Why ODU for Public Sector Leadership?

This interdisciplinary certificate covers four core competencies in public sector leadership:

  • financial management,
  • strategic management,
  • contracting principles (procurement),
  • and cyber security. 

These courses complement careers in the military, government, non-profit, and other public organizations. You will learn alongside experts, as well as full- and part-time ODU students pursuing certificates and master's degrees. 

With the skills you gain from this certificate, you will be prepared to take positions in middle and upper management, and to lead teams in contract negotiations, finance, and strategic initiatives.

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Required Courses

  • 12 credit hours (four courses)

You will study:

  • Introduction to Public Procurement
  • Social Change and Communication Systems
  • Foundations of Cybersecurity
  • Public Budgeting and Financial Management

Online Learning Environment

Access course materials online from any location. Some classes will have live, regular online meeting times, while others will not. The instructor may schedule assignments and exams at specific times. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Careers in Public Sector Leadership

This online graduate certificate will complement your career in the military, government, non-profit, and other public organizations.

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$571 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$595 per credit hour

Rates are effective Summer 2022 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

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How to Apply

To take these courses, you should have a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution and be accepted as a non-degree seeking graduate student at ODU.

Meet Your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program.

Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.