Executive Education Online Programs

Harvard Kennedy School offers a suite of online executive programs designed for nonprofit and NGO managers from around the world, who are not able to attend on-campus programs. These online executive programs connect leaders across the globe through highly interactive, live sessions. This model affords the ability to balance work commitments with academics and to reflect on and implement principles in real-time.

All participants will earn a certificate upon completion of their program. An Executive Certificate with a Concentration in Nonprofit Leadership can also be earned by taking three or more programs in the online series. Discounts on subsequent programs are available.

Online executive programs at Harvard Kennedy School offer a wealth of benefits to participants, including:

Live Classes

Online programs are taught live by the same full-time Harvard University faculty who teach on campus. Participants log-in to engage in highly participatory classes driven by group discussion. Participants can see and hear one another and are expected to actively participate. Class enrollment is kept small to ensure direct feedback from faculty and peers.

Program Content

Participants are assigned readings, multimedia content, and discussion board questions prior to attending live classes. Everyone is expected to come to the live class sessions ready to reflect on their own personal and professional experiences and how these relate to the content in the preparatory work. Course content is available on our online platform 24/7 and for a year after to the conclusion of the program.


Our online programs are designed to enhance connectivity and interaction between participants and faculty. Through live classes and discussion boards, participants get to know each other’s interests and learn from one another. Participants receive direct feedback from faculty throughout the program through class discussion, message boards, office hours, and workbook assignments.


Harvard Kennedy School’s online learning modules allow participants the flexibility to learn at their own time and pace, while providing the skills needed to make an immediate impact at their organizations.

Find Your Program

Are you ready to get started? Apply today by selecting one of the online programs below.

  • Leading Nonviolent Movements for Social Progress

    Offers a unique opportunity for those engaged in nonviolent social movements to learn the strategic and tactical frameworks needed to effectively lead a successful campaign.

  • Leadership, Organizing and Action

    An online program designed to help leaders of civic associations, advocacy groups, and social movements learn how to organize communities that can mobilize power to make change.

  • Nonprofit Financial Stewardship: Concepts and Techniques for Strategic Management

    Designed to help nonprofit and non-governmental organization managers improve their financial literacy. This program is designed to assist managers in nonprofit organizations understand the tools, techniques, and concepts of good financial management.

  • Mobilizing Your Nonprofit Board

    Designed to help executives of nonprofit and non-governmental organizations engage their boards in more consequential and meaningful work that produces greater value for their organizations. The program is intended specifically for executives in nonprofit and non-governmental organizations who want to tap into the full array of talent and energy within their boards.

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