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 six 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.

“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
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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 courses is August 13, 2020. The Fall course fee is $775 per course.