HKS Elective Courses in Management, Leadership, and Decision Sciences

The HKS Courses below qualify towards The MLD Certificate

(Current Harvard students should visit my.harvard for detailed schedule information, availability of courses offered in multiple sections within a given semester, and those offered in more than one module or semester. Core required courses, e.g., MLD-220M and MLD-501M, are not listed below as they do not count towards the MLD Certificate.)



Negotiation & Decision Sciences

Leadership Development

MLD-201-A         Exercising Leadership: The Politics of Change (Chipungu)
MLD-201-B         Exercising Leadership: The Politics of Change (O’Brien)
MLD-201-C         Exercising Leadership: The Politics of Change (O’Doherty)
MLD-323         Authentic Leadership Development (Born; Not offered AY18)
MLD-325         Becoming a Leader (Gergen)
MLD-355M      Public Narrative: Self, Us, Now (Ganz)
MLD-356M      Public Narrative: Loss, Difference, Power, and Change (Ganz)
MLD-364         Leadership from the Inside Out: The Personal Capacity to Lead and Stay Alive (Heifetz; Spring 2018 Module version also eligible)
MLD-617M         Effective Implementation: Learning from Effective Implementers (Hartmann)
DPI-330-A           The Making of a Politician (Jarding)
DPI-330-B           The Making of a Politician (Jarding)

Leadership Studies

MLD-329         Power and Glory in Turbulent Times: The History of Leadership from Henry V to Steve Jobs (Koehn; Not offered AY18)

MLD-352         The Leadership System: Leaders, Followers, Context (Kellerman)
DPI-115           The American Presidency (Porter; Not offered AY18)

DPI-720           Leaders and Leadership in History (Temkin)
IGA-212M         Leadership and Management of National Security (Rapp)

IGA-610M         Leadership and Ethics in American Foreign Policy (Nye; Not offered AY18)


Decision Sciences

MLD-301         Leadership Decision Making (Lerner)
MLD-304-A         Science of Behavior Change (Rogers)
MLD-304-B         Science of Behavior Change (Rogers)

MLD-310         Behavioral Economics for Organizations (Bohnet)
MLD-328M         Noticing: A Leadership Challenge (Bazerman; Not offered AY18)
MLD-335Y         United Kingdom Immersive Field Course: Behavioral Insights (Luca)
MLD-337Y         EC Field Course – US: Behavioral Insights (Bazerman)
API-302         Analytic Frameworks for Policy (Zeckhauser)
API-303         Game Theory and Strategic Decisions (Dogan)

API-304         Behavioral Economics and Public Policy (Madrian)
API-305         Behavioral Economics, Law and Public Policy (Sunstein)
IGA-224         Decision Making in Recent Crises (O’Sullivan; Not offered AY18)

Negotiation and Conflict Management

MLD-222M         Negotiation Analysis (Hong)
MLD-223M         Negotiating Across Differences (Hong)
MLD-224         Behavioral Science of Negotiations (Minson)
MLD-225         Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Negotiation (Wilkinson; Not offered AY18)
MLD-255         Negotiation Intensive (Bazerman; Not offered AY18)
MLD-280         Advanced Workshop in Multiparty Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (Mandell)


Organizing for Social Change

Strategic Management

Government and Civic Innovation

MLD-620M         Urban Innovation:  Concepts and Practices (Goldsmith)
MLD-621         Innovation Field Lab: Public Problem Solving in Massachusetts Cities (de Jong)
DEV-320M         Scaling Up for Development Impact (Guerrero Pulgar; formerly PED-320M)

DPI-662        Digital Government: Technology, Policy, and Public Service Innovation (Eaves)

Organizing Civic, Political, and Social Action

MLD-377        Organizing: People, Power, and Change (Ganz)
DPI-360           Social Capital and Public Affairs: Research Seminar (Putnam; Not offered AY18)
IGA-385           Strategizing for Human Rights: Moving from Ideals to Practice (Johnson)

Persuasion, Power, and Influence

MLD-340         Power and Influence (Battilana)
MLD-342         Persuasion: The Science and Art of Effective Influence (Orren)
DPI-351M       Lobbying: Theory, Practice, and Simulations (Fagan)


MLD-807M         Philanthropy and Social Innovation (Marquis; Not offered AY18)
DPI-365            Plutocracy, Philanthropy, and the Public Good (Muhammad)

Social Enterprise

MLD-829M         Fundamentals of Entrepreneurial Finance (Byers)
MLD-830         Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Private and Social Sectors (Cavanagh)
MLD-831         Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Private and Social Sectors – Business Plan Workshop (Cavanagh) 
MLD-833M         Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation (Marquis; Not offered AY18)
MLD-836M         Social Entrepreneurship/Social Enterprises 101: How to Go from Start-Up to End Up (Bildner)
MLD-837         Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Lab for US & Global Health (Bloom; Not offered AY18)
MLD-839M         Entrepreneurial Finance II (Byers; Not offered AY18)
MLD-840            Entrepreneurial Finance (Byers)

BGP-235M         Private Capital for Public Purpose: Impact Investing and Its Siblings (Wood)


Strategic Management

MLD-102M-A         Getting Things Done: Management in a Development Context (Andrews)
MLD-102M-B         Getting Things Done: Management in a Development Context (Andrews)
[Note: MLD-102 is eligible only when taken by non-MPA-ID students, i.e., as an elective. The AY17 semester-length version of this course also qualifies]
MLD-103M      PDIA in Action: Development Through Facilitated Emergence (Andrews)
MLD-110         Strategic Management for Public Purposes (Zimmerman)
MLD-115         Management Matters: Leadership, Strategy and Getting Things Done (Bower)
MLD-630M     Government Turnarounds (Liebman)
MLD-635M   The Theory and Practice of Strategic Management in Government (Moore)

Financial Management

MLD-401M         Financial Management in Public and Nonprofit Organizations (Iammartino)
MLD-410         State and Local Financial Policy (Chodos)
MLD-411M         Introduction to Budgeting and Financial Management (Bilmes)
MLD-412        Greater Boston Applied Field Lab: Advanced Budgeting, Financial Management and Operations (Bilmes; the AY17 module-length version of this course also qualifies)
MLD-427-A         Managing Financial Resources in Non Profit Organizations (Honan)
MLD-427-B         Managing Financial Resources in Non Profit Organizations (Honan)

API-141         Finance (Deep)
API-148     Advanced Risk Management and Infrastructure Finance (Deep)
DEV-209         Management, Finance, and Regulation of Public Infrastructure in Developing Countries (Lee; formerly PED-209)
DEV-210         Public Finance in Theory and Practice (Rosengard; formerly PED-210)

Managing People

MLD-320M         The Art of Leading in a Diverse World:  Skills, Insights, and Best Practices (Bellinger; Not offered AY18)
MLD-500-A         Maximizing Human Capital and Organizational Performance (Livingston)
MLD-500-B         Maximizing Human Capital and Organizational Performance (Livingston)
MLD-502          Developing People: Personal and Systemic Capacity Building (O’Brien)

Operations and Performance Management

MLD-601         Operations Management (Fagan)
MLD-602         Performance Leadership: Producing Results in Public and Nonprofit Agencies (Behn)
MLD-610         Generating and Using Evidence to Improve the Management of Your Organization (Wilson)
DPI-670M         Preventing Digital Disaster: Lessons from (Eaves and Kelman)

DPI-671M         Disrupting Bureaucracy: Understanding Recent Efforts in Digital Government (Eaves)

Crisis and Conflict Management

MLD-381         Mitigating and Managing a Crisis (Kayyem)
IGA-455M      Leadership in Environmental Conflicts (Wentworth)

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