Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy ranked 23rd in the U.S. News & World Report 2019 Best Public Affairs Schools Ranking, which provide one rating of the academic quality of the 282 schools of public affairs and public administration in the U.S.

The U.S. News Public Affairs rankings is based solely on a peer assessment survey. The McCourt School score of 3.6 remained unchanged from the 2016 ranking.

“The McCourt School has made incredible progress toward building a 21st century school of public policy,” said interim dean Michael A. Bailey. “We’re pleased that NASPAA voters have taken notice.”

International Policy and Research Accolades

U.S. News & World Report also ranks specialty areas for programs of excellence within the category of public affairs. In the area of international/global policy, a new specialty category measured by U.S. News, the McCourt School ranked 4th.

In the specialty category of public policy analysis, McCourt ranked 18th, and in public management and leadership, also new category, McCourt ranked 33rd.

A recent study from researchers at Columbia University and the University of Warwick ranked the McCourt School 7th– highest among policy schools in the nation’s capital– for the quality and quantity of faculty research. Unlike U.S. News, this study is based on objective and measurable criteria.

Global and Evidence-Based

The McCourt School continues to make significant progress in our four strategic areas: student, faculty, research, and engagement excellence.

Since receiving the McCourt School gift in 2013, McCourt has expanded our core faculty to include world-class scholars like Nobel-Laureate George Akerlof, Sheila Foster, Donald Moynihan, and Pamela Herd.

In the fall of 2015, the McCourt School launched the Institute of Politics and Public Service, or GU Politics, to complement students’ classroom learning. GU Politics connects and empowers students and the community in an effort to understand the real practice of politics, explore ways to do it better, and reaffirm its promise.

The McCourt Scholars program, a scholarship program covering full tuition, mandatory fees, a stipend, and health insurance, has helped to recruit 20 of the best and brightest future policy makers and scholars to the Hilltop.

In the spring of 2017, McCourt opened the first Research Data Center in Washington– a joint project of the U.S. Census Bureau and the school’s Massive Data Institute (MDI). The MDI was created in 2013 to study high-dimensional data to answer public policy questions.

McCourt also recently launched the Master of Science in Data Science for Public Policy program, a cutting-edge degree that will train students with computer science and public policy analysis skills, enabling them to make even smarter policy decisions.

A New Approach to Public Policy Education

This work is made possible by the 2013 gift of $100 million from Georgetown alumnus Frank H. McCourt Jr. (C’75) to establish the McCourt School of Public Policy.

The gift has allowed Georgetown to forge a new approach to public policy education through the expansion of the school’s core faculty, increased scholarship funds to recruit the most talented students, new centers and institutes to deepen the University’s commitment to civic engagement and civil dialogue, and more support for innovative research to solve our increasingly complex policy problems.