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 MPA-DC track that is designed to train Glenn College students for future careers in Washington.
  • 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.

Staying ahead in today’s workplace takes continuous learning. The John Glenn College of Public Affairs provides Management Advancement for the Public Service (MAPS) training programs to meet the unique needs of public sector and nonprofit professionals at all career levels.

Seminars include a wide array of practical topics, interactive learning and dynamic, nationally recognized instructors committed to enhancing the quality of public service.
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

Ohio START research project wins NIDA grant

Dr. Amanda Girth is co-investigator on a research team that has been awarded a grant of more than $700,000 to examine the implementation of Ohio START, an intervention that integrates substance use treatment and child welfare systems to facilitate parents’ access to treatment and recovery. The grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse will fund this three-year project led by Dr. Alicia Bunger (College of Social Work). Dr. Girth will provide expertise on cross-sector collaboration in the contracting regime as provider contracts are a critical component of Ohio START implementation.

Sen. Susan Collins receives Excellence in Public Service Award

U.S. Senator Susan Collins was honored with the 2019 Excellence in Public Service Award from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Tuesday (6/25/2019). Past recipients of this award include Vice President Joe Biden in 2018 and U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis in 2017. Learn more

Carrie Mayer named 2019 Tillman Scholar

Glenn College dual degree student and U.S. Army veteran Carrie Mayer has been named a 2019 Tillman Scholar. Mayer plans to pursue a law degree in the Moritz College of Law as well as a master of public administration degree in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. She is one of just 60 scholars selected (only 2.5 percent of applicants were chosen) by the Pat Tillman Foundation (PTF) for the prestigious award. Learn more

Glenn College is #10 in world ranking

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University has been ranked as the 10th best in the world in the Public Administration category in the 2019 ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. Last year the Glenn College was ranked at 13th best and in 2017 the Glenn College was ranked at number 19. Learn more



Campus Celebration and Open House

The Glenn College will kick-off its 50th Anniversary with a special campus celebration and open house from noon to 3 p.m. Dean Trevor Brown and the college’s faculty invite all Glenn College campus alumni, instructors and partners to return to Page Hall for this celebration. Attendees will get 50th anniversary swag, and are also invited to participate in a Glenn College campus family picture on the steps of Page Hall. Learn More.



Dialogue: Disinformation in the Digital Age

Disinformation – the purposeful spread of false or misleading information — is an ancient phenomenon but has exploded in recent years Reality increasingly is being distorted by fake videos, fake people and cries of “fake news.” Can anything be done to fight fakes without endangering our fundamental values including freedom of speech? What will happen if we fail to rein in disinformation? Learn More.



Glenn College Alumni Homecoming Pregame Huddle Tailgate

Alumni are invited to return to campus and join the Glenn College Alumni Society for the Ohio State vs. Michigan State Homecoming football game and Pregame Huddle tailgate. The Pregame Huddle tailgate is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. with kick-off starting at 7:30 p.m. Learn More.



Welcome Home Reunion Reception

All alumni and past/current faculty, instructors and staff are invited to a special reception at Page Hall. Please join us for an evening to renew friendships, rekindle memories and celebrate a collective passion for public service. This event will include remarks from former and current directors and faculty, and student-led building tours of Page Hall, which is home to many of Sen. Glenn’s artifacts and historical documents. Learn More.



Glenn College Leadership Forum

Registration is now open for the 2019 Glenn College Leadership Forum. Designed specifically for alumni and individuals working in the public management field, this one-day conference will provide meaningful coverage of current or emerging trends in public policy, administration and leadership. With a blend of faculty and practitioner-led sessions, this year’s event will offer seven unique concurrent sessions as well as featured keynote talks by Thomas Ross, president of the Volcker Alliance and Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health. Learn More.



OSU vs. Wisconsin Football Game

Close out the Glenn College’s Reunion Weekend by attending the OSU Advocates Fall Forum, Pregame Huddle tailgate and Ohio State football game against Wisconsin. Glenn College alumni are invited to gather with fellow Buckeye Advocates for a tailgate inspired event before the Ohio State vs. Wisconsin football game. The event includes appearances by Ohio State personalities and game-day activities. Learn More.
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