Earn an Executive Certificate in Economic Development

economic development iconThe Economic Development concentration is for leaders focused on improving the economic, political, and social well-being of nations.

Through these executive programs, you will:

  • Learn cutting-edge strategies in economic development and financial management.
  • Enhance your leadership skills and ability to drive policy change.

Alumni with Executive Certificates in Economic Development include elected and unelected national leaders, policy experts, and leaders of multilateral finance institutions.

Executive Certificate Requirements

To earn your Executive Certificate in Economic Development, you must finish three programs within six years, at least two of which must be from the list of core programs below. Programs may be a mix of online or on-campus. You will need to apply for each program separately and complete them at your own pace within six years. You will receive a $500 discount on your final program.

Create your own learning experience by completing a minimum of 2 programs from the Economic Development concentration core programs below. Your third program may be completed from the list below OR any HKS Executive Education program (with the exception of Investment Decisions and Behavioral Finance):

Alumni from the programs listed below may also receive an Executive Certificate by completing two additional programs within six years, at least one of which must be from the list of core programs above.

  • A Cutting Edge of Economic Development
  • Budgeting in a Time of Crisis
  • COVID-19s Economic Impact and Crafting an Effective Policy Response
  • Global Change Agents
  • Leading Smart Policy Design
  • Leaders in Development
  • Moral Leadership in an Imperfect World
  • Public Finance in a Complex World
  • Public-Private Partnerships for Infrastructure
  • Rethinking Financial Inclusion
  • Trade Policy for Today's World (Formerly Mastering Trade Policy)

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Alumni Stories

Why I Pursued an Executive Certificate in Economic Development

As head of the Internationalization Unit at the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency, Isabel Tarrisse da Fontoura earned Economic Development Executive Certificate to support her effort to fight for economic development and social equality in Brazil. Read her story.