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The Key Executive Leadership Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Key Executive Leadership Certificate have transformed good managers into extraordinary leaders for more than 35 years.

Aligned with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), the Key Executive Leadership MPA and Certificate prepares mid-career professionals holding a GS-12 (or above) level or equivalent NGO, private sector, or other leadership experience.

Director's Welcome


Public policy is best implemented by extraordinary leaders. We need leaders who can inspire those they lead, work and learn collaboratively, change themselves, overcome barriers to institutional change, act with integrity, facilitate useful dialogue, think strategically, and implement public policy with skill and fierce resolve.

For over 35 years, the Key Executive Leadership Programs have been working to develop extraordinary leaders. We established the program to serve and train senior-level federal executives. More...

Key in the Media

Robert Tobias, director of the Key Executive Leadership Program, discussed building a new performance culture across the federal government with Francis Rose on "In Depth" on July 9.

Robert Tobias, director of the Key Executive Leadership Program, discussed the complicated web of oversight connected with the Department of Homeland Security with Francis Rose on "In Depth" on July 22.

Events Calendar

October 4
Speaker Series: Project Management
Location: American University, Watkins Building
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm

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