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Senior Executives in State and Local Government, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 days
, MA,
Senior executives in state and local governments face greater demands from a skeptical public today than at any time in recent decades. Across the country, revenues have fallen sharply, the need for services has spiked, and trust in government has plummeted.
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To exercise effective leadership in this difficult environment, officials in government and nonprofit organizations need the knowledge and skills to develop creative solutions under tight constraints and increased public scrutiny.

The Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government provides a balance of traditional and hands-on learning experiences to help seasoned public officials meet the changing needs of their constituents and communities. In particular, this program enables participants to become more effective public managers by:

  • Challenging assumptions about how to exercise leadership in the public sector.
  • Developing new conceptual frameworks for addressing policy issues.
  • Examining innovative partnerships and new models of collaborative governance.
  • Exploring the relationship between citizens and their government.
  • Understanding the behavioral dimensions of decision-making.
  • Exchanging ideas with experienced faculty and a diverse group of colleagues.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 days
  • Languages
    • English
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  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Key topics covered during the program will include the following:

  • Leadership - Exercising leadership without authority, and analyzing and managing dynamics that impede progress.
  • Negotiations - Moving beyond positional bargaining to build strong, resilient relationships with key partners.
  • Public/Private Partnerships - Creating new and non-traditional alliances among the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build support for effective solutions.
  • Cooperative Governance - Developing new operational methods and governance arrangements that can increase capacity and reduce costs.
  • Behavioral Decision Making - Reducing decision biases in an organization, and designing smart accountability systems for decision-making.


English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

  • Schedule a TOEFL® test
  • Schedule an IELTS test

Academic Requirements

  • Admission is selective, based on professional achievement and a proven commitment to public service. There is no formal educational requirement.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential.
  • Early application is encouraged as qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis and programs often fill to capacity. Because of the interactive nature of this program, the number of participants is limited. Applications received after the deadline will be considered only if space remains in the class.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    12700 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12700 USD per module and a duration of 18 days.
  • National

    12700 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12700 USD per module and a duration of 18 days.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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