Expand AU Menu

Key Executive Leadership Programs

  • Key Executive Leadership Conference
  • Now Accepting Nominations
  • Scholarships Available
  • Key Information Sessions
  • Celebrating SPA's 80th Anniversary

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

Patrick Malone The job of running a democracy is not an easy one, and the implementation of public policy requires extraordinary leadership. Today's challenging environment demands leaders who are willing to: grow a mindset that can make sense of a complex environment; diagnose and change their behavior; inspire those they lead; work and learn collaboratively; overcome barriers to institutional change; act with integrity; facilitate reflective and productive dialogue, think strategically, and implement public policy with pristine skill and fierce resolve. More...



More News

Key in the Media

Robert Tobias, distinguished practitioner-in-residence, spoke with Federal News Radio on March 30 about why the federal government is comprised of such a small percentage of young people.

Robert Tobias, distinguished practitioner-in-residence, wrote an op-ed for Government Executive arguing that Congress owes Americans "the same duty of care from Congress that stockholders would receive from a private sector board of directors.

Events Calendar

April 15
Key Executive Leadership Information Session
Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

May 2
Key Executive Leadership Speaker Series: Dr. Susan Collins
Location: TBD
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Full Calendar