Program Information

Opening Residential Session: December 2020 dates coming soon.
Concluding Residential Session: June 2021 dates coming soon.

Note: This is a two-part program, participants must attend both residential sessions.

Tuition Fee: $10,300 Tuition subject to change; includes tuition, housing, curricular materials, and most meals for both the opening and concluding sessions.

The NPLI Executive Education Program will consist of three parts:

  • A week-long residential session in Cambridge, including a combination of case studies, faculty presentations, and interactive exercises.
  • Implementation of a meta-leadership team project mentored by Harvard faculty.
  • A two and one-half day concluding seminar at which results of the meta-leadership projects are presented in teams.

Certificate of Completion

In order to successfully complete this program and receive a certificate you must have:

  • Attended and participated in both sessions; opening and concluding
  • Participated in and completed a Meta-Leadership project with your team
  • Presented a section of your project with your team at the concluding session
  • Submitted your written two page personal report with approval


The tuition fee is $10,300 for the NPLI Executive Education program; includes instruction, housing, curricular materials, and most meals for both the opening and concluding sessions.

Payment is expected before the start of the program. Once you have been accepted into the program, we will begin the payment process with the selected candidate.

The NPLI Executive Education program recognizes that tuition payment is an obstacle for some applicants. We have limited fellowship opportunities available to state, local, tribal, and non-profit individuals who have applied for and been accepted to this program.


Once your application has been received a panel will review it and you will receive notice via email in approximately three weeks as to the status of your application. Please be patient with this process.

All communication you receive from will be via email from the NPLI Executive Education program.

If you have any questions about the application process, please call the NPLI Office at 617-496-0867.

Admission to this program is competitive and is based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. There is no formal educational requirement, but fluency in written and spoken English is a necessity for the program.

Early application is encouraged. Qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, and the program often fills to capacity. Because of the interactive nature of this program, the number of participants is limited. Applications received after the deadline will be placed on a waitlist and considered only if space remains in the class.

The NPLI program is designed for senior policy makers and operational leaders in federal, sate, and local governments, elected officials, non-profit agencies, and the private sector that have emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation roles as well as those in homeland security roles and the intelligence community.

To be eligible for admission, the applicant must have strategic planning or operational leadership responsibility or be on a career track leading to such a position. Admission to the program will be made on a competitive basis and is based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility.

It is mandatory for applicants to be able to attend both the opening and concluding residential sessions.