The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University seeks to improve public policy and public leadership around the world to enable communities and their citizens to lead safer, more prosperous, and more fulfilling lives. We pursue that goal through teaching, research, and direct engagement with policymakers and public leaders.


Harvard Kennedy School is a place where ideas meet practice. This approach is embodied in our faculty of prominent scholars and leading practitioners from around the globe. Their commitment to exceptional teaching and groundbreaking research brings intellectual rigor as well as hands-on public policy experience into our classrooms. We currently have approximately 200 faculty including tenured and emeritus professors, assistant and associate professors, lecturers, and adjunct faculty members.


Almost 1,100 full-time students are enrolled in our Master's degree and Doctoral programs. They come from nearly 200 countries and territories, in various stages of their academic and professional careers.

Executive Education

We have delivered executive education programs for over 40 years to more than 50,000 participants. Today, more than 4,000 professionals across all sectors and from more than 150 countries participate annually in our suite of executive education programs.


Our leadership team includes Dean Douglas Elmendorf, who sets the school's broad strategic direction; the Academic Deans, Iris Bohnet and Suzanne Cooper, who develop and execute the school's academic, teaching and curriculum functions; and Executive Dean Janney Wilson, who oversees critical school operations.


Our campus is located in Harvard Square, along the Charles River in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dedicated in 1978, the campus recieved an expansion in 2018 which included an additional 91,000 square feet of new classrooms, office and convening spaces. The new campus offers additional and improved teaching and study spaces, and creates a physical environment that supports greater collaboration and active learning. Six new classrooms, a new Student Lounge, and 15 new team rooms are among the new spaces, all of which were made possible through generous philanthropy.


Harvard Kennedy School has more than 63,000 alumni worldwide, including those who graduated from a Master’s degree program and those who completed an executive education program. Our alumni continue their HKS experience in nearly 30 regional alumni networks and shared interest groups.