Public Policy

The McCourt School of Public Policy offers programs of study leading to a Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) degree, a Master of International Development (M.I.D.P.) degree, a Master of Policy Management (M.P.M.) degree or an Executive Master of Policy Leadership (E.M.P.L.) degree.

The MPP is two-year, multidisciplinary program designed to meet the needs of individuals desiring a strong background in the political and economic dimensions of governmental policy-making, particularly those who plan a career in public- or private-sector policy analysis and management.

MPP students receive training in research methodology, statistics with computer applications, economics, policy process/implementation as well as political theory and values. 

Students choose from a wide range of graduate electives offered through the McCourt School of Public Policy or any other graduate program on the main campus, the Law Center or the Medical Center. The McCourt School of Public Policy is also enriched by a close association with several research centers, including the Health Policy Institute, the Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership and the Center for Research on Children in the U.S.

DEGREES OFFERED

  • Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.)
  • Master of International Development (M.I.D.P.)
  • Master of Policy Management (M.P.M.)
  • Executive Master of Policy Leadership (E.M.P.L.)

 

DUAL DEGREES OFFERED

 

  • Master of Public Policy/Master of Business Administration (MPP/MBA)
  • Master of Public Policy/PhD in Government (MPP/PhD)
  • Master of Public Policy/PhD in Psychology (MPP/PhD)
  • Master of Public Policy/Juris Doctor (MPP/JD)
  • Master of Public Policy/ Master of Science in Foreign Service (MPP/MS)
  • Master of Public Policy/ Master of Arts in German and European Studies (MPP/MA)
  • Master of Public Policy/International Organizations MBA (MPP/IOMBA)
  • Master of Public Policy/Master in Management (MPP/MiM)

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Fall 2016

January 15, 2016 (priority)

April 1, 2016 (final)

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions Application Procedures page and the Admissions Requirements Checklist.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

The MPP full time or Evening Program is designed for both U.S. and international candidates desiring advanced careers related to public policy in the public, private, or non-profit sectors. The curriculum emphasizes building strong quantitative skills within a broad, multidisciplinary core curriculum. In addition, it incorporates and provides the analytical, communications, and team-building skills necessary to become an effective leader and policy maker in U.S. domestic and international policy.

Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree (or international equivalent) required.
  • Previous coursework in Microeconomics is required.  Please review Microeconomics preparation for more information
  • Some coursework in college-level pre-calculus or calculus preferred.

For admissions consideration, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university in the United States or an international college or university recognized by the Ministry of Education in the country where the institution is located.

Work Experience

For the MPP program, work experience is not a prerequisite but it is highly recommended and considered during application review.  The McCourt School of Public Policy believes students with work experience derive more from classes through exposure to relevant issues/topics addressed in a professional work environment whether in the public, private, or non-profit sectors. Candidates applying directly from undergraduate institutions should exhibit professional capabilities through part-time employment, internships or other non-paid experience, including campus leadership.

REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS

In reviewing your application, the McCourt School considers all the elements listed below.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Applicants for admission to the McCourt School must upload a resume or curriculum vitae (C.V.) with their online application. Please feel free to include a list of published work.

Transcripts

Applicants for admission to the McCourt School must provide official transcripts of ALL work beyond secondary school - undergraduate coursework, graduate coursework, study abroad courses, community college courses, and non-degree courses. This requirement also includes any transfer credits that may have been completed at another institution other than the degree awarding institution. A transcript is official when:

  • submitted to the McCourt School in an envelope which is issued by the institution and sealed by your university's Registrar's office (or equivalent office), or
  • submitted to the McCourt School from the institution via a secure electronic delivery, such as Scrip-Safe, or
  • requested from the appropriate institution's Registrar, returned to you, and included unopened in your self-assembled application packet for mailing.

Photocopied/faxed transcripts are not considered official.

Note about study abroad programs:

For study abroad programs, you need to submit an official transcript only if the classes, grades, and credits do not appear on your home institution’s transcript.

Official Foreign Transcripts

Official foreign transcripts should be accompanied by a notarized translation into English. The official notarized translation should be submitted to the McCourt School in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal by the notary.

International applicants who attend institutions outside of the United States may also submit their transcripts in the form of World Education Services (WES) ICAP evaluations and should note that official transcripts are delivered electronically with their evaluations through WES. WES evaluations may take the place of official transcripts as long as they come to the McCourt School directly from WES and include a copy of the official transcripts you had evaluated.

Recommendations

Three recommendations are required. Ideally, applicants should submit at least one each from an academic and work-related source. The online application utilizes a secure online recommendation system which will:

  • automatically email your recommendation providers with instructions for online submission of the recommendation;
  • allow applicants to track recommendations received or not received and follow up with recommenders who still need to submit their appraisals;
  • expedite the processing of the recommendations, which will be included in the online application once submitted.

In the event your reference cannot access the online recommendation, please contact the McCourt School Admissions staff for instructions.

Official GRE or GMAT Scores

The Georgetown University GRE code is 5244.  The GMAT code is JT7-D8-97.

  • For the M.P.P. degree program, the McCourt School accepts either the GRE or the GMAT.
  • LSAT scores can be submitted for the M.P.P./J.D. dual degree or for a M.P.P.-only degree. If you are submitting the LSAT for the M.P.P.-only degree and have minimal quantitative coursework, please contact the admissions office.
  • Dual M.P.P./IOMBA: Applicants may submit either the GRE or the GMAT.

Official TOEFL or IELTS for International Students

The McCourt School of Public Policy’s TOEFL code is 5335. For the IELTS, see http://www.ielts.org.

All applicants to the McCourt School are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by:

  • the receipt of a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the language of instruction for the entire institution.
  • submission of an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report with a minimum score of approximately 600 (paper-based test) or approximately 100 (internet test). (Minimum of 22 on each individual section.)
  • submission of an official International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic Module score report with a minimum score of 7.0.

The TOEFL and IELTS must be received directly from the appropriate testing organization. Photocopied/faxed documents will not fulfill this requirement.

Exception: International students who received a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education where the primary language was English will be considered for an exemption from this requirement. Please contact McCourt School Admissions if you have questions.

Personal Statement

Maximum length 500 words. Your essay should address the following:

The McCourt School's MPP program emphasizes analytical rigor and using sophisticated quantitative tools where appropriate. Why do you think analytical rigor is important for policy analysis? Use a current policy issue to demonstrate your reasoning.

Optional Statement
The Admissions Committee is very interested in learning about you personally- including any noteworthy or formative aspects of your background and what attracted you to the field of public policy. In 250 words or less, please provide any information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know about yourself and/or your future goals. You may also use this optional essay to provide further explanation of any unusual circumstances, such as a period of poor academic performance or a large gap in your resume. If you choose to submit an Optional Statement, please upload it to the Writing Sample section of the application.

Supplemental Data Form

Available online at http://grad.georgetown.edu/admissions/admissions-forms.  Once you have completed the Supplemental Data Form, please upload it to your application.

Interviews

Interviews are not required but prospective students are encouraged to attend an information session, participate in an online chat or meet with a McCourt School Admissions staff member in person or over the phone.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) is a 48-credit degree program, divided into core (required) courses and elective courses. Students in the full-time program complete the M.P.P. in two years. Students in the evening program can complete the MPP in three years (including both summers).

Visit the M.P.P. Degree Requirements page on the McCourt School website for additional information.