Welcoming Our Veterans

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We in the Key programs have an extraordinary respect for the men and women of our uniformed services. To simply say 'thank you' for the sacrifices of you and your families seems shallow - but it comes from the bottom of our hearts. As a retired Naval officer, I've known and admired many uniformed service members over the years. And sadly, like many of you, I've lost a few friends as well. Your sacrifice is one we honor and your presence in our Key programs is one we relish, for you bring a valuable and unique perspective on leadership, values and mission. Thank you all for your service.

Patrick S. Malone
CAPT, MSC, USN (ret.)
Director, Key Executive Leadership Program

Available Programs

The Key Programs offer two open-enrollment programs to expand the contemporary public management knowledge, values and skills of government executives.

  • The Key Executive Leadership Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a 36-credit hour graduate course of study in the skills, knowledge, and values needed for effective performance as a high-level executive.
  • The Key Executive Leadership Graduate Certificate focuses on developing skills, knowledge, and values needed by public and nonprofit leaders. This certificate is open to students with a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited institution. A successful applicant typically holds a GS-12 (or above) level or equivalent NGO, private sector, or leadership/management experience.  

Educational Resources

Questions about your educational benefits? Try the information below.

Veterans Affairs administers several education programs for active duty military personnel and veterans. Each program provides different benefits for different individuals. Research the various benefit programs listed here and select the one that works best for you. For additional information contact a VA education representative at 1-888-GIBILL-1.

Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, is a unique program for veterans with service-connected disabilities. If determined eligible by a VR&E caseworker, full tuition, fees, and books are paid for by the VA to the school.

Chapter 33 Post-9/11 provides benefits to individuals with at least 90 days of service after September 10, 2001, or to individuals discharged with service-connected disability after 30 days. Ch. 33 provides financial support for education as well as a monthly housing allowance.

The Yellow Ribbon Program is an agreement between the university and the Department of Veteran Affairs to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest in-state undergraduate tuition rate.

Additional Information

For program related questions please contact Char Ploetz at (202) 885-6268.

For questions regarding benefits administration please contact Valerie Verra at (202) 885-8012.