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Develop a Toolkit for Improving the Public Good

Whatever your goals for change in your community, job, or industry, the Public Leadership Credential offers a series of courses to help you improve your decision-making, leadership, and policymaking skills. Whether you decide to enroll in one course or complete the entire credential, you will develop a toolkit of skills to take immediate action while you learn. The 100 percent online program is a reflection of Harvard Kennedy School’s mission of improving public policy and public leadership to create a safer, freer, and more prosperous world for everyone.

This unique credential program is comprised of six six-week courses, including Evidence for Decisions, Leadership and Ethics, and Policy Design and Delivery, that foster an active and engaged learning environment for participants. These three areas map into a set of skills that are needed for every public leader to be effective.

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. 

Path to credential


Who Should Enroll?

The ideal learners for the Public Learning Credential are creative, dedicated, and driven by a desire to serve, and they are individuals who have at least five years of work experience and a bachelor’s degree. To learn more, visit our requirements page.

Why Choose Harvard Kennedy School?

Harvard Kennedy School educates public leaders and generates the ideas that this moment in history demands. Our mission is to improve public policy and public leadership across the United States and around the world so that people can achieve safer, freer, and more prosperous lives.

Harvard Kennedy School experience is defined by academic rigor and excellence, as well as a vibrant exchange of ideas and perspectives. Our renowned faculty and trailblazing research centers create public leaders who champion bold new ideas and policy approaches.

The PLC also provides eligibility to apply for 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.