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.

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Featured Course Guides

Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Course Number

Course Title


API-114 Econometric Methods for Applied Research I
API-141 Finance
Akash DeepFaculty
API-203M Empirical Methods II
API-205 Politics and Policies: What Is the Impact of Data and AI?
API-501 Policy Design and Delivery I
BGP-510Y HKS-HBS Joint Degree First-Year Seminar
Shawn ColeFaculty
DEV-210 Public Finance in Theory and Practice
DPI-208 Moral Practice for Public Leadership
DPI-851M Data and Information Visualization
Hong QuFaculty
IGA-385 Strategizing for Human Rights: Moving from Ideals to Practice
MLD-102 Getting Things Done: Management in a Development Context
MLD-103M PDIA in Action: Development Through Facilitated Emergence
MLD-111 Challenges and Choices in Transportation Policy
MLD-125 What Works in Public Sector Management
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-215 Negotiation and Leadership: Essential Theory and Practice for Enhancing Your Personal Effectiveness
MLD-220M Fundamentals of Negotiation Analysis and Practice
MLD-223 Negotiating Across Differences
MLD-234M Conducting Negotiation on the Frontlines
Claude BruderleinInstructor
MLD-257M Why Won’t You Listen to Me? Understanding People, Conflict, and People in Conflict
MLD-280 Advanced Workshop in Multiparty Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
MLD-304 Science of Behavior Change
MLD-310 Behavioral Science for Inclusive Organizations
MLD-326 Principles and Politics When Running for Office
MLD-340M Power and Influence for Positive Impact
MLD-355 Public Narrative
MLD-370 Social Movements: The Art and Science of Social Change
MLD-375 Creating Justice in Real Time: Vision, Strategies and Campaigns
MLD-377M Organizing: People, Power, Change
MLD-378M Organizing: People, Power and Change Practicum
MLD-381 Mitigating and Managing a Crisis
MLD-385 Leading through Public Crises: High-Stakes Decision-Making in Chaotic Events
MLD-401M Financial Analysis of Public and Nonprofit Organizations
MLD-411M Introduction to Budgeting and Financial Management
MLD-412 Greater Boston Applied Field Lab: Advanced Budgeting, Financial Management and Operations
MLD-420 Federal Budget Policy
Howell JacksonInstructor
MLD-427 Strategic Finance for Nonprofit Leaders
MLD-502 Developing People
MLD-515M Serving the Public Good: Planning for Career and Life
MLD-601 Operations Management
Mark FaganFaculty
MLD-605M Systems Thinking and Supply Chain Management: Climate, Poverty and Human Rights
Mark FaganFaculty
MLD-615M Mixed Methods Analytics for Leaders and Policy Makers
MLD-617M Effective Implementation: Learning from Effective Implementers
MLD-618 Leadership, Social Change, and its Challenges: Boston as a Case Study
Ira JacksonInstructor/Staff
MLD-620M The Data Smart City: Driving Innovation with Technology
MLD-630 Government Turnarounds
MLD-634M Managing the Private Delivery of Public Value
MLD-636 Managing Transformations in Healthcare
MLD-802M Nonprofit Management and Leadership