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.

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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.

To achieve this, EML students, over the course of 12 months, embark on a comprehensive leadership journey marked by:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Program Details at a Glance


month program (June start)


class weekends in an alternating format


not required


global consulting project

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Alumni Perspectives

Judy Jenkins (EML’14)

Associate Director, State Government Affairs and Advocacy at Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Brian Snow (EML’06)

General Partner at Impala Ventures

Julia Hodge

Vice President, Supply Chain Management at Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

Adrian J. Nicholas (EML’15)

Program Manager at Redhorse Corporation

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Cohort Details at a Glance

30 students

Average Cohort Size


average years of experience




U.S. underrepresented minorities

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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.

4th in the world fro value of the school's brand
The McDonough School of Business is the 12th best business school in the U.S.
The McDonough School of Business is 4th in the world for the school's reputation for entrepreneurship
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Join Our June 2023 Intake

The next EML intake launches in June 2023. We welcome the opportunity to connect with you throughout the admissions process to learn more about your background and interests.

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