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Key Executive Leadership Programs

The Cohort Experience


In the Key Executive Leadership Programs, the word “cohort” refers to an integrated community of learners who take a prescribed sequence of courses in unison and work together in a collegial environment. 


The Key cohort experience develops a supportive environment that enhances students’ self-awareness, substantive knowledge, and skills; promotes continuous learning, reflection, and personal change; and encourages student networking and team building.

Cohorts in both the MPA and Certificate programs are capped at twenty students. Key offers two cohort scheduling options:

Program Start   


22 months

2 weekends (Fri-Sat) per month

See the cohort model in action.

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The Key Executive Leadership Programs train senior-level federal executives and managers for increased leadership positions. Explore our two primary program offerings:

96 %

of Key graduates state that the program played an important role in their professional success