Harvard Kennedy School is the global leader of public policy and public leadership education and is committed to advancing public purpose throughout society.

Designed by faculty at Harvard Kennedy School, the Public Leadership Credential (PLC) 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.

Whatever a learner’s goals are for change in their community, job, or industry, the Public Leadership Credential offers a series of courses to help learners improve their decision-making, leadership, and policymaking skills. Each course was developed to foster outcomes and 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.

The PLC also provides a potential pathway to the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA), allowing those who complete the credential to apply to the MC/MPA Program and—if admitted—the opportunity to count PLC courses toward the MC/MPA degree. Learners can complete the PLC in as little as 11 months (six six-week courses plus an online capstone assessment that serves as a cumulative learning experience leading to a credential) or at a pace that fits their individual schedules and needs.

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