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On-campus course options at Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education


Management candidates in good academic standing have the option to fulfill their entire on-campus requirement via a week-long, on-campus, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Executive Education program. While these programs do not count as credit toward the degree, your entire on-campus requirement would be waived once you successfully complete one, week-long program—all of your credit course work (48 credits) could be completed online. 

Eligible Programs

For over thirty years, HKS has been committed to delivering Executive Education programs that address the needs of leaders in the public, nonprofit and corporate sectors who participate in civic life around the globe. Our HKS Executive Education programs bring together practitioners, a renowned faculty and a dynamic curriculum to develop imaginative, workable solutions to the world's most pressing public problems. Our participants leave Harvard HKS with much more than knowledge. They gain new insights, a new and vibrant network of connections, and a renewed sense of purpose that strengthens their ability to serve the public interest. 

Applicable Programs Include:


Recommended years of experience

Creating Collaborative Solutions: Innovations in Governance

7+ years

Emerging Leaders

7+ years

Global Change Agents: Crossing Boundaries, Building Bridges and Leading Change

7+ years

Leading Successful Programs: Using Evidence to Assess Effectiveness

7+ years

Leadership for the 21st Century: Chaos, Conflict, and Courage

10+ years

Mastering Negotiation: Building Agreement Across Boundaries

10+ years

Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations

10+ years

Public Financial Management in a Changing World

10+ years

Women and Power: Leadership in a New World

10+ years

Program Fee

Approximately $8500, and includes tuition, housing, curricular materials, and most meals.

Alumni Status

Upon completion of the program, you'll be awarded a certificate of completion from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education and you are considered HKS Executive Education alumni (HKS EE alumni). 


  • You must receive prior approval from your academic advisor, Ben Jamieson, to participate in the program.
  • Once approved, you simply apply and register for the specific program via the HKS link
    • During the application process, please list MGMT candidate and your anticipated graduation year in response to the question "Which program(s) have you attended?"
    • Admission to the programs is selective; qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis. 
    • Application deadlines are 2 months prior to the program start date. Programs often fill to capacity, so early application is recommended.
  • If you are an international student, the I-20 certificate for the F-1 VISA is not required. You should be able to attend these noncredit programs on a standard B1 (Temporary Business Visitor) visa.
  • Once you complete the program, your program instructor will sign our Confirmation of Participation form, which we will send to the faculty member on your behalf.