The MIDP is a 48-credit degree program, divided into core courses, elective courses, a summer professional placement, and a capstone project.

  • Type of Degree

    Master’s Degree

  • Format

    On-Campus, Full-time

  • Length

    2 Years

  • Department

    MIDP Programs

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Core Courses

The core courses emphasizes analytical skills and core knowledge for designing and managing sound public policy.

Economics & Development Policy (12 credits)

  • PPOL 536:  Intermediate Microeconomics for Development (3 credits)
  • PPOL 537:  Public Finance in Developing Countries (3 credits)
  • PPOL 540:  Social and Economic Development Policy (3 credits)
  • PPOL 541:  Sustainable Development (3 credits)

Quantitative Methods (9 credits)

  • PPOL 531:  Statistical Methods for Development Policy (3 credits)
  • PPOL 532:  Regression Methods for Development Policy (3 credits)
  • PPOL 533:  Impact Evaluation for Development (3 credits) 

Management and Institutions (9 credits)

  • PPOL 545:  Management and Leadership in Developing Countries (3 credits)
  • PPOL 546:  Ethical Issues in Development (3 credits)
  • PPOL 542:  Political Economy in Developing Countries (3 credits)
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McCourt’s Foundational Skill Set

In 2018, McCourt organized a Curriculum Innovation Committee to review and modernize the core curricula of our Masters degree programs. Over the past three years, the committee worked toward a number of goals, including developing a set of core competencies for all McCourt degree programs.

After reviewing the core curriculum, benchmarking other policy schools, and speaking with employers, and alumni, the committee developed a set of core competencies which were discussed, voted on, and approved by the McCourt School faculty.

All McCourt students graduate with the following foundational skills:


  • Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking
  • Economic Analysis
  • Engaging with Bias
  • Ethical Leadership and Management
  • Evaluation
  • Policy Analysis
  • Political Analysis
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Strategic Communication
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McCourt Foundations

In the fall of 2020, the McCourt School launched a new experiential learning program which seeks to lay the foundation for a McCourt degree. 

McCourt Foundations is designed to facilitate the transition to graduate school, introduce incoming students to a set of core leadership and communications skills, and catalyze equity-centered policy work and advocacy. An experiential program led by McCourt faculty, staff, and Leadership Fellows, McCourt Foundations builds the skills and confidence necessary to design, implement, and measure the effectiveness of policy, while introducing them to their new community. 

This course is mandatory for all MPP (including Evening Program), MIDP, and MS-DSPP students. Students working full-time are expected to take off of work in order to attend all 3 days, 9am-5pm with optional evening activities. 

McCourt Foundations is mandatory and a requirement for graduation. Any student not able to participate in all three days of Foundations will need to make up the course next year. 

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Capstone Project

Each student completes a capstone project. This client-based group project gives students the opportunity to apply skills they are learning in the classroom to real world, real-time policy questions posed by clients from leading international development institutions. The capstone is a two-semester project completed during the second year of the program.


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MIDP students expand on the analytical skills they attain in their core coursework with 12 credits of elective courses. Students have an array of elective courses from which to choose at the McCourt School and Georgetown University’s other top-ranked graduate schools. Our expert faculty teach a wide range of elective courses in today’s most relevant policy areas and methods.

Many McCourt students choose to align their elective coursework with their interests and career goals. Electives in areas of development policy, international economic policy, and methods are likely to be of particular interest to MIDP students. MIDP students may also elect to take classes that do not focus specifically on policy making in developing countries, but whose substantive areas may be related to their career goals.

Please see below for a sample list of electives offered over the past academic year. This list is not exhaustive and additional courses can be found on the Registrar’s Schedule of Classes. McCourt students also have the opportunity to take electives in other Georgetown graduate programs as well as through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Please contact Director of Academic Affairs Nirmala Fernandes at for more information.



  • U.S. Domestic Economic Policy including courses such as:
    • PPOL 614: The Federal Budget in a Time of Madness
    • PPOL 649: Macroeconomics
  • International Economic Policy including courses such as:
    • PPOL 608: Asian Economic Development
    • PPOL 676: International Financial Institutions
    • PPOL 677: International Trade Policy & Negotiations
    • PPOL 734: Latin American Economic Development
  • Development Policy including courses such as:
    • PPOL 638: International Health
    • PPOL 647: International Social Development Policy
    • PPOL 650: Behavioral Economics & Development
    • PPOL 678: Money/Finance in the Developing/Globalized World
    • PPOL 685: History and Theory of Development
    • PPOL 780: Economic Complexity & Development
  • Political Strategy and Governance including courses such as:
    • PPOL 612: Federalism & Intergovernmental Relations in the U.S.
    • PPOL 627: Identity Politics & Interest Groups
    • PPOL 632: Strategic Advocacy: Lobbying/Interest Groups
    • PPOL 657: Policy, Politics & the Media
  • Racial Equity and Social Justice including courses such as:
    • PPOL 499: Faith, Race & Politics
    • PPOL 624: Race & US Criminal Legal Policy
    • PPOL 719: Race & Labor Markets
    • PPOL625Urban Inequality
    • PPOL666Racial Justice in K-12 Ed Policy
    • PPOL709Identifying & Undoing Bias in Public Policy
  • Education Policy including courses such as:
    • PPOL 655: Education Productivity: Teachers & Technology Effects
    • PPOL 672: Topics: Post Secondary Education
    • PPOL 797: New Players in Education: Charter Schools
  • Environmental & Regulatory Policy including courses such as:
    • PPOL 613: Environmental and Natural Resources Economics
    • PPOL 636: Energy, Society & Politics in Developing Countries
    • PPOL 687: Nuclear Power, Climate Change, Clean Power
  • Health Policy including courses such as:
    • PPOL 604: Health Care Quality: Recent Policy Issues
    • PPOL 642: Health Policy & Politics
    • PPOL 643: Health Care Access Demand Issues
  • Homeland Security Policy including courses such as:
    • PPOL 688: Homeland Security
    • PPOL 692: Capacity Building/Counter-terrorism (previously Post Conflict Reconstruction)
    • PPOL 694: Cyber Conflict and National Security Policy
    • PPOL 697: National Security Policy: Decision Making & Strategy
  • Management & Leadership such as:
    • PPOL 612: Federalism/Intergovernmental Relations
    • PPOL 633: Women and Leadership
    • PPOL 663: Public Leadership
    • PPOL 699: The Power & Influence of Philanthropy: Local, National, Global
    • PPOL 748: Negotiation
  • Analytical Methods for Development including courses such as:
    • PPOL 622: Policy Analysis
    • PPOL 646: Data Visualization for Policy Analysis
    • PPOL 658: Growth Diagnostics & Development Strategies
    • PPOL 683: Spatial Data Modeling & Public Policy
    • PPOL 693: Applied Monitoring & Evaluation for Development Programs
    • PPOL 696: Survey Research Methods
    • PPOL 737: Game Theory
  • Public Management including courses such as:
    • PPOL 639: Strategic Planning & Public Policy
    • PPOL 663: Public Leadership
    • PPOL 680: Risk Management
    • PPOL 792: Emergency & Disaster Management
  • Social Policy including courses such as:
    • PPOL 601: Issues:Sexuality Law & Policy
    • PPOL 604: Policy/Politics of Entitlements
    • PPOL 607: Child Development
    • PPOL 609: Urban Law & Poverty
    • PPOL 611: The War on Drugs: Causes, Consequences and Alternatives (formerly US Drug Policy & Its Consequences)
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Course Sequence

A typical course sequence for the MIDP program students appears below.

Year One: Fall Semester

  • PPOL 536 — Intermediate Microeconomics for Development
  • PPOL 531 — Statistical Methods for Development Policy
  • PPOL 540 — Social and Economic Development Policy
  • PPOL elective

Year One: Spring Semester

  • PPOL 532 — Regression Methods for Development Policy
  • PPOL 537 — Public Finance in Developing Countries
  • PPOL 545 — Management and Leadership in Developing Countries
  • PPOL elective

Year Two: Fall Semester

  • PPOL 533 — Impact Evaluation for Development
  • PPOL 542 — Political Economy in Developing Countries
  • PPOL 548 — Capstone Project
  • PPOL elective

Year Two: Spring Semester

  • PPOL 541 — Sustainable Development
  • PPOL 546 — Ethical Issues in Development
  • PPOL 549 — Capstone Project
  • PPOL elective
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