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, a Master of Science in Data Science for Public Policy 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)


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

Application Deadlines

Spring 2022 (MPM/GMP program only)

October 1, 2021 (final)

Summer 2022 (MPM only)

December 1, 2021 (Early Action, Scholarship)

January 15, 2022 (priority deadline for scholarship consideration and strongly recommended for international applicants)

March 1, 2022 (final)

(Note: Those applying with a completed application by December 1st, 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 Information page.


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.


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

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

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.


Applicants are required to upload to the application system copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Visit our Application Information page for additional details and FAQs.


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 5244. For the IELTS, see

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


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


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.