Online Federal Policy and Management Certificate

John Glenn College of Public Affairs

The online Federal Policy and Management Certificate from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs is intentionally designed to meet the needs of graduate students who are interested in a career working with the federal government, but face difficulty navigating the challenging federal policy environment and job market. The certificate provides a pathway for students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to gain experience with public policy and management.

The Federal Policy and Management Certificate is a unique offering in the online higher education landscape, offering coursework and an optional internship experience in Washington, D.C. designed to prepare students for the federal job market.

Upon completion of the certificate, students will be equipped to:

  • Participate in and contribute to the policy process
  • Articulate and apply a public service perspective
  • Interact effectively with public policy and administration professionals from a broad range of sectors, using professional competencies common to the field

Campus Requirements: NONE 

Class Format: Can be completed 100% online with an optional semester in D.C. for internship component.

Credit Hours Required: 12 

Cost Per Credit Hour: $812.07  (includes instructional and general fees). See the full cost breakdown here.

Admission Requirements: 

  • Personal statement 

  • Letter of recommendation 

  • Resume or CV 

  • College transcript(s) 

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 

Time to Completion: 3 semesters  

Internship component: For students looking for on-the-ground experience, a D.C. internship is facilitated by the Glenn College's Washington office. The internship component is flexible and can be waived based on relevant preexisting work experience or current job.

Disclaimer: Ohio State and the John Glenn College are seeking approval from the Higher Education Licensing Commission (HELC) for the on-ground campus requirements that this program contains. Participants of this program will be contacted should Ohio State and John Glenn College experience any delays in obtaining this approval. Note – the HELC is Washington, D.C.’s regulatory body that oversees higher education offered within the District of Columbia.

A headshot of Instructor Mark Gaspar.
Mark Gaspar
"Good policy underpins how the federal government supports and uplifts citizens and our society. This program is designed for those seeking to make a difference."

Sample Courses


Follow the Money: Making Sense of the Federal Budget (Hybrid)

This course builds foundational knowledge of the federal budget process and federal budget policy. PUBAFRS 7610 is offered online with synchronous and asynchronous sessions (hybrid course).

How Washington Works (Asynchronous)

Skills course designed to teach students the inner workings of Washington, DC, and unique features of the city’s power centers.

Professional Development Skills (Hybrid)

Skills course designed to teach students how to navigate a job search and secure an internship in Washington, D.C. PUBAFRS 6540 is offered online with synchronous and asynchronous sessions (hybrid course).

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