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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Undergraduate Stories
Graduate Stories
Degrees that make a difference

The Glenn College is committed to inspiring and developing leaders of a new generation of public and nonprofit professionals who can take on complex issues and improve civic life. To achieve this, the Glenn College offers two undergraduate degrees:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Management, Leadership, and Policy
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Policy Analysis
Pursue your advanced degree with one of these Glenn College graduate programs:
  • A traditional, two-year full-time residential Master of Public Administration (MPA).
  • An "in-career" Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management (MA) that is designed for working professionals.
  • An online Master of Public Administration and Leadership (MPAL) degree.
  • Ten dual/joint degree partnerships across campus.
  • A full-time, cohort-based doctoral program.
The Glenn College graduate certificate programs develop and highlight your skills in a specific area of expertise. We offer two certificates that can stand alone or be added on to a graduate degree program.
  • Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration
  • Certificate in Public Management

If you are a working professional looking to develop and enhance management and leadership skills the Glenn College’s Certificate in Public & Nonprofit Leadership will provide you the knowledge to excel in your career.

The Management Advancement for the Public Service (MAPS) Program offers training seminars that build management and leadership skills for top executives, mid-level managers, first-line supervisors and administrative support staff. Skill-building sessions are available for employees at all levels.
For these graduates, it's not just a job

Facts & Stats


The Glenn College is ranked best in Ohio — a full 46 spots above the next highest ranked Ohio program — and 14th nationally among the 290 public affairs schools in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate School Rankings. No other public affairs program in Ohio is ranked in the top 50 schools.


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


of Glenn College MPA, In-Career MA and Dual degree graduates are employed or are in graduate school within six months of graduation.

Top 10%

Three of the Glenn College’s graduate specialties have been placed among the ranks of the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report. Public Management and Leadership is ranked 10th best, Nonprofit Management is ranked at No. 12 and Public Policy Analysis is No. 25.

News & Events

Students awarded scholarships to honor Ohio State sesquicentennial

Congratulations to Glenn College students Jayda Rogers, Michael Kohler, Shaun Khurana and Aditi Thapar on being selected as The Ohio State University Sesquicentennial Scholars. Ohio State awarded 150 $2,500 sesquicentennial scholarships to students across the university for the 2019- 2020 academic year as one part of the university’s sesquicentennial celebration. Learn more

Glenn College Continues to Rise in U.S. News and World Report Rankings

U.S. News & World Report recognized the John Glenn College of Public Affairs as among the top 5 percent of public affairs graduate school programs in its 2020 Best Graduate School rankings. Of the 290 public affairs graduate programs, the Glenn College was placed as 14th best, four points better than last year when the college was ranked in the 18th spot. Learn more

Andrea Headley’s Research Wins PMRA Award

Professor Andrea Headley has won the 2019 Public Management Research Association’s Best Dissertation Award. Headley’s dissertation — "Understanding the Organizational Factors That Impact Police-Community Relations" — takes a multi-method approach to understand what, how, and why organizational and managerial factors of police departments impact their relationships with the community. Learn more.

Shadia Jallaq receives Diversity Enhancement Award

POWER Program Manager Shadia Jallaq has received the Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award in recognition of her outstanding diversity and inclusion work. Given by The Ohio State University's Office of Human Resources and the Senate Diversity Committee, the award recognizes members of the Ohio State community who have implemented policies, procedures, and/or programs to enhance diversity. Learn more



Dialogue: Basic Income for All … and other ways to close the income gap

Could raising income taxes for the wealthy fund new programs and help reduce income inequality? Could universal basic income —essentially “Social Security for All”— combat poverty? Is guaranteed income — a guarantee that all citizens or families have an income sufficient to live on, provided they meet certain conditions — a solution? We will discuss these and other policy ideas with Lynn Parramore, senior research analyst at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, and Dr. Darrick Hamilton, executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Click here to RSVP.
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