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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.

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Featured Course Guides

Academic Year 2020 - 2021

Course Number

Course Title


MLD-103M PDIA in Action: Development Through Facilitated Emergence
MLD-113M Strategy and Decision
MLD-201 Exercising Leadership: The Politics of Change
MLD-202 Leadership from the Inside Out: The Capacity to Lead and Stay Alive–Self, Identity, and Freedom
MLD-210M Enhancing Your Personal Leadership Effectiveness
MLD-220M Fundamentals of Negotiation Analysis
MLD-223 Negotiating Across Differences
MLD-224 Behavioral Science of Negotiations
MLD-234 Conducting Negotiation on the Frontlines
MLD-280M Advanced Workshop in Multiparty Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
MLD-301 Leadership Decision Making
MLD-304 Science of Behavior Change
MLD-322 The Art and Adventures of Public Leadership
MLD-342 Persuasion: The Science and Art of Effective Influence
Gary OrrenFaculty
MLD-349M Bad Leadership: Diagnosis to Prognosis
MLD-352 The Leadership System: Leaders, Followers, Contexts
MLD-355 Public Narrative
MLD-375 Creating Justice in Real Time: Vision, Strategies and Campaigns
MLD-377 Organizing: People, Power, Change
MLD-381 Mitigating and Managing a Crisis