McDonough School of Business
McDonough School of Business

Executive Master’s in Leadership

The Executive Master’s in Leadership (EML) offers working professionals an in-depth study of the art and science of effective leadership behaviors.

Why EML?

The mission of the Executive Master’s in Leadership (EML) is to develop principled leaders who are steeped in an understanding of scientific process and know how to use evidence to make decisions when confronted with complex problems for themselves, their organizations, and their communities.

Diverse learning mechanisms

EML combines 12 core courses, three residencies (including a global consulting project) and personal coaching to create a challenging and dynamic learning environment. The program is delivered over a 12 month period in a hybrid format.

Program Calendar

Evidence-based knowledge

EML teaches scientifically informed leadership principles and practices, giving our students the necessary skills to separate good data from bad data to be effective decision-makers.

EML Academics

Close-knit cohort experience

EML follows a lock-step cohort format, which means that significant learning is also achieved through cohort interaction. Students come from many disciplines and backgrounds: government, military, private sector, Fortune 500, nonprofit, and higher education. This diversity adds to the academic and student experience as well as to our students’ networks.

EML Cohorts

Lifelong learning

EML alumni are able to return to the classroom through our Lifelong Learning Program (LLP) and audit up to one elective course per year with our Executive MBA program. This unique Georgetown offering enables EML alumni to refresh their knowledge, reconnect with classmates and faculty, and expand their networks with students and alumni from McDonough’s other executive degree programs.

EML Alumni Opportunities

Program Details at a Glance


month program (June start)


hybrid format


not required

Alumni Profiles

More Alumni Profiles
Julia Hodge

Julia Hodge

Vice President, Supply Chain Management at Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority”

Meet Julia

Adrian J. Nicholas (EML’15)
Program Manager at Redhorse Corporation”

Meet Adrian
Brian Snow

Brian Snow (EML’06)
General Partner at Impala Ventures”

Meet Brian

Cohort Details at a Glance


average years of experience




underrepresented minorities

Georgetown McDonough Rankings

The Executive Master’s in Leadership program builds off of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business broader reputation for academic excellence, faculty thought leadership, and student satisfaction, as reflected in national and international rankings of our school and programs.


in the world for value of the school’s brand

Bloomberg Businessweek 2019


best business school in the United States

Financial Times 2018


in the world for the school’s reputation for entrepreneurship

Bloomberg Businessweek 2019