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Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Leadership

Deepen your self-awareness and learn skilled leadership strategies.
Invest in your career, learn practical management skills and demonstrate the value of your skills to employers. Curriculum, created and taught by leadership experts and practitioners, is built for mid-career professionals in the public and nonprofit sectors. 

Leadership Certificate for Public and Nonprofit Professionals

Advance your leadership skills and ability to lead teams. Built for mid-career professionals working for public or nonprofit organizations, the leadership certificate program is an investment in your career that immediately provides value to you, your organization and the people you manage. Build lasting relationships with other professionals in your field while earning six hours of graduate credit from The Ohio State University. Participants must have a bachelor's or equivalent degree.

  • $4,920
  • Includes enrollment as a graduate student at Ohio State.
  • Assistance is available to cover program costs, for example through the State of Ohio Development Fund for Exempt Employees and The Ohio State University Staff Tuition Assistance Program (you will be asked about this when you apply).


  • 12-week program online with five days in person on campus.
  • Two graduate-level courses (six credit hours total).
  • Credits can be applied to a graduate program at Ohio State or another university.
  • Start your application for Autumn 2022 or Summer 2023.
  • Applicants will receive an email letting them know if their application has been accepted.
  • We do our best to accommodate everyone who wants to participate but the program is competitive.

This was a rewarding journey and I am grateful for being a part of this program.