What's Your Passion?

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs is the place to launch a lifetime of making positive change in the world. Whether you see yourself tackling homelessness in your community, taming the growing national debt, or creating educational opportunities for impoverished women around the globe, the Glenn College’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs will prepare you with the skills, knowledge and experiences to get things done.

What separates students at the Glenn College from everyone else? Our graduates have the tools to make their passion their life’s work. We’ll teach you how to turn your passion into policy. The Glenn College experience helps you make a change in the issues that matter to you.

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Degrees that make a difference

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Public Management, Leadership, and Policy curriculum is designed to develop your skills in the areas of management, leadership, and policy making, while providing additional training in data analysis, economics, and public finance. If you want to go into nonprofit management, politics, or government service in a leadership role, the B.A. is for you.

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Public Policy Analysis is not a common degree at most colleges; it was created to give students who want to work in policy or data analysis an edge. The curriculum provides extensive training in policy, public finance, budgeting, and economics. If you want to use data to solve proplems and help change the world, the Bachelor of Science is for you.


The Master of Public Administration degree provides you with the applied skills you need to succeed in today’s workforce. You will be prepared to lead and grow in your career through a solid grounding in the study of public policy, economics, management, and data analysis. In your second year, you can explore and specialize through elective coursework and a capstone experience.

In-Career MA

If you are already in the workforce looking for a way to move up in your field, then the Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management program is a perfect fit for your needs. The scheduling flexibility allows you to balance work, school, and family life. Whether you are looking to move up or start a new career path, the enhanced analytical and managerial skills you’ll gain will help propel you forward.

Dual/Joint Degrees

With a dual/joint degree, you can more effectively put your passion into action and go farther faster. You can earn two graduate degrees in less time that it would take to pursue them independently, while enhancing your interdisciplinary expertise in both fields. There are 10 dual/joint degrees available or explore an individualized dual degree option.

Doctoral Program

Are you considering a career in research or academia? The Glenn College offers a selective, research-oriented doctoral program in public policy and management. This academically rigorous program is preparation for individuals pursuing university careers in teaching and research, and for senior-level research roles in government, consulting, and nonprofit organizations.

Professional Development

Staying ahead in today’s workplace takes continuous learning. The Glenn College's Management Advancement for the Public Service (MAPS) provides training programs to meet the unique needs of public sector and nonprofit professionals at all career levels. Whether you are a top executive looking to explore new ways to ensure your organization’s success or if you are transitioning into a supervisory role, MAPS training seminars help you navigate the challenge.

Certificate Program

If you are a working professional looking to develop and enhance sought-after management and leadership skills the Glenn College’s Certificate in Public & Nonprofit Leadership will provide you the knowledge to excel in your career and set you apart as a professional. The program is cohort-based and is structured to be completed in 14 weeks over 9-12 months. Course sessions are held at Ohio State's main campus two Fridays a month.

For these graduates, it's not just a job

A passion for leadership, a job at the White House.
A passion for teaching, a career at the USAID that makes global education a reality.
A passion for Hispanic communities and a job connecting ambitions to success at the U.S. Small Business Administration.
A passion for serving underrepresented populations, a prestigious fellowship with impact on a national level.
A passion for the arctic, a career at the U.S. Department of State protecting it.
A passion for change in the way government operates leads to a career in the private sector.
Facts & Stats

Best in Ohio

The Glenn College is ranked best in Ohio and 25th nationally among the 272 Public Affairs graduate schools by the U.S. News & World Report.


of our undergraduates are employed or are in graduate/professional school within six months of graduation


of Glenn College MPA and Dual degree graduates are employed or are in graduate school within six months of graduation

Top 10%

Four of the Glenn College’s graduate specialties have been placed among the ranks of the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report.

Events & News

Tuesday, March 28, 5:30pm to 7pm
Monday, April 17, 5:30pm to 7pm
Monday, 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Glenn College doctoral student Lisa Frazier has won third place in the Hayes Graduate Research Forum. Frazier's poster was titled "Managing Medicaid Misclassification: Using Simulation Techniques to Identify Administrative Leverage Points in Policy Implementation."

Frazier’s research looked at the complex administrative challenge all states face of providing for health care services to Medicaid recipients while operating within budgetary constraints in a dynamic political and economic environment. Her poster presented the conceptual model for dynamic modeling simulations where public officials can experiment with different eligibility criteria and enrollment procedures, and consider the probable effects of those changes on Medicaid enrollments and administrative effectiveness. This approach builds on existing statistical models by accounting for the complex dynamics and uncertainties in the eligibility and enrollment processes. Using dynamic simulation will help state governments understand how and why people move on and off the benefit rolls and better serve their populations.

The Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum showcases the innovative and exemplary research being conducted by Ohio State graduate students across the full range of graduate degree programs. The Forum is co-sponsored by the Council of Graduate Students, the Graduate School, and the Office of Research.
The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) has announced that Professor Josh Hawley will be one of the editors of the 2020 Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education. Every ten years since the 1930's, AAACE has produced an edited handbook that engages contemporary issues, research, and practices in the field of adult and continuing education. The editors are selected through a competitive bidding process.

Also, Hawley recently presented before the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation on the plans for Ohio's Workforce Success Measures (WSM). The OERC team at the Glenn College and the Center for Human Resource Research are currently updating WMS dashboard for the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation. The WSM dashboard uses Ohio administrative data made available through the Ohio Analytics partnership and is a unique data tool that agencies in Ohio use to provide cross-program data on the federal Workforce Innovations and Opportunities Act. Click here to watch the presentations.
Congratulations to Professor Jill Clark on receiving the John T. and Ruth Weimer Mount Award from The Ohio State University's Alumni Association in cooperation with Sphinx and Mortar Board Senior Honorees. The Mount Award is given annually to a faculty or staff member for their outstanding dedication to students and Ohio State University. Each student of the Sphinx and Mortar Board Seniors nominates a faculty member for recognition. This year there were 50 faculty and staff members nominated by Sphinx and Mortar Board students.
Professor Jeff Bielicki has been selected to receive a 2017 College of Engineering Lumley Research Award. The Lumley Research Award recognize the research contributions and productivity of faculty and research scientists. Bielicki holds a joint appointment with the Glenn College and the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering.
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