The Certificate in Public & Nonprofit Leadership for Veterans

Veterans transitioning to civilian life can feel like they speak a different language than the business leaders who hire them.

The Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Leadership for Veterans brings together Veterans who are called to serve in civilian life to learn from each other, build lasting relationships, and demonstrate the value of military experience and leadership to civilian employers.

In collaboration with The Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs and sponsored by the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, this graduate-level program ends with six credit hours that are transferable to any of the graduate degrees at the Glenn College.

Tuition Assistance

  • Tuition assistance may be available through VA education benefits or your employer.
  • In most cases, non-resident fees can be waived.
  • You automatically will be considered for tuition assistance, scholarships, and non-resident fee reductions when you apply. The Glenn College will contact you to initiate that process.

For Veterans with at least a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree:

  • Graduate tuition is $4,573 ($14,305 for non-Ohio residents).
  • Tuition assistance is available for eligible veterans and relatives who receive Post 9/11 GI benefits. Check your eligibility here.
  • Financial assistance also may be available through your employer. State of Ohio employees can check eligibility here and Ohio State University employees can check here.

For Veterans with a high school diploma and significant leadership experience:

  • Undergraduate tuition is $2,485 ($8,256 for non-Ohio residents).
  • Financial assistance may be available through your employer. State of Ohio employees can check eligibility here and Ohio State University employees can check here.
  • A limited number of full-ride scholarships will be awarded by the National Veterans Memorial and Museum.
  • 100% online with five instructor-led virtual classes.
  • Two graduate-level courses (6 credit hours total).
  • Graduate student assignments focus on applying theory and concepts.
  • Undergraduate student assignments focus on acquiring knowledge.
  • Credits can be applied to a degree program at The Ohio State University or another university.
  • Apply here.
  • Applicants will receive an email letting them know their application has been accepted.
  • We will work with you to identify the most appropriate tuition assistance.
  • We do our best to accommodate everyone who wants to participate, but the program is competitive.

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