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.


  • Open to all U.S. federal, state and local government employees
  • 15 total class units (a maximum of five units from policy courses can apply)
  • Ethics in Action: Leading with Integrity class
  • Active class participation


  • 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.  There is no application or fee to enroll.

Contact registrar@brookings.edu 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