The Master of Policy Management is a 36-credit degree program divided into four summer institutes, core courses, a capstone project and elective courses.

  • Type of Degree

    Master’s Degree

  • Format

    On-Campus, Full-time or Part-time

  • Length

    1 – 2 Years

  • Department

    MPM Programs

Summer Institute

Four summer institutes (12 credits), the foundation of the MPM program, are offered in week-long sessions during the summer semester. Please review the Summer 2020 and Summer 2021 MPM academic calendar and refund schedule.

 

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Core Courses

Semester Core Courses (9 credits)
In addition to the summer institutes, students enroll in three other core courses and four elective courses from McCourt School or University offerings. Note: students follow the regular semester add/drop and refund schedule posted on the Registrar’s and Student Accounts’ websites.

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Capstone Project

Each student completes a Capstone Project. This is a substantial paper that demonstrates the student’s ability to integrate consideration of analytic, management, and advocacy issues in the pursuit of solutions to a specific policy problem. This project is completed in the final semester of the student’s program.

  • PPOL 559: Capstone: Advanced Policy Management Project

This course culminates in a substantial paper that demonstrates the student’s ability to integrate consideration of analytic, management, and advocacy issues in the pursuit of solutions to a specific policy issue. It is taken in the final semester of the student’s program.

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Electives

Semester Electives (12 credits)
MPM students expand on the analytical skills they attain in their core coursework and summer institutes 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 School students choose to align their elective coursework with their interests and career goals. While not required, students may choose to focus their elective coursework in a particular area of study like Management & Leadership, Political Strategy & Governence, or Homeland Security Policy.

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 nf168@georgetown.edu for more information.

 

SAMPLE RECENT ELECTIVE OFFERINGS

  • U.S. Domestic Economic Policy including courses such as:
    • PPOL 614: The Federal Budget in a Time of Madness
    • PPOL 623: National Economic Issues
    • PPOL 649: Macroeconomics
    • PPOL 758: Foreign Direct Investments in the US
    • PPOL 759: Getting People to Behave
  • 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 681: BRICS & The Global Economy
    • PPOL 685: History and Theory of Development
    • PPOL 703: Political Economy of Foreign Aid
    • PPOL 780: Economic Complexity & Development
  • Political Strategy and Governance including courses such as:
    • PPOL 600: The Press & the Presidency
    • 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
  • 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
    • PPOL 711: Sustainable Development
  • 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
    • PPOL 661: Genomics, Precision Med & PPOL
    • PPOL 798: Politics & Policies of Addiction and Recovery
  • 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
  • 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
  • Methods including courses such as:
    • PPOL 622: Policy Analysis
    • PPOL 646: Data Visualization for Policy Analysis
    • 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 756: Contracting
    • PPOL 779: Agency Rulemaking & Adjudication: How Fed Govt Does Business
  • Social Policy including courses such as:
    • PPOL 604: Policy/Politics of Entitlements
    • PPOL 607: Child Development
    • PPOL 611: The War on Drugs: Causes, Consequences and Alternatives (formerly US Drug Policy & Its Consequences)
    • PPOL 659: Race, Faith & Politics
    • PPOL 664: Tax Policy
    • PPOL 745: U.S. Immigration Policy
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Course Sequence

Full-time students complete their degrees after one summer and two semesters. Part-time participants fulfill the requirements for their degrees over the course of two summers and four semesters.

A typical course sequence for both MPM full-time and MPM part-time program students appears below.

 

Typical course sequence for full-time MPM students:

 

Year One: Summer Semester

  • PPOL 550 — MPM Public Management
  • PPOL 5551 / PPOL 505 — US Public Policy Process/Comparative Policy Process
  • PPOL 557 — Decision Making in Public Policy
  • PPOL 553 —Ethics in Public Management

Year One: Fall Semester

  • PPOL 556 / PPOL 558 —  Economic Analysis for Public Policy/Management of Program Evaluation
  • PPOL 552 — Research Methods
  • PPOL elective
  • PPOL elective

Year One: Spring Semester

  • PPOL 556 / PPOL 558 — Economic Analysis for Public Policy/Management of Program Evaluation
  • PPOL 559 — Advanced Policy Management Project
  • PPOL elective
  • PPOL elective

 

Typical course sequence for part-time MPM students:

 

Year One: Summer Semester

  • PPOL 557 – Decision Making for Public Policy
  • PPOL 551 – US Public Policy Process or PPOL 505: Comparative Policy Process

Year One: Fall Semester

  • PPOL 556 / PPOL 558 —  Economic Analysis for Public Policy/Management of Program Evaluation
  • PPOL 552 – Research Methods

Year One: Spring Semester

  • PPOL 556 / PPOL 558 —  Economic Analysis for Public Policy/Management of Program Evaluation
  • PPOL elective

Year Two: Summer Semester

  • PPOL 553 – Ethics in Public Management
  • PPOL 550 – Innovations and Leadership in Public Management

Year Two: Fall Semester

  • PPOL or other approved electives (up to 6 credits)

Year Two: Spring Semester

  • PPOL 559 – Advanced Policy Management Project
  • PPOL elective
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Dual Degree Option

MPM/GMP

Only current students enrolled in KDI’s GMP program can apply. The MPM-GMP is targeted towards Korean public administration and public policy professionals in the “early-middle” stage of their careers, usually with between five and ten years of work experience.

To earn this dual degree, students must complete the full first year GMP curriculum requirements at the KDI School and 27 credits at the McCourt School over the course of an intense 24 months. All of the teaching for the dual degree program is in English.

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