Admission & Tuition

NPLI offers professionals across the public, private, and non-profit sectors the choice of an intensive residential program on Harvard campus or our introductory online offering.

The residential program, Crisis Leadership: Ready When It Matters Most, is designed for professionals with significant experience who are leading sizable teams.

Our concise, online program, Preparing to Lead in Crisis, provides an overview of the thinking and practices of Meta-Leadership. It can serve as a precursor to the residential program or as a rewarding standalone program for professionals on a leadership career track.

NPLI enrolls participants from around the world who are charged with leading through crisis and change. Program participants have come from the Aviation, Energy, Finance, Government Administration, Healthcare, Military, Non-Profit Organizations, Retail, Technology, and other industries. Those who complete our programs earn an NPLI at Harvard University certificate.

Crisis Leadership — Application Process

Admission to this residential program is competitive. Each cohort is restricted to 50 participants. Submit your application online by clicking on any of the “apply” buttons for this program.


Please visit the program page for specific program deadlines. Application deadlines are generally one month from the program start date.

Programs often fill to capacity, so early application is recommended. Early application does not guarantee admission.

Qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis. Once the review process has begun, applicants are typically notified within two to three weeks via email regarding the decision. If the volume of applications are significant this date may be extended.

Leading When it Matters Most* residential program: $10,300 US

*Your tuition fee includes your room and board, most meals, instruction, and class materials.

Program requires that you purchase and read the “You’re It” book prior to your first class session.

Tuition must be paid in full prior to the program start date otherwise the candidate forfeits their spot.

Preparing to Lead in Crisis — Application Process

This is an open enrollment program. Enrolling is easy, simply click on any of the “apply” buttons for this program and provide your contact and credit card information. There is no application or deadline, and you may enroll up to one day before start of the program.


Preparing to Lead in Crisis online program: $1,995.00 US

Program requires that you purchase and read the “You’re It” book prior to your first class session.


Professional Experience

  • Admission is based on a candidate’s record of accomplishment and range of responsibility.
  • Most admitted applicants to our Leading When it Matters Most program have significant professional experience of  least 10 years.
  • Applicants for our Preparing to Lead in Crisis program have a wide range of professional experience.


  •  There are no formal educational requirements as participants in our programs have a wide-array of educational experience.


  • Candidates must have fluency in written and spoken English.

Important Reminder

When applying or registering, please make sure to select the program dates for when you wish to attend.

We will communicate with you via the email you provide to us when applying or registering for a program. Please make sure emails from are not blocked.


A Participant's Perspective

Col. Chris Austin shares his lessons learned and benefits gained by completing the leadership training program.

Col. Chris Austin, NPLI EEP Alum, 2019, Student Testimonial

Withdrawal and Refund Policy

You may withdraw from any of our training programs ten business days prior to the start of the program for a full refund. After that time, you will receive a partial refund of 50% of the tuition fee. Please notify us of your request to withdraw via email. Tuition fees are not transferable. While we do not defer students you may choose to apply or register again for another time that is convenient for you.