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.
Evidence for Decisions
- Course A, Evidence for Decisions: From Descriptions to Decisions
- Course B, Evidence for Decisions: Causes and Consequences
Use analytical methods and empirical evidence to describe multifaceted problems, identify and evaluate the findings to demonstrate impact, and learn how to think carefully and systematically about how policies and programs affect the world.
The following are faculty guests in the Evidence for Decisions courses:
Leadership and Ethics
- Course A, Leadership and Ethics: Moral Leadership in Personal Practice
- Course B, Leadership and Ethics: Moral Leadership in Organizations and Society
Examine the difference between possessing authority and exercising leadership, identify nuances of personal and community values, and gain the tools to advance public value and justice in society.
The following are faculty guests in the Leadership and Ethics courses:
Policy Design and Delivery
- Course A, Policy Design and Delivery: A Systematic Approach
- Course B, Policy Design and Delivery: Innovation and Scaling
Develop strategies to analyze public policy challenges, create solutions for difficult problems, design ways to scale solutions, and learn to innovate within a system.
Each course was developed in collaboration with a Harvard Kennedy School faculty member and learning lead to foster outcomes and 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.
The Learning Experience
Courses consist of three areas—Evidence for Decisions, Leadership and Ethics, and Policy Design and Delivery, —each made up of two six-week courses. These three areas map into a set of skills that are needed for every public leader to be effective. Participation in the program requires 10 to 12 hours per week dedicated to reading, viewing multimedia materials, participating in group learning activities and discussions with peers, and completing interactive assignments.
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.
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.