McCourt School of Public Policy

Georgetown University
Washington, DC


Details at a Glance

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Degrees Offered

Master of Public Policy
Master of International Development Policy
Master of Policy Management
Master of Science in Data Science for Public Policy

Our Program

McCourt is ranked 3rd in the US for international global policy and administration, and 14th for public policy analysis by US News & World Report.

The McCourt School offers a wide-variety of rich and rigorous programming taught by some of the leading thinkers and doers in policy. We are a diverse community committed to having a positive impact in the world, and empowering our students to do the same.

As you know, our society faces a set of complex problems– from promoting shared economic growth, to increasing access to high-quality healthcare and education, to limiting the effects of climate change. The solutions to these problems require an evidence-based and cross-disciplinary approach, rooted in an understanding of the people these solutions intend to help.

Our mission is to tackle these complex issues, while inspiring and empowering the policy leaders of tomorrow. Join our community of problem-solvers through one of these programs:

Master of Public Policy, our flagship program blending economics, quantitative skills, management and political science

Master of Science in Data Science for Public Policy, a program at the intersection of data science and quantitative public policy analysis

Master of International Development Policy, a program equipping graduates with the quantitative skills needed to have an impact in a development setting

Master of Policy Management, a mid-career program striking a balance between analytical skills and management


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  • checkbox-altAll MPP, MIDP, MS-DSPP, and MPM applicants who apply by the December 1 Early Action Deadline and the January 15 Priority Deadline are considered for merit-based scholarships.
  • checkbox-altApplicants who have not earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction must also submit official results from the TOEFL or IELTS exam.
  • checkbox-altThe GRE is required but we will accept waiver requests for applicants who wish to apply for the Fall 2022 entry term. The GRE is not required for applicants to the MPM program.

Additional Requirements

For a complete list of application requirements please visit our Admissions Checklist page:

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted from July 15 - March 1.

Those applying with a completed application by the Early Action Deadline of December 1 will be considered for scholarship and they will be notified of their decision by mid-January. Those applying with a completed application by the Priority Deadline of January 15 will also be considered for scholarship and they will be notified of their decision by mid-March.

**International applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by the Priority Deadline.**

The Final Deadline for application submission is March 1. Those applying with a completed application by March 1 will be notified of their decision by mid-April. They will only be considered for scholarships if funds are still available.

Student Body

  • Total Students

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Clubs & Associations

Start Changing the World Today at the McCourt School

We are a community of global citizens, conducting policy-relevant research, and building bridges between our work and the communities we serve.

McCourt Student Association

The McCourt Student Association (MSA) serves as the student government at the McCourt School of Public Policy. MSA works to facilitate communication and collaboration among students, administrators, and faculty as well as to enhance the academic, social, and professional experiences of McCourt students.

Throughout the year, MSA provides support to student groups and promotes ingenuity and engagement by funding student-driven initiatives that extend graduate learning beyond the classroom. MSA-sponsored programming ranges from speaker series on cutting-edge policy issues, policy debates, skills workshops, and brown bag lunches with faculty to sightseeing tours of D.C., community service projects, and networking happy hours with alumni. MSA also builds community at McCourt by hosting social and diversity events including an international potluck and cultural festival, trivia nights, election watch parties, student-faculty holiday mixers, and the annual end-of-year student gala and graduation dinner.

To ensure that student feedback is incorporated into every aspect of student life, MSA holds State of the McCourt School forums with administrators and encourages student participation in opinion surveys on the McCourt experience. MSA maintains a website for student information, including event calendars and resource guides, as well as social media accounts tracking school news.

McCourt Student Association Facebook page

McCourt Doing Things Instagram page

Georgetown Public Policy Review

The Georgetown Public Policy Review (GPPReview) is a nonpartisan, student-run media organization. GPPReview’s mission is to provide an outlet for innovative new thinkers and established policymakers to offer perspectives on the politics and policies that shape our nation and our world. Approximately 50 dedicated staff members work to produce and promote a print publication, The Georgetown Public Policy Review as well as an online blog, GPPReview Online, to achieve this mission.

Print Publications: The Georgetown Public Policy Review is a peer reviewed, academic journal. The Review focuses each issue around a theme addressed with relevant articles and high-profile interviews that contribute to the thoughtful discourse of public policy.

Online Publications: GPPReview Online is a blog offering substantive, timely policy analysis and diverse perspectives on current issues. GPPReview Online sheds new light on important subjects that often miss the attention of the media, thus serving as a valuable resource for students, faculty, practitioners and journalists.

Policy Forums: GPPReview hosts policy forums designed to bring policymakers and students together in conversation. The forums’ purpose is to provide a venue for policymakers to showcase research and share opinions and for students to be exposed to the wealth of policy expertise housed in Washington, D.C.

Social Events: Each year, GPPReview hosts several social events to raise money for the organization’s operational expenses.

Georgetown Public Policy Review Facebook page

Georgetown Public Policy Review on Twitter: @gppolicyreview

The Latin American Policy Association

The Latin American Policy Association (LAPA) was developed in the Spring of 2015. LAPA’s mission is to promote the discussion, debate and analysis of policies and political issues relevant for the Latin American region. The Latin American Policy Association seeks to disseminate knowledge and awareness about Latin American issues and policies among the McCourt School community, in addition to advancing the interests of Latin American students in the McCourt School and in the larger Georgetown community.

LAPA on Twitter: @LapaGeorgetown

LAPA Facebook page 

Women in Public Policy Initiative

The Women in Public Policy Initiative (WPPI) is dedicated to developing exceptional female leaders in public policy and increasing awareness of issues that disproportionately affect women and girls through strategic partnerships, service, and advocacy. As an organization, we strive to increase the visibility of women in the policy arena both inside and outside of the immediate Georgetown University community. We seek to provide an inclusive forum for McCourt students interested in issues pertaining to women in politics and public policy, to support the professional development and skills of female students, and to connect current students with alumni and professionals in the field. During the academic year, we host a number of events including speaker series, networking events, and policy discussions. Membership is open to all interested McCourt School students regardless of gender, political affiliation, race, or sexual orientation.

McCourt School Women in Public Policy Initiative Facebook page

The LGBTQ+ Policy Initiative

The LGBTQ+ Policy Initiative at the McCourt School of Public Policy ​exists to provide research-driven advocacy in the Georgetown community, on the Hill, and at organizations around the world. LPI's mission is to ​a​dvocate for LGBTQ+ individuals through analytically rigorous mechanics​.

The LGBTQ+ Policy Initiative​ website


EduWonks is Georgetown's premier education policy student organization. EduWonks facilitates policy dialogue, professional growth experiences, and interdisciplinary collaboration through our speaker events, policy chats, and service initiatives in the DC community. Last year's notable events included Kaya Henderson, Chancellor of DC Public Schools, and a yearlong policy thesis mentoring program with Cesar Chavez PCS.

EduWonks meets in person twice per month and welcomes all McCourt students to apply for roles. In the coming years EduWonks plans to diversify their speaker series, increase the reach and impact of their service initiatives, and create a comprehensive database of recommended internships and alumni contacts in the education sector.

EduWonks Facebook page

East Asian Policy Association

East Asian Policy Association (EAPA) aims to create a platform engaging McCourt students in discussions related to East Asian policies and political issues, and providing career development opportunities for students pursuing a career in East Asian policy fields.

EAPA hosts many events exploring topics related to East Asian region with engaging researchers and experts in governments, think tanks and international organizations. This has included policy discussion panels on regional economic relations, political population challenges, climate change, and social innovations. EAPA also hosts networking events for providing career opportunities and culture events for providing unique access to East Asian culture.

EAPA Facebook page

AfriKa: African Policy Student Association

AfriKa: African Policy Student Association was created in the Spring of 2018. Our mission is to create a student platform that disseminates knowledge, enhances awareness and motivates interest about African policy and development challenges and opportunities among the McCourt School of Public Policy and the larger Georgetown University (GU) communities. AfriKa seeks to provide McCourt & GU students interested in Africa an opportunity to analyze and discuss public policies and political events relevant to the region.


AFRIKA Instagram page

AFRIKA Facebook page

South Asian Policy and Research Initiative

The South Asian Policy and Research Initiative (SAPRI) is a student-led initiative dedicated to raising awareness on the critical development challenges facing economies in South Asia and promoting evidence-based policies in the region. By engaging with policymakers, researchers, development practitioners, and other policy experts, SAPRI will also strive to be a resource for all students interested in exploring relevant research and employment opportunities relating to South Asian economic development.

SAPRI Facebook page

 Georgetown Technology Policy Initiative (GTPI)

The Georgetown Technology Policy Initiative (GTPI) fosters community and discussion among students interested in technology and public policy, hosts events and organizes field trips to educate McCourt students and the broader university community on current issues in the field, and connects students to experts and career opportunities in technology policy.

GTPI Facebook page

GTPI on Twitter: @gutechpolicy

McCourt Energy & Environment

Energy and environmental concerns are among the most important challenges facing policy makers today. Federal, state, and local lawmakers will all face policy choices related to climate change in the coming years. These may include how to: ensure coastal cities are resilient in the face of rising sea levels and storm surge, address reduced water supply in agriculture, find new sources of power that ensure an operational electric grid during natural disasters, increase energy efficiency in industrial, commercial, and residential sectors, address public health concerns by improving air and water quality, secure a sustainable food supply for growing populations, and much more.

McCourt Energy & Environment Facebook page

on Twitter: @McCourtEE

McCourt Policy in Practice (MPiP)

McCourt Policy in Practice, Dominican Republic. McCourt Policy in Practice (formerly known as Project Honduras) is the McCourt School's sustainable development project providing students with the unique opportunity to apply public policy skills learned in the classroom to an underserved community in the Dominican Republic (formerly in Honduras).

MPiP webpage

What Our Students Say

  • I chose McCourt because of the distinguished reputation of Georgetown University and the McCourt School of Public Policy along with their location at the heart of the policy-making world in Washington, D.C.

    Vadim Abanin, MPP ‘19
  • Located in the heart of Washington, DC, there’s no better School to learn how to rigorously analyze, understand, and address today’s policy challenges than at McCourt. 

    O. Felix Obi, MPM ‘11
  •  I started as a full-time MPP student, and the administration was incredibly helpful when I decided to transition to the MPP-EP program. Because of this, I am able to work full-time at the Brookings Institution while completing graduate school part-time. 

    Caitlin Chin, MPP ‘20

Tuition & Financial Aid

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