management teams that served as a conduit between U.S. embassies, Congress, and foreign governments for the Yemen Crisis of 2015, the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, and the Boston Marathon Bombing of 2013. Prior to accepting his political appointment, Ofori served as Legislative Director and Counsel to former appropriator Congressman Chaka Fattah. In addition, Ofori authored and ghost-authored articles on a variety of topics, including an article about fundamental tax reform published in the Harvard Journal on Legislation. Dr. Ofori holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Political Science from Baylor University, a Juris Doctorate from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, certifications from the United States Naval War College in National Security Decision Making and Joint Maritime Operations, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from American University.
This course examines the communication needs, styles, and challenges of today’s leaders. It focuses on the value and effectiveness of executive communication within a strategic organizational context as well as across boundaries in the global environment. It explores techniques used by national leaders and C-suite executives to enhance your ability to influence and persuade. The course also offers the opportunity to speak in a learning environment and to receive personalized feedback and coaching. It will sharpen your ability to build credibility and trust with your audience members, and to "gain their ears" such that they will remember what you have said. Building on lessons from psychology, communication, organizational behavior, politics, and cognitive science, this course distills the most important skills and qualities of effective communication in a rapidly changing global landscape.
ECQ Alignment: Leading Change, Leading People, Building Coalitions

Stan CollenderFaculty: Stan Collender

Stan Collender is a widely recognized expert on the US federal budget, federal spending and revenues, the national debt, and the Congressional budget process. He speaks to more than 100 corporate and association groups each year on all aspects of the federal budget and Washington’s response to economic and financial challenges. Stan is quoted regularly in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Forbes, and the Washington Post. During the 2011 debt ceiling debate in Washington, Stan appeared more than 200 times on the broadcast networks and on National Public Radio. He is one of only a handful of people who have worked for both the House and Senate Budget Committees. Stan writes thebudgetguy.blog.

Stan was also the Director of federal budget policy for two leading international accounting firms –- Price Waterhouse and Touche Ross – and president of the Budget Research Group, a private Washington-based consulting organization. He is the recipient of the Howard Award for lifetime achievement in federal budgeting from the American Society for Public Administration. Stan holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA from New York University. He currently teaches courses in communication and the federal budget for Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.

Stan lives in Virginia with his wife, a professional actress and ballroom dancer who has absolutely no interest in politics, public policy, or federal deficits. Because of that, they get along extremely well.

This course focuses on economic concepts, theories, principles, and tools at the federal level of the US government from a managerial and policy perspective. It explores the problems and challenges of public sector leaders and managers through the lens of both micro and macroeconomic theory. It also focuses on the effect of public sector interventions and the role of the Federal government in the US economy. Through various case studies and student-centered exercises, participants learn a set of economic tools and techniques for approaching critical managerial and policy decisions, to include those addressing market failures, distributional concerns, public sector financing and expenditures, and fiscal decentralization.
ECQ Alignment: Leading Change, Results Driven, Business Acumen

Healy ClassFaculty: Dr. Hong J. Kim

Dr. Kim is a Lead Economist in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy (OASP) of the Department of Labor. He is leading a group of OASP economists to perform the Department’s regulatory impact analyses, regulatory flexibility analyses, labor market analyses, workplace safety analyses, and policy analyses. Prior to joining the Depart of Labor, he was a senior economist at the Department of Homeland Security and the Environmental Protection Agency. Hong Kim is also an adjunct professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University since 2003, teaching Public Sector Economics and Cost-Benefit Analysis. He is an active member of the American Economic Association and the Environmental and Resource Economist Association. His primary field of expertise is regulatory impact analysis of federal regulations and labor economic analyses. He has published economic research articles in Land Economics, Journal of Environmental Management, Journal of Resource Economics, and Journal of Marine Resource Economics. He received his B.A. in Economics from the Korea University, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Davis.

Spring Semester (9 Credits)

This course is an intensive, skills-based seminar that provides an analytical approach to creating and claiming more value in negotiations while strengthening individual and organizational relationships.  Readings, interactive simulations, and class discussions provide students with a theoretical framework to prepare, conduct, and review negotiations in a range of sectors and cultural contexts.  The conflict management component of the course explores the sources of conflict, as well as tools for managing interpersonal dynamics in scenarios such as performance reviews, interdepartmental collaboration, and partnering with external organizations.
ECQ Alignment: Leading Change, Leading People, Building Coalitions

Healy ClassFaculty: Professor Rachel Gillers

Rachel Milner Gillers is a conflict management consultant, mediator, and trainer. She is an Adjunct Professor of Negotiation and Mediation at the McCourt School of Public Policy and at Georgetown’s Law School, and she has trained mediators at the Harvard Mediation Program. Rachel has helped clients including the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Procter & Gamble, Pfizer, and OpenTheGovernment.org to identify and overcome interpersonal and organizational barriers to reaching agreement. Her areas of special interest and expertise include international development, workplace conflict, and gender and negotiation.  She has worked extensively within the United Nations system to train senior staff in negotiation and conflict management and has assisted the International Monetary Fund with conflict resolution capacity building for managers in both domestic and foreign mission contexts. Rachel has facilitated complex multi-stakeholder consensus building processes, including the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, a cross-sector effort driven by representatives from the extractive industries, government, and civil society. She holds joint Master’s degrees from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Harvard Divinity School.
This course focuses on budgeting and financial management at the federal level of the US government from a managerial and policy perspective. It highlights the players, the process, and the politics of the fiscal and budgetary systems and the relationships to public policies. Students will explore practical applications of budgeting, strategic planning, financial reporting, management controls, and performance measurement to gain knowledge for planning, controlling, monitoring, and analyzing federal government operations and programs.
ECQ Alignment: Leading Change, Results Driven, Business Acumen

Healy ClassFaculty: Professor Adrienne L. Ferguson

Ms. Adrienne L. Ferguson is a Professor of Practice at the National Defense University (NDU), College of Information and Cyberspace, Chief Financial Officer Academy, at Fort McNair military base in Washington, DC. She teaches Federal financial management courses to senior civilian and military leaders within the government in areas such as Federal budgeting and accounting; enterprise risk management, auditing, and internal controls; financial reporting and policy development; and performance management and strategic planning. Prior to working at NDU, Ms. Ferguson was an Assistant Vice President at Yale University, supporting the Yale Chief Financial Officer by implementing finance policies and strategies for the University. Before joining Yale, Ms. Ferguson served in a series of leadership positions at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Headquarters; the Department of Defense; and the Department of the Navy. She has over 33 years of government service. Ms. Ferguson is a member of the Association of Government Accountants, and the American Society of Military Comptrollers, where she lectures several times a year to hundreds of participants on various topics of interest to government leaders. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Grambling State University, Grambling, LA, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the American University, Washington, DC.
This course focuses on program evaluation and policy outcomes. Sound program evaluation is the bottom line for judging the success or failure of initiatives, and determines whether leaders are effective in a world of constrained resources and limited policy options. An ability to understand and apply time-tested methods will help EMPL students make well-informed choices and recommend the most effective course of action. The course examines evaluation methodology and tools, presenting both theoretical underpinnings as well as vexing real-world examples. As future public, private, and non-profit executives, EMPL students will learn how to ask probing questions and determine what methods to use when weighing the value of programs. Moreover, the course will also help students communicate alternative options when choosing which programs to fund, modify, discontinue, or expand.
ECQ Alignment: Leading Change, Results Driven, Business Acumen

Dr. MeaFaculty: Dr. William Mea

Dr. William (“Billy”) Mea is a program examiner at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), National Security Division, overseeing Navy and Marine Corps budget and policy, Defense financial management, and Department of Defense civilian pay and policy. Previously he was a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Labor, and a consultant at KPMG focusing on change management and IT project management in manufacturing. Dr. Mea was also a psychologist in the Navy for nearly three decades (active duty and reserves), serving most recently in Fallujah, Iraq, and at the Walter Reed Medical Center Traumatic Brain Injury unit. He earned his BS at Loyola University of Chicago and an MA at Xavier University in Cincinnati before earning his doctoral degree in clinical and industrial/organizational psychology from Auburn University. Dr. Mea has over two dozen professional publications, presents regularly at professional conferences and seminars, and is currently on sabbatical at the National Defense University as the OMB Chair of the Eisenhower School where he teaches economics and industry analytics.

Summer Semester (6 Credits)

This course focuses on the knowledge and skills required to lead effectively in today’s interconnected, dynamic and global environment. Recognizing that both the public and private sectors will continue to evolve at a faster and faster pace, executives and leaders must continue to learn and grow in order to lead their own organizations effectively. The course explores the competing demands on leaders, including politics, institutional constraints, and agendas of multiple parties. It examines strategies for leading change, motivating and driving mission and organizational success, and building coalitions and partnerships both within and across boundaries. Finally, the course presents each student with the opportunity to examine his/her own capacity for change and leadership.
ECQ Alignment: Leading People, Leading Change, Results Driven, Business Acumen, Building Coalitions

Andres Marquez-LaraFaculty: Professor Andres Marquez-Lara

Professor Andres Marquez-Lara is the Founder and President of Promethean Community, LLC, a social enterprise devoted to the facilitation of systemic change in Latin America and the Caribbean. His company designs interactive workshops for community and organizational leaders that strengthen and leverage collaboration, trust, and communication to create sustainable solutions to today’s complex challenges. Professor Marquez-Lara is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Excellence in Public Leadership at the George Washington University and a Visiting Lecturer at the Institute for Transformative Leadership at Georgetown University. He has collaborated with multiple national and international organizations to include the INCAE Business School in Costa Rica, the US Office of Personnel Management, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the DC Department of Mental Health. In 2014, Professor Marquez-Lara was named one of the emerging social innovators in North America by Ashoka/American Express; in 2011, he received the George C. Askew Award from the American Academy of Certified Public Managers for his team’s exceptional curriculum development. Professor Marquez-Lara earned a BA in psychology from Duke University, and a graduate degree in clinical community psychology from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela.
This course focuses on strategies and frameworks for decision making in today’s world of interconnection and dynamic change. It examines the relationships between strategic thinking, strategic planning, and decision making, recognizing that the wicked problems of today often cross disciplinary boundaries and geographic borders. Traditional approaches to decision making such as the analytic model and cost benefit analysis are compared to new approaches such as intuition and systems thinking. The course also examines the information rich world of executives, and addresses strategies for leveraging the abundance of information rather than being overwhelmed by it. Recent findings in cognitive and neuroscience are discussed and their implications for effective decision making explored.
ECQ Alignment: Leading Change, Results Driven, Business Acumen

Healy ClassFaculty: Dr. Geoff Seaver

Dr. Seaver is a full professor at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. where he has held multiple key roles in creating, building, and leading executive education programs. Dr. Seaver is a recognized subject matter expert in enterprise strategic performance management, futures and foresight planning, and systems and design thinking. He has taught a wide variety of in-person, hybrid, and distributed learning courses, and has mentored multiple students through their capstone thesis or Master’s degree. During his twenty year career as a U.S. Naval Officer (active-duty and reserve), Dr. Seaver served as a strategic and operational logistics planner for both Naval and Joint military forces. He held a variety of leadership positions, including Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, and Department Head for several Naval Reserve Units. He earned his PhD in public administration from the George Washington University. He holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering, an Master of Public Administration from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor in General Studies (Computer Science) from the University of Kansas. Dr. Seaver is frequently an invited speaker on the topics of foresight, systems thinking, and real-world scholarship; he presents regularly at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting.

Fall Semester (6 Credits)

This course examines professional ethics and values for leaders working in and around the public sector. It first explores prescriptive aspects and frameworks for ethical decision making. It then builds on those frameworks with an examination of the social, cultural, perceptual, and political influences on ethics and value systems. The course makes extensive use of case studies, “stories”, interactive student-centered activities, and invited speakers. Contemporary ethical issues addressed include: the possible results of biotechnology; the appropriate use of drone warfare; artificial intelligence applications to everyday life; life and death “decisions” by driverless cars; the use of cyber technologies for persuasion and communication; and animal rights.
ECQ Alignment: Leading People, Leading Change, Building Coalitions

GingrichFaculty: Dr. Gerry Gingrich

Dr. Gingrich serves as the Director of McCourt's Executive Master in Policy Leadership. A member of McCourt's adjunct faculty since 1994, Dr. Gingrich was a professor at the National Defense University for 25 years where she was a founding member of the College of Information and Cyberspace. In that role, she directed the Department of Defense's flagship executive program in leadership and information technology. Dr. Gingrich is an expert in strategic leadership and decision making, organizational innovation, and technological and behavioral change. She is a regular contributor to Federal Times with articles and blogs addressing leadership trends, organizational change, innovation in the workplace, and strategic technology issues. In 1990, Dr. Gingrich co-founded and led the first executive program in the country in the leadership and management of information systems at The George Washington University. Before entering academe, Dr. Gingrich was a Corporate Lending Officer for Bank of America and a Certified Public Accountant for KPMG. She holds executive degrees in foreign policy from MIT and in information systems from the University of Minnesota; an MS and PhD in organizational and cognitive psychology from the University of Maryland; and a BS in business and finance from the University of North Carolina.
Delivered on Capitol Hill, the first three days of this course provide the student with an exceptional learning experience focused on the integration and synthesis of previous courses in the EMPL. The course includes lectures and discussions about the processes, culture, and political dynamics at play in Congress; interactions with long-time congressional aides; and opportunities to observe Congress in action. Following the three days on the Hill, students return to the main Georgetown University campus to present the finding of their 10-month capstone projects. These projects are designed through consultation with a faculty advisor, and serve as a second integrative learning experience for EMPL students. The week concludes with a graduation ceremony and the awarding of diplomas
ECQ Alignment: Leading Change, Leading People, Results Driven, Business Acumen, Building Coalitions

Healy ClassFaculty: Professor Kristin Nicholson

Professor Kristin Nicholson became the Director of the Government Affairs Institute in February 2017. Prior to joining GAI, she spent two decades on Capitol Hill, where she served for sixteen years as Chief of Staff to Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a senior member of the House Committees on Armed Services and Homeland Security. She spent her first four years on the Hill serving in senior staff positions for Rep. Glenn Poshard (D-IL) and Rep. David Phelps (D-IL). Kristin was selected as a Stennis Congressional Staff Fellow in the 109th Congress. She spoke frequently for GAI’s courses on Capitol Hill before joining the organization. Professor Nicholson holds a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado School of Law.
*While our EMPL courses were designed with special attention to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), the ECQ alignment identified per course does not indicate a certification by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Nadhal Eadeh

Nadhal Eadeh, EMPL'18

Special Assistant, Office of the Under Secretary for Benefits at U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

 I have been really impressed with the faculty. They are very engaging. They are invested in your education and career growth. The faculty actively encourage EMPL students to get involved in the extra curricular policy related events on campus. They are world renowned and assist you in stretching your thinking capacities.  


  Justin Carder

Justin Carder, EMPL'16

Supervisory Auditor at Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA)

 Students in the EMPL program can expect to be challenged by professors that are experts in their field, leverage their cohort network to strengthen each other, all while developing new skillsets and strengthening their abilities throughout the course of the program.