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McCourt School of Public Policy

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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 25th in its Best Grad Schools guidebook.

McCourt’s mission is to tackle the complex issues of today, and inspire and empower the leaders of tomorrow. McCourt is a community of global citizens, conducting policy-relevant research, and building bridges between our work and the communities we serve.

 It has five rigorous programs:

  • Master of Public Policy (MPP)
  • Master of International Development Policy (MIDP)
  • Master of Policy Management (MPM)
  • Master of Science in Data Science for Public Policy (MS-DSPP)
  • 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, MS-DSPP, MIDP, MPM, and EMPL programs

The MPP, MS-DSPP, 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 MS-DSPP 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 40 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, 16 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.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Public Policy/Master of Science in Foreign Service (MPP/MSFS)
Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Policy (MBA/MPP)
Master of Public Policy/Juris Doctor (MPP/JD)
Master of Public Policy/Doctor of Philosophy (MPP/PhD)
Master of Public Policy/Master of Arts (MPP/MA)
Master of Public Policy (MPP) Public policy
Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) International development policy
Master in Data Science for Public Policy (MDSPP) Data science for public policy
Executive Master in Policy Leadership (EMPL) Policy leadership
Master of Policy Management (MPM) Policy management

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? No



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline January 15th Not reported Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test or GMAT
Master's Degree Requirements Minimum B average

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL IBT score: 100

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards February 1
Types of financial support available Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships


Focus of faculty research: Analytic 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 year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 37th and O Streets, NW
Old North Building
Washington, DC  20057
United States
Contact Dr. Maria Cancian
Dean, McCourt School of Public Policy
Phone: 202-687-6163

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