Our Offerings

The courses offered at Harvard Kennedy School provide an enriching curricular experience, and are organized around our seven academic areas. They include core courses that are required for earning a degree, along with electives, modules and January-term options to cater to different interests and schedules.

While classroom learning is integral to an HKS education, it is elevated by the many extra-curricular activities and programs, including lectures, seminars, brown bags, conferences and experiential learning, on- and off-campus.

Course Number

Course Title


API-501 Policy Design and Delivery
DPI-415 Comparative Politics and Policy
DPI-535 Making Change When Change is Hard: the Law, Politics, and Policy of Social Change
DPI-670M Preventing Digital Disaster: Why Digital Implementations So Often Go Badly
DPI-671M Disrupting Bureaucracy: Understanding Recent Efforts in Digital Government
DPI-691M Programming and Data for Policymakers
DPI-892 Strategic Communications for Policy Change: Practical Strategies for Influencing a Better World
IGA-112 The Politics and Ethics of Statecraft
IGA-211 Central Challenges of American National Security, Strategy, and the Press
IGA-282 Leading the National Security Enterprise
Ash CarterFaculty
IGA-353M Middle East Field Study Course: Humanitarian Negotiations on the Frontlines
IGA-455 Leadership in Environmental Conflicts
IGA-685 Negotiating U.S. Interests in an Evolving Asia Pacific
John ParkFaculty
MLD-103M PDIA in Action: Development Through Facilitated Emergence
MLD-283M Leadership in Negotiations: Away from the Table, Everything it Takes to Get the Job Done
MLD-322 The Art and Adventures of Public Leadership
MLD-342 Persuasion: The Science and Art of Effective Influence
Gary OrrenFaculty
MLD-352 The Leadership System: Leaders, Followers, Contexts
MLD-381 Mitigating and Managing a Crisis
MLD-412 Greater Boston Applied Field Lab: Advanced Budgeting, Financial Management and Operations