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) emphasizing strategic leadership, performance results, and coalition building.

May 30 (Deadline Extended) 

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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 2018 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

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. Dr. 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. Dr. 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. Dr. 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. Dr. 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

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 2019 Semester (9 Credits)

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.