Master of Public Policy

From Ideas to Action: Transforming Lives through a Master’s in Public Policy at the McCourt School

Empowering Policy Changemakers

At the McCourt School’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) program, we’re dedicated to shaping the future by tackling complex challenges through impactful public policy. Our program is designed to provide essential analytical skills needed to be highly effective in designing, analyzing and implementing policy in the U.S. and globally. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, at Georgetown University, you’ll have access to experienced professors, passionate peers and a vast network of policymakers and practitioners. Whether your aspirations lie on Capitol Hill, in think tanks, at non-profits or across international arenas, our program provides the support and guidance you need to achieve your goals in the dynamic field of public policy.

We offer both full-time and part-time/evening options for students, so our degree can meet you where you are. You can complete the program in two to three years. There are various dual degree options with prestigious partners such as the Georgetown Law School, McDonough School of Business and HEC Paris.

December 1
Early Action Deadline
If you apply by this deadline, increased scholarship opportunities and early notification are available.
January 15
Priority Deadline
If you apply by this deadline, increased scholarship opportunities are available.
March 1
Final Deadline
This is the final date to apply for Fall 2024 start.
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Building a Foundation for Future Policy Leaders

With a focus on economics, quantitative methods, management and politics, our graduates excel in policy design, analysis and implementation. The program includes core courses, a capstone experience and elective options. You will also develop vital skills in collaboration, critical thinking, economic analysis, ethical leadership, policy analysis and more through McCourt’s Foundational Skills. Choose between a thesis or client-based capstone, and expand your knowledge with faculty-led elective courses, customizing your education to match your interests and career goals.

Designated STEM-Eligible Program
Full-Time &
Part-Time/Evening Options
Study Abroad
Opportunities for
Full-Time Students

Faculty Who Practice What They Teach in Public Policy

Jim Wallis, Ph.D.

Professor of the Practice and Chair in Faith and Justice

Professor Wallis is the founder of Sojourners, and is the author of 12 books. He served on President Obama’s White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and has taught faith and public life courses at Harvard and Georgetown University. He is a Research Fellow at the Georgetown University Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs.

Sheila Foster, Ph.D.

The Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Urban Law and Policy and Professor of Public Policy

Professor Foster holds a joint appointment with the Georgetown Law School and the McCourt School. She writes in the areas of property, land use, environmental justice and local government law. Her most recent work explores questions of urban law and governance through the lens of the “commons.” She also co-directs LabGov, an international applied research project.

Wouter van Acker, Ph.D.

Assistant Teaching Professor

Professor van Acker previously worked at the World Bank focused on the public sector and civil service reform in the Western Balkans and Eastern Europe. His areas of expertise include comparative public policy, development cooperation, human resources, organizational innovation, public administration, public management and public policy.

Putting Your Knowledge into Practice

The Master of Public Policy (MPP)at Georgetown’s McCourt School equips you with strong problem-solving and analytical skills to succeed in a variety of policy-related roles. Whatever your career goals, our program will help you unlock your potential. Within six months of completing their degrees, 95% of 2022 graduates were employed or had secured job offers.

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4th Ranked in International Global Policy & Administration
10th Ranked in Public Policy Analysis
16th Ranked in Best Public Affairs Schools

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Meet Our Changemakers

As a diverse group of problem solvers, we’re dedicated to turning bold ideas into impactful action. In life at the McCourt School at Georgetown, we believe in the power of learning from your peers. Our students come from all walks of life and backgrounds, offering a rich community of experiences and perspectives. Together, we engage in policy-relevant research and strive to make the world a better place.

A Testimonial

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“I chose McCourt for its location in Washington, DC, the emphasis on quantitative, technical skills and the tight-knit community and incredible support for McCourt students. Coming from a large undergraduate university, I wanted a smaller community where faculty were accessible to students, and McCourt has definitely delivered.”

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