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Federal Policy and Management

Lead and influence change at the national level.

The Federal Policy and Management graduate certificate provides professionals in Washington, D.C. with the opportunity to combine your existing expertise and work experience with new knowledge about leading in federal sector institutions. While learning from and working with policy and public management experts in the nation's capital, you will explore how policy is created and implemented, how to manage public organizations and how to innovate in the interest of our country's citizens.

Created for professionals in D.C. who want to excel in federal policy environments.




The 13 credit-hour program prepares you for employment or promotion within the federal sector through academic coursework and professional development.


Choose one course based on your preference.

  • PUBAFRS 6000: Public Policy Formulation and Implementation
  • PUBAFRS 6050: Managing Public Sector Organizations
  • PUBAFRS 5620: Rapid Innovation for Public Impact

All electives are offered online and are 4 credit hours.

Skills Courses

PUBAFRS 5545: Make a Difference in Washington
PUBAFRS 6540: Professional Competencies for Post-Graduate Life 
PUBAFRS 6545: Washington Navigator

These three courses are required, one credit hour and offered online.

Core Coursework: Federal Policy and Management

PUBAFRS 7600: Federal Policy and Administration (3 credit hours, in-person)

PUBAFRS 7610: Follow the Money: Making Sense of the Federal Budget (3 credit hours, online)

Learn more about the Certificate in Federal Policy and Management.

Once you have gathered your application components listed below, click here to apply. 

The next cohort will be accepted for Summer 2024. The priority deadline to apply is September 1, 2023 but applications may be accepted after this date depending on availability.

Application Requirements

  • Application form
  • Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Personal statement about how the certificate advances your professional goals and why you want to participate


Shortly after application submission, candidates may be asked to interview with a member of the Glenn College’s D.C. office. The objective of the interview is to better understand candidates’ interest and ensure their professional goals are aligned with the structure of the certificate program. 

Admission assessment will review: 

  • Can the candidate succeed in coursework required? This criterion is assessed based on GPA and academic record.
  • Does the candidate demonstrate strong interest in federal policy and management as a complement to their field of expertise and/or career in the federal government? This criterion is assessed based on responses to essays and the interview.

Students must have earned a bachelor's or advanced degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

International students are recommended to score at least a 100 in the TOEFL iBT. Please note: certificate credit hours may hinder Visa status. Ohio State's International Eligibility Information.

To receive the certificate, students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Only grades "A" through "C-", as well as "S", will count toward certificate completion.

The Glenn College invests in academic programming and in-residence support for students in Washington. Three faculty and staff work full-time in Washington at the Hall of the States near the U.S. Capitol to provide students, and our partners, with comprehensive on-the-ground support.

In addition to having the support of a D.C.-based team, participants can engage with Ohio State alumni and in the greater D.C. community through organized programming and events. Students will be provided with opportunity to build their networks and connect with mentors in their chosen field.

You may also be matched with an alumni mentor. Mentors provide an added layer of support and help to connect students, broaden your professional network, enhance your classroom experience and prepare for the job search process.


Want to know more?

If you're considering the Federal Policy and Management Certificate, we encourage you to make an appointment with our team. We would be happy to discuss your goals, our programs, student benefits and the application process.