McCourt School of Public Policy Georgetown University

McCourt School of Public Policy Georgetown University

Washington, DC
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January 15
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10 Degrees Offered
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The Nationally-ranked McCourt School of Public Policy

The McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University is among the top-ranked public policy graduate schools in the United States. In fact, "U.S. News & World Report" ranked it 15th in its Best Grad Schools guidebook.

Its mission is to provide students with the analytic and quantitative skills to design, implement, and evaluate policies; conduct policy research; and recommend effective solutions for critical issues that impact the nonprofit, private, and public sectors. It has five rigorous programs:

  • Master of Public Policy (MPP)
  • Master of International Development Policy (MIDP)
  • Master of Policy Management (MPM)
  • Master of Data Science for Public Policy (MDSPP)
  • Executive Master of Policy Leadership (EMPL)

The school works to maintain a diverse student body with a wide-variety of cultural, professional, and educational backgrounds. Its location in Washington, D.C. places students in the center of the policy world and provides them with teachers and speakers who are top policy practitioners. It also gives them access to the largest concentration of policy jobs and internships in the world.

Advantages of the MPP, MDSPP, MIDP, MPM, and EMPL programs

The MPP, MDSPP, and MIDP programs train students to think critically and carefully about policy issues. The MPM and EMPL programs equip mid-career policy professionals with the management and leadership skills to advance their careers.

Dual degree programs enable students to combine two skill sets and increase career and networking opportunities. Students also benefit from several policy engagement and global learning opportunities including a dual degree with the University of Geneva, a Spring Break immersion experience, a sustainable development service-learning project, and four study abroad options.

Program curricula

The 48-credit MPP provides core skills in economics, management, politics, and quantitative methods. It has core and elective courses as well as a capstone project. Through core and elective courses, the 39-credit MDSPP equips students with advanced analytical, computational, and governance skills. The 48-credit MIDP, which focuses on technical and analytical skills, has core and elective courses, a capstone project, and a professional placement.

The 36-credit MPM balances substance, management, and analytics within specific policy areas. It consists of core and elective courses, a capstone project, and four summer institutes. The 30-credit EMPL has an interdisciplinary curriculum that provides special attention to the Executive Core Qualifications for the Senior Executive Service.

Rewarding student research

Coursework and internships make it possible for students to strengthen their research skills, understand societal issues, and work to solve these issues. For example, Stephanie Keller Hudiburg co-published research about the gender wage gap during her internship at the Institute for Women's Policy Research.

Influential faculty members

The McCourt School's 22 core and full-time faculty and nearly 90 adjunct faculty are intellectual leaders in their fields. They are policy scholars and practitioners who regularly advise government entities about a wide range of issues including child welfare, education reform, and job creation.

Professor George Akerlof conducts research concerning economic issues and serves as a trustee for Economists for Peace and Security. He made a significant contribution to the development of behavioral economics, and he was a senior economist at the President's Council of Economic Advisers. In 2001, he was a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.

Innovative research

The McCourt School's world-renowned faculty members and research centers conduct cutting-edge research and recommend solutions to problems in many areas including the following:

  • Economic Security
  • Education
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Health and Healthcare
  • International Development

In addition, 15 professional and research training centers in Washington, D.C. are affiliated with the school. As a result, students obtain assistantships with organizations engaged in professional and research training in Congress, health policy, international development, and social policy.

Financial aid

McCourt School students may qualify for these financial resources:

  • McCourt Scholars Program that covers tuition, mandatory fees, and health insurance and provides a stipend
  • Merit-based scholarships, graduate assistantships, and fellowships
  • Federal loans
  • Employment programs
  • Scholarships and fellowships from private foundations and federal agencies
  • Private loans
  • Veterans benefits

Meaningful career opportunities

McCourt School graduates thrive in the multilateral, nonprofit, private, and public sectors. Graduate surveys revealed that 92% of MPP students and 95% of MIDP students in the class of 2016 were employed or had accepted positions six months after graduation.

The school's robust career resources help graduates obtain meaningful and challenging public policy positions.

Engaging student life

The McCourt School provides an energetic and engaged community that meets the needs of a diverse student body. Typically, 30% to 40% of MPP students are international students and are on average 25 years of age when they begin the program.

Students work together across degree programs and bring diverse experiences and perspectives to the school's unique community of scholars. They are engaged at Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., and with international communities through student-run organizations and programs such as the following:

  • McCourt School Annual Student Conference
  • The Georgetown Public Policy Review
  • McCourt Policy in Practice
  • Center for Social Justice
  • Graduate Student Government
  • Study abroad programs

In addition, the school has programs for international students including the Curricular Practical Training and Optional Practical Training programs.

About Georgetown University

Established in 1789, Georgetown University is the nation's oldest Jesuit university and one of the world's top academic and research institutions. It focuses on educating the whole person through exposure to diverse beliefs, cultures, and faiths.

According to "U.S. News & World Report's" 2018 rankings, Georgetown University is the 20th Best National University, 4th Best College for Veterans, and 26th Best Values School.

Historic and vibrant location

Georgetown University is located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., which is situated in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. The community has historic landmarks; first-rate shopping venues; and a variety of bars, cafes, and restaurants.

Washington, D.C. is known nationally for its cultural institutions including the Lincoln Theater, National Symphony Orchestra, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Smithsonian Institution. It also has a vast park system, exciting nightlife, family-friendly attractions, special events, and professional sports teams.

Location & Contact

McCourt School of Public Policy

Georgetown University

37th and O Streets, NW Old North Building
Washington, DC 20057
United States

Dr. Michael Bailey

Dean, McCourt School of Public Policy

Phone: 202-687-6163

Dr. Adam Thomas

Director of Admissions

Phone: 202-687-9186

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Policy Leadership Executive Master in Policy Leadership (EMPL)
    • Data Science For Public Policy Master in Data Science for Public Policy (MDSPP)
    • Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Policy (MBA/MPP)
      Master of Public Policy/Doctor of Philosophy (MPP/PhD)
      Master of Public Policy/Juris Doctor (MPP/JD)
      Master of Public Policy/Master of Arts (MPP/MA)
      Master of Public Policy/Master of Science in Foreign Service (MPP/MSFS)
    • International Development Policy Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) [International Development]
    • Policy Management Master of Policy Management (MPM)
    • Public Policy Master of Public Policy (MPP)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $90
    • Application Fee - International $90
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE or GMAT General Test, minimum B average
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchAnalytic methods, data analysis, development policy, economic policy, education policy, environmental and energy policy, federalism, health and healthcare policy, international economic policy, leadership, policy analysis, politics and political strategy, poverty and social policy, public and nonprofit management, state and local government, urban policy
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported



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