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 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. John Haskell

John Haskell is the Research Director for the Section 809 Panel, which is charged by Congress with recommending reforms to the Defense acquisition process. He is overseeing 10 research teams looking into different aspects of the process. Prior to taking that position in December of 2016, John headed the Government and Finance research division at the Congressional Research Service from 2013-2016. That division provides analysis for Congress on congressional process and operations, executive branch operations and management, tax policy, banking and finance, and emergency management policy. Before coming to CRS, he was senior fellow and curriculum director at the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University from 2000-2013, leading efforts by the faculty to train executive branch officials on congressional process and politics. John also worked as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill. John is an expert on congressional process and politics, having published three books, including Congress in Context (second edition, 2013). He currently teaches public policy for Claremont McKenna College and Georgetown University. He has also taught at Drake University, Davidson College, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received his Ph.D. in American Politics. John’s B.A. is in Political Science from Davidson College.
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

Healy ClassFaculty: Dr. Sam Potolicchio

Dr. Sam Potolicchio is Director of Global and Custom Education at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. Potolicchio was named one of “America’s Best Professors” by the Princeton Review, the only one in his field, and the Future Leader of American Higher Education by the Association of Colleges and Universities. Potolicchio has delivered lectures in over 75 countries including at Oxford, Yale, Cambridge, Sorbonne, London School of Economics, Brown, Dartmouth, IE, Bologna and Warwick. He also serves as the Department Chairman and Distinguished Professor in Political and Social Communications at the School of Public Policy at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration and as the President of PGLF a leadership training program for rising leaders from over 100 countries. Potolicchio is a senior adviser to high ranking officials around the globe and is currently the Director and academic designer of the first english language program on Global Governance and Leadership in the Russian Federation. He is a visiting professor at New York University and an official lecturer at the Library of Congress for OWLC, an international leadership program of the United States Congress. Potolicchio received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Georgetown, Master in Theological Studies from Harvard, and a Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate from Georgetown in Government.
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

Faculty: 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 2018 Semester (9 Credits)