The specialization in Management and Leadership gives you the practical knowledge and applied skills necessary to effectively lead and manage organizations from nonprofits and public agencies to global institutions and private corporations with a social mission.

Today's complex and interconnected world demands that public service leaders ignite innovative thinking, initiate transformational change, and drive collective action. From strategically positioning your organization to managing its day-to-day footprint, you’ll need a unique blend of both management and leadership skills to make an impact.


Below is an overview of the required coursework. For detailed information, view the program checksheet

DEGREE CORE requirements

Students must complete the following courses:

CORE-GP.1011, Statistical Methods
CORE-GP.1018, Microeconomics
CORE-GP.1020, Management and Leadership
CORE-GP.1021, Financial Management
CORE-GP.1022, Introduction to Public Policy

specialization requirementS

Students must complete the following courses:

PADM-GP.2110, Strategic Management and Leadership
PADM-GP.2135, Human Resources: Leading Talent Development
PADM-GP.2170, Performance Measurement and Management


Focus Areas

Focus Areas are optional groupings of courses to help you choose electives. You can go deeper in your specialization and develop more advanced skills by choosing electives within the specialization-related focus areas below. To pursue depth in a focus area we suggest completing 9 credits. To pursue breadth, you may also choose electives across focus areas. 

A pathway for depth is a set of skills, frameworks, and knowledge that builds on the foundation of the degree and specialization courses. The specialization-related focus areas below are particularly helpful for career progression. Breadth is important because as your career develops you are unlikely to follow a linear path. You might jump from a management to leadership role, from government to the nonprofit sector, from encouraging productive conflict to managing team-like structures, and promoting creativity in teams, and back again. So try experimenting beyond your base—if you have taken some courses within one focus areas, try another focus area.

Relationships Across Differences

The courses in this area address varied aspects of creating relationships and working together across varied interests and a range of differences. Some of the courses focus on particular social identities, like race, gender and disability, and how to jointly address systemic inequities based on those identities. Others focus more on the processes that enable collaboration across differences, like negotiation, partnerships and participation. Focusing in this area will enable students to connect more authentically with people different from themselves, and also strengthen their capacity to build more equitable organizations and create collaborations among groups with varied interests.

PADM-GP 2129, Race, Identity and Inclusion in Organizations, and PADM-GP 2430, Multi-Sector Partnerships: A Comparative Perspective, are foundational/strongly recommended courses in this area. 

PADM-GP.2106, Community Organizing
PADM-GP.2112, Gender in the Workplace
PADM-GP.2113, Building Effective Teams - Advanced Strategies
PADM-GP.2129, Race, Identity, and Inclusion in Organizations
PADM-GP.2139, Behavioral Economics and Public Policy Design
PADM-GP.2430, Multi-Sector Partnerships: A Comparative Perspective
PADM-GP.4101, Conflict Management and Negotiation
PADM-GP.4112, Building Effective Teams
PADM-GP.4151, Inclusive Leadership

Organizational Performance

Learn to plan and manage the day-to-day work of organizations by building appropriate infrastructures and systems to ensure their success. Gain the skills to manage operations, measure performance, analyze data, and report outcomes for all stages in the production process.

PADM-GP.2171, Evaluating Programs and Policies
PADM-GP.2173, Operations Management
PADM-GP.2174, The Intersection of Operations, Policy, and Leadership
HPAM-GP.2825, Continuous Quality Improvement
PADM-GP.4110, Project Management
PADM-GP.4111, Leading Service Delivery
PADM-GP.4126, Leading Values-Based Culture in Nonprofit Organizations

Strategy and Leadership

Through these courses, you'll develop an understanding of the multiple stakeholders for which organizations are responsible and the collaborative and competitive dynamics in fields and sectors. You will learn to design organizations, systems, and strategies that anticipate and respond effectively to dynamic and complex environments.

PADM-GP.2119, Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations
PADM-GP.2132, Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation by Design
PADM-GP.2145, Design Thinking: A Creative Approach to Problem Solving and Creating Impact
PADM-GP.2174, The Intersection of Operations, Policy, and Leadership
PADM-GP.2186, Leadership and Social Transformation
PADM-GP.2413, Strategic Philanthropy
PADM-GP.4126, Leading Values-Based Culture in Nonprofit Organizations
PADM-GP.4137, Communications and Branding for Nonprofits
PADM-GP.4154, Management Consulting for Public Service Organizations
PADM-GP.4186, Leadership and Social Transformation
PADM-GP.4311, Lean Approaches to Social Innovation

School-wide Focus Areas

In addition to the courses in the specialization-related elective focus areas above, to gain a breadth of knowledge and skills you may also wish to choose electives from across course offerings, including from the school-wide focus areas or a different specialization. Relevant school-wide focus areas for you to consider as a Management and Leadership student include, Data Science and Data Management; EducationProgram EvaluationSocial Justice and Democracy; and more


The Capstone Program, a year-long consulting or research project that's required for all Advocacy specialization students, puts you out in the world, resolving a problem or conducting an analysis for a client organization.

Students must complete the following courses:

CAP-GP.3401 & 3402 Capstone: Advanced Projects in Policy, Management, Finance, and Advocacy I & II


CAP-GP 3148 & 3149 Capstone: Advanced Research Projects in Quantitative Analysis I & II