Certificate in Public Leadership

Earn a credential that distinguishes you as a public leader.

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Built with the leader in mind.

WashU at Brookings’ Certificate in Public Leadership strengthens your ability to lead change in a complex, uncertain world. Build your network with professionals from across government who share your commitment to public service. Class credit is also conferred for any WashU at Brookings course taught at your agency.

A Program That Works for You


Open to all US

federal, state and local government employees


15 course units

a maximum of 5 units from policy courses can apply


course formats

live virtual and in-person


No deadline

for program completion

Partners in Excellence

The Brookings Institution

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society.

Washington University in St. Louis, Olin School of Business

Through its Values Based, Data Driven approach to decision-making, WashU Olin works to equip students to lead and find solutions that will do the most good.

WashU at Brookings

WashU at Brookings is a partnership between the Brookings Institution and Washington University’s Olin Business School, designed to “teach the art of handling problems” to those in and engaged with government. Learn more here.