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Certificate in Public Leadership

Earn a widely recognized credential that distinguishes you as a public leader.

WashU at Brookings’s Certificate in Public Leadership (CPL) strengthens your ability to lead change in a complex, uncertain world. It also provides a network of professionals from across government who share your commitment to public service and offer a wealth of knowledge and resources.

Fifteen class units of credit are required to complete your certificate. You do not have to take courses in a specific order or finish the program within a certain time frame. Class credit also is conferred for any WashU at Brookings course taught at your agency.



  • Certificate from a highly regarded institution
  • Deeper, broader leadership skills
  • Connections with leaders from across government
  • No deadline for program completion
  • Interactions with Olin Business School faculty, Brookings scholars and other subject-matter experts

Note: You must be enrolled in the CPL to receive course credit for the certificate. You also may apply up to 5 units of class credit from policy courses taken for the CPL program. There is no application or fee to enroll.

Contact or call 800-925-5730.

“Course topics were right up my alley, particularly the subject matter and tools focused on leadership, ethics and innovation. My Brookings experience was exactly what I needed.” – Certificate in Public Leadership recipient

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