Do I need to have a specific degree or a certain amount of work experience to register for the Public Leadership Credential?

As part of the registration process, learners will need to complete our online registration form and confirm that they meet the following course requirements:

  • They have completed a bachelor’s degree.
  • They have at least five years of work experience.
  • They are proficient in English.
  • They are available to commit an estimated 10 to 12 hours per week to coursework, including a required weekly live video conference with other enrolled students around the world.

These requirements cannot be waived.

Are GRE, TOEFL, or other standardized test scores required to register?

Learners do not need to submit any standardized test scores in order to register for PLC courses.

Once I have qualified for a PLC course, where can I complete my enrollment?

If you have previously submitted our online registration form and qualified for a PLC course, you can log into the PLC Community site to enroll. An account was created for you at the time of registration. Your username for this site is your email address. You can reset your password at any time by following the “Forgot Your Password?” link on the login page.

How much does the overall PLC cost?

The tuition for the Public Leadership Credential courses is $995 per course as of January 1, 2021. The capstone fee is $500. Prices are subject to change.

What forms of payment are accepted?

We accept all major credit and debit cards: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. At this time, we do not accept alternative forms of payment, such as cash or check. Similarly, we cannot coordinate payments on behalf of registrants with outside entities. All payments must be made through our registration system.

Is financial aid available? Do you offer scholarships or discounts? Do you offer payment plans?

HKS does not provide financial aid, scholarships, discounts, or payment plans for PLC courses at this time.

Can I use federal student aid (e.g. GI Bill benefits) to pay for PLC courses?

HKS does not provide federal student aid or GI Bill benefits for PLC at this time.

Can I withdraw from a PLC course once I am enrolled?

Yes, a learner can withdraw from a PLC course at any time. Withdrawals must be requested by the learner in writing and submitted via our contact form. If a learner withdraws from a course, the PLC program will provide a full refund through the orientation start date. The PLC program will refund the tuition to the credit card used for the original payment. No refunds will be granted after the start of orientation.