Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate


In preparation for 21st century demands for those working across sectors (including government, industry and nonprofit), the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion certificate is ideally positioned to prepare you as a thought leader and sharpen your skills to address emergent issues related to our increasing diversity.

Through world-class faculty and instruction in the College of Arts and Sciences, the curriculum will expose you to cutting-edge social research on diversity and equip you with the analytic tools necessary to work toward maximizing societal equity. Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll possess an in-depth understanding of contemporary social diversity, particularly with respect to the three dimensions that are the root of major societal cleavages: social class, race/ethnicity and gender/sexuality.

Course Requirements

This is a 12-credit hour certificate that is highly customizable to your interests, with dozens of courses available across departments that meet the program requirements. Several courses are offered online (marked with an asterisk on the curriculum sheet), adding flexibility to the program. View Diversity, Equity and Inclusion certificate curriculum

  • All courses must be taken at Ohio State
  • A maximum of 50% overlap with major/minor programs is permitted
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required to complete a certificate program
  • Only course grades of A through C- are permitted to count toward a certificate program

How to Apply

For Current Ohio State Students:
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion certificate is administered through the Department of Sociology. Please contact their advising office to declare for the program and schedule courses.​

For Those Seeking Extended Education:
Extended Education is operated by the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE), an enrollment unit with special emphasis on academic advising for adult students who want to take undergraduate courses and are not currently interested in earning a degree from Ohio State.

If you are eligible to apply as an extended education student and you have never attended Ohio State, you may apply online. Apply well before the start of semester or session you wish to attend. It may take up to three weeks for your application to be processed.

Eligibility and Deadlines
Faculty and Staff Tuition Assistance
Online Application

Alumni, graduating seniors and former transient/visitor students should follow the instructions outlined on the Returning Students page to apply for this certificate program.