About CSML

First launched in 2018, the Certificate in School Management and Leadership (CSML) is an innovative collaboration between the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and Harvard Business School (HBS). CSML is a multi-course certificate program for PreK-12 school leaders who are looking to deepen their knowledge of educational leadership and school management.

Since our launch, school leaders have enrolled over 15,000 times in CSML courses, and have provided incredibly positive feedback, including a 90% satisfaction score and 97% completion rate. Hosted on the highly interactive HBS Online Platform, CSML offers participants the opportunity to reflect on and apply the course learnings to their unique context, while interacting with and learning from a global network of school leaders.

The CSML certificate is comprised of the following four courses, which can be taken independently or completed together in any order to earn a comprehensive certificate:

Please note: Leading Change, Leading School Strategy & Innovation, Leading People, and Leading Learning are each individual courses. While we generally run available courses simultaneously, we do not recommend that participants enroll in more than one course at a time.

CSML Fast Facts - October 2022

Certificate at a Glance

Faculty Research World-class Harvard faculty research adapted to the PreK-12 school context
Online icon  100% online and interactive
Case Studies Features case studies of leaders from a diverse cross-section of schools and businesses from across the country
Global Networking Icon Global peer network of school leaders
Solutions icon Develop a toolkit and solutions that are tailored to improving your school
Sequence icon Select from four courses to develop your own learning sequence
Schedule icon Take courses at a pace that fits your schedule
A PDF brochure containing an overview of Harvard's Certificate in School Management and Leadership for 2021-2022.

Learn more about our transformative learning experiences for PreK-12 school leaders.