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Designed by the renowned Harvard Kennedy School faculty, the Public Leadership Credential is an online professional credential program that gives change-makers the skills and knowledge necessary to advance the public good and make an immediate impact in their communities. 
This unique credential program is comprised of 6 six-week courses, including Evidence for Decisions, Policy Design and Delivery, and Leadership and Ethics, that foster an active and engaged learning environment for participants. Each course provides educational experiences that are similar to the ones found on campus.

Designed to draw on the unique pedagogical strategies from our faculty members, the courses feature learning modules, case studies, and structured group activities to help learners develop critical thinking skills to improve the public good and become effective public leaders.

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“A unique opportunity to learn from world-class faculty. The material was challenging, the online platform simulated an immersive class, and the small group discussions were a highlight. I value this dynamic network of peers even after the course ended."

- PLC Pilot Participant, 2019

Why the Public Leadership Credential?

  • Learn 100 percent online
  • Equip yourself with a toolkit for taking immediate action in your community
  • Enroll in one course, take multiple courses, or complete all six courses and the capstone to earn the credential
  • Become eligible to apply for a special pathway to Harvard Kennedy School’s MC/MPA Degree
  • Become eligible to apply for a special pathway to Harvard Extension School’s Master of Liberal Arts program in Government

Distinguished Scholars and Practitioners

The Public Leadership Credential (PLC) taps the expertise of Harvard Kennedy School faculty members, who develop and direct the coursework. Each six-week course was created to engage learners in an active and meaningful way through case-based teaching, simulations, and peer interaction.

Practical, Immediate Tools

A credential program designed for real-world application, the PLC program equips learners with the skills to make policy, solve public problems, and lead organizations and communities. Those who complete all six courses and wish to earn the credential must complete an online capstone assessment, which encompasses the content of all courses.

A Global Network of Peers

The PLC connects learners with like-minded peers through small-group work and other collaborative activities. Learners will benefit from the experiences and perspectives of other community leaders and changemakers while building connections that foster a lifetime of growth.

The Public Leadership Credential also provides a potential pathway to the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA), allowing those who complete the credential, including a capstone assessment, to apply to the MC/MPA Program and—if admitted—the opportunity to count Public Leadership Credential courses toward the MC/MPA degree.

Read a Q&A with Faculty Director Dan Levy on the Public Leadership Credential.

The next registration deadline for Fall B courses is October 15, 2020. The Fall course fee is $775 per course.

Learn how you can lock in current pricing on all PLC courses before prices increase on January 1, 2021.

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