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
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
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

Spring 2018 Semester (9 Credits)