IMPORTANT NOTE: The McCourt School will pause the EMPL program after the 2021-2022 academic year. There are many factors that contributed to this decision– including our planned move to Georgetown’s Capitol Campus in 2023– after which the McCourt School will be better positioned to invest in the growth of this program. We remain committed to supporting our community of EMPL alumni next year and beyond. Please contact our admissions office if you have questions, or to discuss other similar educational opportunities at McCourt.
The McCourt School of Public Policy (MSPP) offers an Executive Master of Policy Leadership (E.M.P.L.) and an Executive Certificate in Policy Leadership. 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.
- Executive Master of Policy Leadership (E.M.P.L.)
- Executive Certificate in Policy Leadership (E.C.P.L.)
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 the Fall 2021 degree or executive certificate programs are as follows:
International Applicants: March 15, 2021
US Applicants: April 15, 2021
Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions How to Apply page.
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.
- Bachelor’s degree (or international equivalent) required.
- Seven or more years of professional experience
For information on the E.M.P.L. curriculum, please contact:
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.
Applicants are required to upload to the application system copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Visit our How to Apply page for additional details and FAQs.
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. and E.C.P.L applicants are not required to submit GRE or GMAT scores.
TOEFL or IELTS for International Students
The McCourt School TOEFL code is 5244. 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 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.
Maximum length 500 words. The essay should explain what unique abilities you would bring to the E.M.P.L. (or E.C.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