The Cohort Experience

a Key cohort

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:

Two cohort scheduling options offered by the Key Executive Leadership Program.
Program Start Duration Meets


22 months

2 weekends (Fri-Sat) per month 8:30am-3:30pm


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

96 percent

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