The Executive Master in Policy Leadership (EMPL) is an interdisciplinary degree program that interweaves economics and political science with public policy and administration. Central to each course is an alignment with the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) for the Senior Executive Service (SES), which provides an overarching framework to connect the curriculum's disciplinary foundations to policy practice.

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 2017 Semester (9 Credits)

This course examines the institutions that play major roles in the American public policy process, including the presidency, the bureaucracy, the Congress, the courts, interest groups, and the media. 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, the motivations of key institutional players that affect decision- making, and the aspects of the process where executives can effect change.
ECQ Alignment: Leading Change, Results Driven, Building Coalitions
This course focuses on key management topics, including diversity, managing human, financial, and technical resources; developing organizational missions and strategic plans; and evaluating performance (individual, program, and organizational). The course also examines key government reform initiatives such as privatization and outsourcing, deregulation, and personnel. Particular attention is paid to executive responsibilities, leadership strategies, and organizational change.
ECQ Alignment: Leading Change, Leading People, Business Acumen
This course focuses on fundamental concepts, theories, principles and tools used in public sector managerial economics using microeconomic theory as a framework for understanding the problems of public managers, and the contextual factors that affect the external environment. Concepts covered include: resource scarcity, consumer behavior, production, cost, the economics of efficient management, labor markets, market failure, and public goods. By the end of the course students will be able to articulate the economic context and analysis of public problems, use economic concepts in managerial and policy decisions, and apply economic tools and techniques to address common issues faced by public managers. The course will emphasize the particular situations in which mangers encounter economic analysis in their analysis and decision-making.
ECQ Alignment: Leading Change, Results Driven, Business Acumen, Building Coalitions

Spring 2018 Semester (9 Credits)

Summer 2018 Semester (6 Credits)

Fall 2018 Semester (6 Credits)

*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).