Leadership Development Program

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The Leadership Development Program at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School is a nine-month, 12-credit certificate program for all those looking to enhance their careers and join a vast alumni network across industries.

Washington, DC and Baltimore
9 months, 12 credits
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After more than a quarter-century of operations and with over 550 graduates to date, the Leadership Development Program offers a curriculum and enriched programming that have enabled aspiring individuals to expand their perspectives, build new strengths, and fully realize their leadership potential. Your courses and activities will propel your success both in business and in community settings.

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Financial Aid & Scholarships

There are numerous options for financing your education including scholarships, loans, and payment plans available to those who qualify

Program Features

Gain the skills and relationships to manage a rapidly diversifying global workforce.  Realize your leadership potential with executive coaching, high-touch, interactive learning, and opportunities to immediately apply knowledge to your work.

Join a high-performing cohort and global network of alumni.  Propel your success managing diverse teams in business and communities.

Scholarship opportunities

The Leadership Development Program offers opportunities for fellowships, full and partial scholarships. All applicants are automatically considered. No separate application required.

Earn your certificate in 9 months

With flexible and compact courses and residencies, complete the program in nine months while continuing to work full-time.

Transferable credits

Should you choose to continue your education at Carey, you can transfer credits earned through LDP into any one of the following programs:

Lifelong connections

In this cohort-based program, you’ll learn from your peers, collaborate on projects, and form lasting bonds. When you graduate, you’ll join a vast network of over 600 alumni across disciplines, fields, and industries.


The depth of the Leadership Development Program experience involves two on-site residencies and online coursework (synchronous) between residencies. You will engage in discussions with corporate, government, and nonprofit leaders and work in teams on real-time entrepreneurship, business, and community-based projects. The Leadership Development Program curriculum features case studies and simulations, while exploring and integrating dimensions of leadership approaches and strategies applicable in the multicultural and multinational environment.

University catalog

The latest edition of the Carey Business School University Catalog is available.

Program comparison

  • Online courses
  • Two in-person residencies
  • Transfer credits into specific Carey degree programs
  • Complete certificate in nine months
  • Online, flexible format
  • Optional in-person experiences
  • Asynchronous and/or fully synchronous courses
  • Complete degree in two to three years

Alumni Spotlight

"It was an honor to be accepted into the first class of the Leadership Development Program. In addition to learning both soft and hard skills, I developed personal and professional relationships that are still important to me today. LDP helped lay the groundwork for my success at P&G, as the head of Marketing and Creative Services for a global humanitarian organization, and today, as the CEO of my own leadership coaching and nonprofit marketing communications consultancy. Thank you Hopkins and the LDP!"

Cheryl Hudgins-Williams, CEO at Hudgins Williams Associates and Senior Consultant at Tecker International, Leadership Development Program ‘91

“[LDP was a] real turning point, an awakening of my aspirations and the feeling that I could, if I applied myself, rise to a senior management position."

—Tony Wells, chief brand officer for USAA, Leadership Development Program '97 

Juan Torrico, Leadership Development Program, ‘04, is a digital marketing professional, documentary photographer, seasoned entrepreneur, and expert in the American Latino market. As the Founder and CEO of TorricoMedia, a digital media agency, he works with underrepresented entrepreneurs and influencers throughout the country to drive business outcomes and brand awareness for his clients.

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