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The McCourt School of Public Policy offers programs of study leading to a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree, a Master of International Development (MIDP) degree, a Master of Policy Management (MPM) degree or an Executive Master of Policy Leadership (EMPL) degree.

A Master of Policy Management (MPM) degree equips policy leaders with essential management and analytic skills that allow them to meet policy management challenges. A degree for professionals with significant practical experience, the MPM hones and integrates their talents to enhance effectiveness in the policy world. The McCourt School provides committed policy professionals with the theoretical foundation and practical tools they need to make a difference.

Degrees Offered

  • Master of Policy Management (MPM)

JOINT DEGREES OFFERED

  • Master of Policy Management/Global Masters programs (MPM/GMP) with the Korean Development Institute

Application Deadlines

Spring 2019 (MPM/GMP program only)

October 1, 2018 (final)

Summer 2019 (MPM only)

January 15, 2019 (priority deadline for scholarship consideration and strongly recommended for international applicants)

April 1, 2019 (final)

(Note: Those applying with a completed application by November 30 will be considered for scholarship and they will be notified of their decision by mid-January.)

Application Requirements

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

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

The MPM degree strikes a balance between analytics, management training and substantive focus within specific policy areas. Analytic courses stress a policy manager's role in commissioning, interpreting, and communicating policy analysis. The program is designed for individuals who exhibit a solid record as policy professionals, with aspirations to assume a greater leadership role and to strengthen their commitment to service, enhancing the quality of life in their country and the world.

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. Please note MPM students can begin the program in the summer or the fall.

Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree (or international equivalent) required.
  • Five or more years of professional experience

Letter of Support

In addition to the McCourt School of Public Policy application requirements, candidates pursuing the MPM degree on a part-time basis must provide a letter of support from their current employer.

The letter of support should indicate that the employer is aware of the applicant’s intention to undertake this program of study and that the organization will provide the applicant with release time from work responsibilities when necessary to attend classes; and, if applicable, financial support. At a minimum, the letter must indicate the employer's awareness that the applicant will be absent from work to attend classes and fulfill other obligations as may be required. Some sections of core classes are held in the early evenings to accommodate working students. However, there are four one-week Summer Institutes that run all day during the Monday-Friday work week in the summer.

Work Experience

The MPM degree requires five or more years of experience in a public policy- oriented organization at a substantial level.

Contact Information

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

Dr. Lynn Ross
Faculty Director, MPM Program
(202) 687-3929
rosslc@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 the 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 the 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

Three recommendations are required. Recommendations should include at least one professional evaluation from a supervisor or colleague who is familiar with your policy management abilities and potential. 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

MPM applicants are not required to submit GRE or GMAT scores.

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.

Academic Statement

Maximum length 500 words. The essay should explain what unique abilities you would bring to the M.P.M. 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

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 online application.

Personal Statement (Optional)

The Admissions Committee welcomes additional relevant information you wish to include in support of your application. In this essay, you may comment on your academic record as a measure of your potential for future graduate study in public policy or other issues you feel are relevant to the review of your application but not necessarily pertinent to your personal statement. Please upload the optional essay in the Writing Sample 1 section of the on-line 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.

MPM DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The Master of Policy Management (MPM) is a 36-credit degree program designed for policy professionals with five to seven years of substantial policy and/or management experience.

Full-time students can complete the MPM degree in one year, and part-time students can finish the program in 18 months to two years.

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