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The McCourt School of Public Policy (MSPP)  offers an Executive Master of Policy Leadership (E.M.P.L.). The E.M.P.L. degree program is a graduate program that allows students to develop leadership skills and knowledge to address public policy issues and problems.

The Executive Master of Policy Leadership (EMPL) is an advanced degree for currently employed, high achieving professionals with seven years of work experience in the policymaking arena who want to learn more about management and leadership in a public context. The degree addresses executive-level skills, with attention to many of the Executive Core Qualifications for the Senior Executive Service, identified by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Degree Offered

  • Executive Master of Policy Leadership (E.M.P.L.)

Application Deadlines

The (in-person) Executive Master of Policy Leadership (E.M.P.L degree) is offered to working professionals with at least seven years of professional experience. The program is offered in cohort-format that launches every August.  The deadlines to apply for enrollment in Fall 2019 program are as follows:

     International Applicants: March 15, 2019

     US Applicants: May 1, 2019

Application Requirements

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

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

The in-person Executive Master of Policy Leadership is offered to working professionals with at least seven years of professional experience. The program is offered in cohort-format that launches every August.

The Executive Master of Policy Leadership Leadership is an extraordinary opportunity for emerging leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors; with at least 7 years of experience; and who have demonstrated leadership and management experience.

  • Resume/C.V.
  • Bachelor’s degree (or international equivalent) required.
  • Seven or more years of professional experience

Contact Information

For information on the E.M.P.L. curriculum, please contact:

(202) 687-9103
mccourtexeced@georgetown.edu

Required Application Materials

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

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

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

Transcripts

Applicants for admission to McCourt School must provide official transcripts from all institutions from which the applicant has or will earn a degree (undergraduate, graduate, and/or associates) by the time of matriculation at Georgetown; unofficial non-degree coursework transcripts should be uploaded directly to the online application. 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 secure electronic delivery, such as Scrip-Safe, or
  • requested from the appropriate institution's Registrar, sent to you, and submitted to the McCourt School unopened.

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

Applicants for admission will need to provide official transcripts or documents showing conferral of all degrees previously awarded. If a particular degree has not been awarded at the time of application:

  • the Georgetown University Graduate School will request documentation of the degree conferral at the time of admission;
  • admitted students intending to matriculate must submit all documentation of coursework and degrees awarded before class registration.

Photocopied/faxed transcripts are not considered official.

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

Two recommendations are required.  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 McCourt School Admissions staff for instructions.

Official GRE or GMAT Scores

E.M.P.L. applicants are not required to submit GRE or GMAT scores.

TOEFL or IELTS for International Students

The McCourt School 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 600 (paper-based test) or 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. The essay should explain what unique abilities you would bring to the E.M.P.L. Program and how obtaining this degree will contribute to the attainment of your personal and professional goals. In addition, the statement should specify why you want to pursue your degree at the McCourt School and how that relates to your career

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