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

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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

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.

Events & News



Dialogue: Sports and Society

With March Madness underway, we will take a look at the prominent role sports plays in American society. From billions spent on college football and basketball, to taxpayers paying billions for arenas and stadiums, to the sports concussion crisis, to ever-expanding sports gambling, we’ll examine why sports are so important to our culture.

Featured panelists are Dr. Pete Edwards, co-owner of the Columbus Crew, and Gene Smith, The Ohio State University's director of athletics. Moderated by Ann Fisher, host of All Sides with Ann Fisher. Learn more and register.
Trade Skirmish brief

The Economic Impact of the Trade Skirmish of 2018 on the Nation and Ohio

Ohio is front and center in the trade conflict sparked by the Trump administration’s initiation of tariffs in 2018 to protect the U.S. steel and aluminum industries. Glenn College Professor Ned Hill and his coauthor Fran Stewart have released a new public policy briefing that looks at the economic impact of this international trade fight on Ohio and the nation. Click here to learn more.
John Horack

John Horack receives Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching

Professor John Horack has received The Ohio State University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. The award, Ohio State’s most prestigious award for teaching, annually recognizes ten faculty members for their teaching excellence.

Students, faculty, and alumni nominate faculty; and a committee of students, previous recipients, and alumni choose the recipients.

Recipients of the award are also inducted into the Academy of Teaching whose members meet periodically about matters related to teaching excellence at The Ohio State University.

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Jill Clark

Clark wins Mosher and Mosher Award

Professor Jill Clark has been awarded the prestigious William E. Mosher and Frederick C. Mosher Award for her article "Designing Public Participation: Managing Problem Settings and Social Equity." The Mosher and Mosher Award is presented to the author of the best article published in Public Administration Review for the volume year. Click here to read the paper.

U.S. Foreign Policy for the Middle Class: Perspectives From Ohio

All U.S. administrations aim for foreign policies that protect and enhance Americans’ safety, prosperity, and way of life. However, there is disagreement within and across political party lines on whether the U.S. role abroad is adequately advancing the economic well-being of the middle class at home.

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace partnered with researchers at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs to conduct a study to determine whether significant changes to U.S. foreign policy are needed to better advance the economic well-being of America’s middle class. Ohio was chosen for the inaugural study because of its economic and political diversity and its well-known status as a bellwether state. Click here to learn more.

Gov. DeWine names Glenn College graduates to positions in the new administration

Kimberly Murnieks, MPA ’95, will serve as DeWine's budget architect by leading the Office of Budget and Management. Murnieks will be returning to OBM, where she began her career in public finance working as a budget analyst. She's held her current post as chief operating officer for the attorney general's office for the last eight years.

Matt Damschroder, MA '14, has been selected as the director of the Department of Administrative Services. Most recently, Damschroder has been assistant secretary of state and chief of staff in Secretary of State Jon Husted's office.

Kevin Miller, MA '00, was reappointed as executive director of Opportunities For Ohioans With Disabilities. He has held the position since 2011.

And, Findlay, OH, Mayor Lydia Mihalik has been named Development Services Agency director. Mihalik was part of the inaugural class of elected official who took part in the State of Ohio Leadership Institute's Public Leadership Academy at the Glenn College.

Joe Biden receives the 2018 Excellence in Public Service Award

Former Vice President Joe Biden received the John Glenn College of Public Affairs' 2018 Excellence in Public Service Award for his commitment to citizenship and public leadership at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., July 11, 2018.

Vice President Biden's career exemplifies unparalleled life-long leadership by an elected official. This dedication to public service has continued after his term in office through a number of initiatives, including the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware where he continues to influence, shape and work to solve the most pressing domestic policy issues facing America today.

The Excellence in Public Service Award is the John Glenn College of Public Affairs' most prestigious celebration of public service. For 30 years the award has been presented each summer during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. and honors individuals who have a distinguished history of public service that led to more effective public administration. Drawing on the vision and achievements of Sen. John Glenn, honorees reflect the ideals of our mission and inspire others to serve.

Click here to see photos from the event.

Professor Moulton wins the Gerald Brown Award

Congratulations to Professor Stephanie Moulton and her coauthor Donald Haurin on winning the Gerald Brown Award for the best paper of the year in the Journal of European Real Estate Research.

Their paper — "International Perspectives on Home Ownership and Home Equity Extraction by Senior Households" — explores the extent that seniors extract their home equity and discusses the financial instruments available for equity extraction and links the literature on the life cycle hypothesis, home ownership, home equity, and pensions.

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Professor Beaton receives the Gabriel Rudney Memorial Award

Congratulations to Professor Erynn Beaton on receiving the Gabriel Rudney Memorial Award for an Outstanding Dissertation in Nonprofit & Voluntary Action Research.

This highly selective award is given annually for a PhD dissertation that contributes to the advancement of theory, conceptualization, research or practice closely related to nonprofit organizations or voluntary action.

The decision review committee consisting of distinguished ARNOVA members selected Dr. Beaton’s dissertation "Managerialism, Mission, & Values: Micromechanisms of Nonprofit Institutionalization," which she completed at the University of Massachusetts Boston business school’s program on Organizations & Social Change in May 2017.

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Jim Landers joins the Glenn College as Enarson Fellow in Public Budgeting and Financial Management

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs is delighted to announce that Dr. Jim Landers will be joining the faculty as the Enarson Fellow in Public Budgeting and Financial Management this fall.

Until this appointment, Landers was the director of the Office of Fiscal and Management Analysis for the Indiana Legislative Services Agency, a nonpartisan research and support organization for the Indiana General Assembly that produces fiscal notes for all bills, produces fiscal research on various issues, and assists in the state's revenue forecast and budget preparation.

“Jim's extensive practical knowledge of budgeting and financial management and history of public service make him a perfect fit for the Glenn College,” said Trevor Brown, dean of the Glenn College.

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Glenn College rises in global rankings

The Glenn College is now ranked as 13th best Public Administration school in the world by the ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018. Last year the Glenn College was ranked at number 19.

ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018 is produced by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. ShanghaiRanking began to publish rankings by academic subjects in 2009. In these latest rankings, more than 4,000 universities were ranked by 54 subject areas across Natural Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Social Sciences.

Ranking indicators include measures of research productivity, research quality, the extent of international collaboration, research with top quality, and the highest academic recognition.

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MPA student Sam Malloy among global winners of the 2018 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition

Sam Malloy, a second year Glenn College MPA student is part of a three-person team that has won second place globally in the 2018 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition —the largest-ever student simulation competition in higher education. Malloy and his teammates — Kerry Edinger, University of Oregon, and Jil Heimensen, Portland State University — will each receive $500 from the University of Virginia's Batten School’s Center for Leadership Simulation and Gaming (CLSG) and NASPAA.

This year’s competition connected more than 500 students from 159 universities and 27 countries through computer-based simulated game play at 15 global host sites.

The teams were evaluated on simulation scores, negotiation skills, and presentations made to regional site judges, who selected 22 regional winners. Malloy's team had previously taken first place at the regional event held at the University of Washington in March.

A panel of prominent “super judges” then determined the global winners: one first-place team from San José State University, Malloy's team tied for second place with a team from Arizona State University, and one third-place team from Cornell University.

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Toward a new Ohio

Glenn College Distinguished Adjunct Professor Bill Shkurti and his coauthor Fran Stewart have released three reports on the state’s long-term economic performance and economic development that conclude in 12 questions about Ohio’s economy directed at the state’s candidates for governor. The purpose of this project is to help frame the debate for Ohio’s next governor by laying out the challenges facing Ohio’s economy and seeking candidates’ proposals for addressing them. Click here to read the papers.

Glenn College ranked in the top 20 programs

The US News and World Report rankings are out and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs is rated in the top 20 programs. The Glenn College is now ranked 18th among the 282 public affairs schools nationwide. No other public affairs program in Ohio is ranked in the top 50 schools. The college had been ranked at number 25.

This reflects a steady rise from its first ranking in US News & World Report in 2007 when the newly founded John Glenn School of Public Affairs was placed at number 46.

Additionally, five of the Glenn College’s graduate specialties are in the top 10 percent in the new rankings: Nonprofit Management (13th); Public Management and Leadership (19th); Urban Policy (19th); Public Policy Analysis (20th); Public Budgeting and Finance (26th).

Brown to Serve as Executive Director of the State of Ohio Leadership Institute

Trevor L. Brown will be the inaugural executive director of the newly created State of Ohio Leadership Institute (SOLI). Brown brings experience as an academic leader, public sector trainer and instructor, and consultant to many public organizations at the federal, state and local levels. He will combine his role as SOLI’s executive director with his position as the dean of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University where SOLI will be housed.

“It’s an honor to help launch the State of Ohio Leadership Institute,” said Brown. “My career has been devoted to preparing the next generation of public servants and leaders.”

SOLI’s mission and purpose are to provide programming and leadership training to Ohio’s state and local elected officials. With funding from the State of Ohio and contributions from the Ohio State University, the John Glenn College of Public Affairs governs SOLI’s operations. SOLI will offer residential leadership programs, in-person and online training workshops and modules, and symposia and conferences to elected officials throughout the State. SOLI will also help get young people involved in public service through internships with the Statehouse and other state and local offices.

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Martin Luther King Day/Glenn Gives Back Day of Service

More than 50 Glenn College students, staff, faculty, alumni and their families braved the cold and snow to make sandwiches for the St. Lawrence Haven Soup Kitchen. The crowd made 880 sandwiches as part of the college's Martin Luther King Day/Glenn Gives Back Day of Service.

The St. Lawrence Haven Soup Kitchen provides 300 to 500 free lunches daily to the hungry Monday through Friday in downtown Columbus.

Glenn Gives Back Day of Service was sponsored by the Glenn College Alumni Society, Young Alumni Club, Public Affairs Student Association, Public Affairs Multicultural Student Organization, Civic Leadership Council and Civic Leadership Learning Community.

2017 Glenn College Alumni Awards

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Three outstanding alumnae of the Glenn College were honored at the college's Leadership Forum for their public service. Lucy Gettman, a 1981 dual degree graduate in Public Administration and Social Work, was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for Career Achievement. Sarah Nerad, a 2015 MPA graduate, was given the Young Alumni Achievement Award and Kim Ratcliff, a 1995 graduate of the college’s Masters of Public Administration program, received the Outstanding Alumni Service Award.

Click here to watch short videos and read stories about their achievements.

Ohio State establishes Drug Enforcement and Policy Center

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law announced that it, in partnership with the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the College of Social Work, will establish the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center (DEPC) with funding provided by a $4.5 million gift from the Charles Koch Foundation.

An interdisciplinary center, DEPC will foster collaboration among Ohio State’s nationally recognized faculty in the areas of criminal law, public affairs, legislative reform, community well-being, economic development and social justice to explore how the “war on drugs” and other drug enforcement policies have affected Americans over the past half-century and possibilities for reform and improvement. It will also serve as an independent and reliable source for researchers, policymakers, the media and others interested in objective information about drug enforcement and reform, including rigorous examination of ongoing efforts by many states to replace blanket marijuana prohibition with various legalization and regulatory systems and rules.

“The Glenn College is excited to support the research and analysis of this new center to address the vexing challenges we face in drugs and law enforcement,” said Trevor Brown, dean of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

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New study to look at "deglobablization" and its effects on the Midwest

What would the ramifications be to Great Lakes region if the United States were to get ensnared in a lengthy trade war? These are questions Glenn College Assistant Professor Jeffrey Bielicki and other Ohio State researchers will address as they examine the possible effects of deglobablization and model the scenarios that might play out in the Midwest. The work is supported by the National Science Foundation, which on Sept. 19 announced a grant for Ohio State that is expected to exceed $2.4 million over the next three years. The money is provided through Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS), a research partnership between NSF and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Click here to learn more.

Glenn College ranked 19th best in the world

Cover of reprt ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects for 2017 was recently released and in the category of public administration programs, the John Glenn College of Public Affairs was ranked as 19th best in the world.

ShanghaiRanking began publishing Academic Ranking of World Universities by academic subjects in 2009. This release contains rankings of universities in 52 subjects across natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences, and social sciences. In total, more than 4,000 universities were ranked.

Ranking indicators include measures of research productivity, research quality, extent of international collaboration and academic recognition. The bibliometric data is from Web of Science and InCites database produced by Clarivate Analytics. Click here to learn more.

Glenn College to provide educational opportunity for elected officials

Elected Officials will soon have the opportunity to better prepare for their jobs with the help of Ohio State University's new State of Ohio Leadership Institute (SOLI). Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger joined other lawmakers and Ohio State University leaders in front of Page Hall to announce the new institute, which will be developed by the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. SOLI will provide leadership training and education for current and future elected officials at state and local levels. Click here to learn more.

No time to wait: building a public service for the 21st century

Cover of reprt Glenn College Professor Jos Raadschelders was part of a five-member panel of National Academy of Public Administration Fellows who conducted a study on how the federal government's civil service staffing challenges can best be addressed. The report, "No Time to Wait: Building a Public Service for the 21st Century" describes the current federal civil service system as "fundamentally broken." The panel recommends the federal government establish a new human capital system that provides agencies with the flexibility to effectively manage their missions. Click here to learn more.

Study to explore Franklin County’s high eviction rate

Columbus Eviction Court The John Glenn College of Public Affairs is teaming up with the city of Columbus and Franklin County to research the reasons behind the county's alarmingly high rate of eviction.
Glenn College graduate students will lead the research and gather research through face-to-face interviews, field observation and data collection. We teach our students that before you run to solutions, you have to understand the problem,” said Dean Trevor Brown. “Why is it that so many individuals and families are being asked to leave their homes and places of shelter?” Click here to learn more.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis receives the 2017 Excellence in Public Service Award

Jim Mattis United States Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis received the John Glenn College of Public Affairs' 2017 Excellence in Public Service Award for his commitment to citizenship and public leadership at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., June 20, 2017. Mattis said he was humbled by the award. “It’s not about me,” he said. “It’s about public service. We’re trying to build a country here, and it’s never done.” Dean Trevor Brown said the Excellence in Public Service Award has gone to many who have decorated resumes with a spirit of service over the years, but in the wake of Sen. John Glenn’s death, he wanted to find someone Glenn respected tremendously. “There’s no question that Secretary Mattis is deserving of this award tonight,” he said. “This is in part the college’s way to fulfill its commitment to the senator — to bind someone he revered in his life to the life of the college.” Mattis said John Glenn was a role model. “I do not have the words to fully express my admiration and respect for Lyn’s father, for Annie’s husband, for a man who did what he did,” he said. “We all need role models in this world. We all need them because they inspire us. They remind us that if we look at someone like this, we can always be better the next day. We all need a code and the role models we choose to remind us of what we can be in this country give us so many beautiful opportunities. Click here to learn more
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