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

Registration is now open for the 2017 Glenn College Leadership Forum

The Glenn College Leadership Forum is the state’s premier conference designed for individuals working in the public sector. In breakout sessions and in keynote talks, experts in the public policy arena provide insights into emerging trends in policy, administration and leadership that will enhance your career.

Click here to learn more and to register.

Defense Secretary Mattis receives the Glenn College's 2017 Excellence in Public Service Award

United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis received the John Glenn College of Public Affairs' 2017 Excellence in Public Service Award for his commitment to citizenship and public leadership.

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 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.”

Click here to learn more and to watch an extended video of the reception with remarks by Dean Brown and Lyn Glenn, John Glenn's daughter.

Glenn College to provide educational opportunity for elected officials

Press conference in front of Page Hall 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 introduce the new institute, which the John Glenn College of Public Affairs will develop. SOLI will provide leadership training and education for current and future elected officials at state and local levels. 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.
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No time to wait: building a public service for the 21st century

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" was released today (7/19/17).

Calling the current federal civil service system "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.
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