If you are a working professional looking to develop and enhance management and leadership skills the Glenn College’s Certificate in Public & Nonprofit Leadership will provide you the knowledge to excel in your career and set you apart as a professional. This four-course, six-credit, professional development program is designed for working professionals to strengthen their management and leadership abilities. The program is cohort-based and is structured to be completed in 14 in-class sessions. Course sessions are held at The Ohio State University’s main campus two Fridays a month.

Why Invest in a Glenn College Certificate?

Gain new skills and knowledge that can be applied immediately on the job.

The Certificate in Public & Nonprofit Leadership operates on a philosophy of experiential learning. Students will learn how theoretical lenses can be applied to better understand real world situations and how that knowledge can be applied on-the-job when faced with leadership challenges.

Earn a distinction that can set you apart as a professional and advance your career options.

A Glenn College certificate can demonstrate your commitment to building leadership and management skills, enhance your resume and job opportunities, most importantly improve your ability to do your work.

Deepen your education by earning college credit that can be applied to a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Are you unsure if pursuing a degree is right for you? A professional certificate can help you decide. And if you enroll in a degree program, depending on the specific requirements of the program, the credit earned in the certificate program can transfer towards the degree. Graduate credit earned from successful completion of the Glenn College's certificate program can be applied towards The Ohio State University’s in-career or MPA master’s degree.

Learn, study, and network with other professionals.

The certificate program is cohort-based, providing an interactive and dynamic learning community where students can grow both individually and collectively, build lasting relationships, and encourage each other in their career aspirations.

Courses Include:

  • PA 5059 — Leadership Self-Development (1 credit)
  • PA 5060 — Managing People in Public & Nonprofit Organizations (2 credits)
  • PA 5061 — Leading People in Public & Nonprofit Organizations (2 credits)
  • PA 5062 — Leadership Development Application (1 credit)

Materials needed to apply:

  • Resume or CV
    Be sure to include work experience, volunteer activities, academic and professional honors, honorary societies, extracurricular activities, offices held, any publications and other significant activities.
  • Personal Statement
    Provide a brief statement describing why you are a good candidate for the program. The statement should focus specifically on your current skills, knowledge, abilities, and professional experience. There is no length requirement for the personal statement.
  • One letter of recommendation
    The letter should speak to the applicant’s ability to excel in an academic professional program.


Credit - $4,630.80
Noncredit - $4,200.00

Eligible State of Ohio employees may have access to professional development funds that can be used for potentially no out of pocket cost. The Ohio State University is an accredited higher education institution. Please contact us with question.

Deadline to apply: December 3, 2018



You can learn more about the Certificate in Public & Nonprofit Leadership at one of these information sessions:

Contact us at Glenn-Training@osu.edu

2018 Program

To receive the certificate, students are required to attend all of the following in-class sessions held on the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Leadership Development
Week 1 Orientation Friday, January 25, 2019
Week 2 Leadership Development Planning and Goal Setting Friday, February 15, 2019

Managing People in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Week 3 Introduction to Strategic HRM and Employee Recruitment and Retention Friday, March 1, 2019
Week 4 Work Design and Employee Motivation/Engagement Friday, March 22, 2019
Week 5 Performance Appraisal and Feedback Friday, April 5, 2019
Week 6 Negotiation and Conflict Management Friday, April 26, 2019
Week 7 Work Life Balance, Diversity, and Inclusion Friday, May 10, 2019

Leading People in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Week 8 Designing and Leading High Performing Work Teams Friday, August 9, 2019
Week 9 Leading Without or With Authority Friday, August 30, 2019
Week 10 Unlocking the Subtle Forces of Change Friday, September, 13, 2019
Week 11 Leading in Times of Crisis Friday, October 4, 2019
Week 12 Making Decisions under Uncertainty and Ethical Leadership Friday, October 25, 2019

Leadership Development Application
Week 13 Presentation Day One Thursday, November 14, 2019
Week 14 Presentation Day Two Friday, November 15, 2019

Graduation: December 6, 2019

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