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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Facts and Stats


The Glenn College is ranked best in Ohio — a full 45 spots above the next highest ranked Ohio program — and 13th 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 and Events

Anna "Annie" Glenn

Annie Glenn was the wife and lifelong companion of Senator John Glenn. In midlife, she conquered her speech impediment and found her voice as an advocate for others who struggled as she did. She died on Tuesday, May 19 in St. Paul, Minn. She was 100.

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2020 Excellence in Public Service Award goes to Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs is pleased to announce that Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, PhD, has been selected to receive the Glenn College's 2020 Excellence in Public Service Award. This award is given to a national leader for their commitment to citizenship and public leadership. Hayden is the 14th Librarian of Congress, and the first woman and African American to lead the national library. She was the first professional librarian appointed to the position in more than 60 years.

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Hawley awarded Fulbright ASEAN research program award

Joshua Hawley, a professor in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and associate director of the Center for Human Resource Research, was awarded a Fulbright ASEAN Research Program Award. He will examine labor market data systems and their use by the education systems in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam and will lay the groundwork for a new model of how data can be used in educational planning.

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Glenn College announces new podcast/video series

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs is launching "Policy Brief," a new podcast and video series exploring current public policy issues. Hosted by Glenn College Dean Trevor Brown, “Policy Brief” is a series of informed conversations with policymakers, influencers and public sector professionals. Each episode will post in video and podcast format.

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