Earn an Executive Certificate in Public Policy

public policy iconThe Public Policy concentration is for experienced policymakers seeking to become more powerful catalysts for meaningful policy change. In these executive leadership programs, you will:

  • Discover how to become more efficient and effective in policy development and delivery.
  •  Learn innovative leadership skills essential for public policy experts.
  • Hone your expertise on an urgent public policy topic. 

Alumni with Executive Certificates in Public Policy include elected officials at the federal/national and local-levels, policy experts, and leaders of advocacy organizations. 

Executive Certificate Requirements

To earn your Executive Certificate in Public Policy, 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 Public Policy 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-19's Economic Impact and Crafting an Effective Policy Response
  • Creating Collaborative Solutions
  • Digital Transformation in Government
  • Driving Government Performance
  • Global Change Agents
  • Global Health and Security
  • Innovation for Economic Development
  • Leading Nonviolent Movements for Social Progress
  • Leading Smart Policy Design
  • Moral Leadership in an Imperfect World
  • Public Finance in a Complex World
  • Public-Private Partnerships for Infrastructure
  • Recovering the Public in Public Value
  • Rethinking Financial Inclusion
  • Senior Executives in State and Local Government: Leading Resilient Communities
  • Trade Policy for Today's World (Formerly Mastering Trade Policy)

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