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Executive Education programs at Harvard Kennedy School offer an exceptional and enriching learning experience.

Bringing together participants with a range of experiences and multiple perspectives is crucial to developing public leaders and advancing the public purpose in all sectors of society. Executive Education cohorts are carefully selected and encompass a variety of backgrounds, sectors, functions, and geography. Though the programs do not have formal education requirements, participants are typically senior executives and skillful public leaders with more than 10 years of experience.

Below, please find a general overview of Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education admissions. Additional information can be found throughout this admissions & fees section.

Application Deadlines

Please visit the program page for specific deadlines. Application deadlines are generally two months in advance of the program start date.
Programs often fill to capacity, so early application is recommended. Early application does not guarantee admission.

Notification of Acceptance

For most programs, qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis. Once the review process has begun, applicants are typically notified within three weeks via email regarding Admissions Committee decisions. This timeframe may be extended due to the volume of applications or the date of the program.

Important Reminder

The email address you provide should be one you check frequently (i.e., your own email address). All communication you receive from the HKS Executive Education department will be via email. Please add exed@hks.harvard.edu to your email address book so that your computer recognizes this email traffic and does not direct it to your spam folder.

All information submitted is confidential.