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About the Program

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 Science in Data Science for Public Policy degree, a Master of Policy Management (MPM) degree or an Executive Master of Policy Leadership (EMPL) degree.

The MPP provides a set of core skills in economics, quantitative methods, management, and politics, enabling graduates to be highly effective in designing, analyzing and implementing policy in the US and around the globe.

The MIDP Program equips students with essential technical and analytical skills necessary to make a positive difference in the world, while delivering the expertise in politics, management, and ethics that you need to navigate the professional challenges that are commonly encountered in the public sector and the international institutions that work with them.

The MS-DSPP combines the historic strengths of McCourt’s public policy analysis curriculum with cutting-edge data science.

The MPM program strikes a balance among analytics, management, and policy substance. The program includes intensive summer classes; core required and elective courses; and a capstone project, which explores a policy question of the student’s choosing.

The EMPL equips policy professionals with the knowledge and leadership skills necessary to advance to senior leadership and executive level positions. The curriculum is designed with special attention to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) for the Senior Executive Service (SES).

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Degrees Offered

  • MPP
  • MIDP
  • MPM
  • EMPL
  • MPP/PhD in Government
  • MPP/PhD in Psychology
  • MPP/JD
  • MPP/MiM
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Admissions Requirements

For general graduate admissions requirements, visit the Office of Graduate Admission’s Application Information page. Review the program’s website for additional information on program application requirements.

Application Materials required:

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Academic Statement of Purpose
  • Optional: Statement on Diversity, Personal Background & Contributions
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
    • MPM (2 for KDI)
  • Transcripts – Applicants are required to upload to the application system copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Visit the Office of Graduate Admission’s Application Information page for additional details and FAQs.
  • Resume/CV
  • GRE (not required for MPM)
  • TOEFL/IELTS  (if applicable)
    • TOEFL = 100 minimum
    • IELTS = 7 minimum
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Application Deadlines

  • Fall:
    • December 1 (early action)
    • January 15 (priority)
    • March 1 (final)
  • Spring: MPM (KDI program only)
    • October 1
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Degree Requirements

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a 48-credit degree program, divided into 30 credits of core courses (required) including the capstone, and 18 credits of elective courses. The MPP program aims to educate students to think critically about public policy and to demonstrate a mastery of the various skills embodied in the curriculum.

The MIDP is a 48-credit degree program, divided into 36 credits of core courses, 12 credits of elective courses, a summer professional placement, and a capstone project. The core courses emphasize analytical skills and core knowledge for designing and managing sound public policy.

The Master of Science in Data Science for Public Policy (MS-DSPP) is a 39-credit degree program, divided into core (required) courses, elective courses, and seminars.

Four summer institutes (12 credits), the foundation of the MPM program, are offered in week-long sessions during the summer semester. In addition to the summer institutes, students enroll in two other core courses and five elective courses from McCourt School or University offerings.

EMPL students begin the program in August, fulfilling the requirements for their degree over the course of 16-months. During the program, students participate in ten hybrid courses each composed of a five-day, in-person experience integrated with interactive online learning over a two-week period.

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Connect with Us

Program Contact: McCourt Admissions: mccourtadmissions@georgetown.edu

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Apply Now

Begin your application today!

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