The Executive Master in Policy Leadership Experience

The Executive Master in Policy Leadership (EMPL) equips students with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively lead in today’s complex, dynamic policy environment.

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Interdisciplinary Curriculum

The 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.

EMPL Curriculum

E.J. Dionne, Jr.

EMPL Director: 
Gerry Gingrich, Ph.D

 Are you at a pivotal point in your career?  Do you seek to broaden your perspective and increase your impact?  Whether you are now working for the US government, a consulting firm, or a private organization, the McCourt School and EMPL are for you.  

Developed for Working Professionals

For 16 months, students participate in ten hybrid courses each composed of a five-day, in-person experience integrated with interactive online learning over a two week period.

A High-Performing, Lifelong Network

Students participate in a diverse, team-based cohort, guided by faculty experts. Together, they build a lifelong network of learners.

Capstone Project

Students extend their knowledge gained in the classroom to an applied capstone project that integrates analytic, management, and advocacy considerations to address a specific public policy or leadership problem.

At the Very Center of the Policy World

McCourt’s location in Washington, D.C., places EMPL at the center of the policy world, giving students access to leading practitioners and exposure to government agencies, international bodies, and nongovernmental organizations.

In-Person Course Dates

Note: all dates are subject to adjustment
Fall 2019 Spring 2020 Summer 2020 Fall 2020

Course 1: August 5-9

Course 4: January 13-17

Course 7: June 15-19

Course 9: September 14-18

Course 2: September 23-27

Course 5: March 9-13

Course 8: July 27-31

Course 10: December 7-11

Course 3: November 11-15

Course 6: April 27-May 1


Executive Education: The BEST Option for Working Professionals

We strive to enroll a diverse cohort and encourage applications from high-achieving professionals with demonstrated leadership and management experience. A minimum of seven years of professional experience is preferred. No GRE or GMAT are required. Register for an upcoming online information session, open house, or one-to-one consultations in person or over the phone.

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