Methodology to Achieve Program Vision, Mission, and Goals


The Key Executive Leadership Programs uses the cohort model, in which students matriculate, advance, and graduate together. The trusting environment created during Orientation enables knowledge transfer, honed teaching skills, honest feedback, the confidence to recreate the same environment with those led, and a career-long support group. Learn more about the cohort experience.


To lead and engage students, the Key Executive Leadership Programs uses professors who are practitioner/scholars in their respective field and have the skills to work with adult learners. As a result, they are able to stimulate relevant discussions that challenge students to think about the concepts they read and learn in the classroom as well as challenge them to apply what they learn in their workplace.


To supplement the discussions in the classroom, students are provided and expected to read books, journals, and articles that are used to expand a range of choices for action.

Executive Coaching

To foster participants' continual learning and self-development, the Key Executive Leadership Programs utilizes executive coaching;a developmental relationship that focuses on positive performance possibilities and the development of emotional and social intelligence. For validation, Key uses a 360° feedback survey developed by the Hay Group, which transforms research into actionable insights.

Action Learning

In lieu of a Master's Thesis, students identify a difficult, long-standing unresolved problem in their workplace; sign a contract with their supervisor to work on the issue; recruit five-seven persons to work with them on the issue; teach their colleagues the Action Learning process; apply the process to the issue and create recommendations for resolution; present the recommendations to the agency; write a paper identifying what they have learned about the process, what they learned about themselves and the persons on the Action Learning team, what public administration concepts they applied to their work; and what they learned about leading change; and present their paper to their colleagues in the cohort and the faculty of the program. Learn more and view sample projects.