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Certificate in Public and 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.

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Program overview

Important dates:
  • November 30, 2020 – Application due
  • December 4, 2020 – Enrollment begins
  • January 15, 2021 – Classes start
  • June 18, 2021 – Classes end
Program designed for:
  • Veterans, those about to leave the military, or individuals working with veterans
  • Individuals who already work or plan to work in a civilian job
  • Graduates with at least a Bachelor’s degree (or high school diploma with significant leadership experience).
Program highlights:
  • FREE for eligible veterans and relatives who receive Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits and reside in Ohio
  • Learn alongside experts and other veterans
  • Six hours of graduate credit from The Ohio State University
  • FREE for eligible veterans and relatives who receive Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits and reside in Ohio. Check your eligibility here. Want help determining your eligibility and filling out the paperwork? Contact us here.
  • FREE for eligible State of Ohio employees who are not otherwise eligible for GI Bill benefits. You will be considered for tuition assistance automatically when you apply.
  • FREE for eligible Ohio State University employees who are not otherwise eligible for GI Bill benefits. Check your eligibility for OSU tuition assistance here. You will be considered for tuition assistance automatically when you apply.
  • FREE for high school graduates accepted into the program who are Ohio residents and demonstrate significant leadership experience. You will be considered for this scholarship automatically when you apply.
  • For all others, tuition is $4,673 for Ohio residents and $8,263 for non-residents. For non-resident veterans and their relatives, the GI Bill will cover tuition up to $4,673, which means the individual will be responsible for $3,590 out-of-pocket.
  • 100% online with instructor-led dialogue
  • 5 instructor-led virtual classes (January 29, March 12, April 23, June 4, and June 18)
  • 2 graduate-level courses (6 credit hours total)
  • Credits can be applied to a degree program at Ohio State or another university
  • Class size capped at 30 participants
  • Use the online application to submit a personal statement and resume
  • Applicants will receive an email letting them know if 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, and the class size is limited to 30 students

“This class taught me how to navigate my new corporate landscape and how to best apply the leadership skills I honed in the military to this new world.
“The best part of the program was that teaching came not just from accomplished professors but also from the perspectives of my classmates on their experiences in the corporate world.”
“This course is emblematic of what we can do – we come together, we accept the mission, we complete the mission.”
“No matter what your relationship is with the military, you will be learning in an environment where other military members have your back and are there to help you succeed and reach a new level of your leadership”
“My favorite date of the week has been when our class meets. That was the time two of the things that I enjoy the most intersect – an engaged group of talented people in a classroom.”


The Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Leadership for Veterans is a collaboration of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. The program is sponsored by the Columbus Downtown Development corporation, which managed the design and construction of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum.

For more information

Contact the Glenn College professional development team




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