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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, the Bachelor of Arts in Public Management, Leadership, and Policy and the Bachelor of Science in Public Policy Analysis.

The Glenn College also offers a combined degree program that allows students to complete a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, and also earn a Master of Public Administration degree within five years.
Pursue your advanced degree with one of these Glenn College graduate programs:
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.
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 Certificate in Public & Nonprofit Leadership – Veterans program was developed in collaboration with the National Veterans Memorial and Museum and focuses on providing leadership education to those who have recently left the military, those about to leave the military or individuals who work with veterans.
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.

The Public Safety Leadership Academy is offered by the John Glenn College of Public Affairs in partnership with the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Students are law enforcement leaders from across the state.

The Ohio Association of Election Officials partnering with the Glenn College offers registered election officials certification programs.
For these graduates, it's not just a job

Facts & 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.

Message from the Glenn College on Racism and Social Justice

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs grieves the losses of life that have sparked and resulted from events that have torn apart our community and our country. The harms of racism are psychological and material – feeling disenfranchised and vulnerable, and suffering inequality of opportunity and access to safety, employment, health care, housing, schooling, and other important public goods. One of racism’s most destructive forms is when it is perpetrated by a representative of a public body tasked with serving the community. The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and too many other people of color in the care and custody of public sector professionals are failures of public institutions to protect and serve.

The Glenn College is a community committed to making the world a more democratic and just place with equal access, opportunity, and outcomes for all. The faculty and staff of the College have the privileged responsibility of helping students contribute to something bigger than themselves and of creating knowledge to improve public governance and public policymaking and implementation.

We need your help in this endeavor and seek your counsel and input on how we can help move society forward.

In the weeks and months ahead, we pledge to take active steps to advance the cause of equal, fair and just treatment for all, particularly for those who are harmed by racism in public institutions and by their representatives. These steps will include listening and dialoguing inside and outside the classroom; conducting research that diagnoses the causes and consequences of inequity and racism; and engaging with community members and public organizations, including law enforcement organizations here in Ohio, to adopt policies and practices that promote social justice and equality.

Please join us in this essential work.
News & Events

Congratulations to the Glenn College Class of 2020!

Celebrate the Class of 2020 at a special Glenn College pre-commencement website. Listen to Dean Trevor Brown share a congratulatory message, learn the winners of annual distinguished awards including the Outstanding Public Service Award, and read the names of the Glenn College graduates.

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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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AG Yost partners with the Glenn College and nonprofit to study charitable impacts during COVID-19 pandemic

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office partnered with Philanthropy Ohio and The Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs to produce The Ohio Nonprofit COVID-19 Survey which captured early reactions of the nonprofit sector to the pandemic, including their concerns and planned actions.

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Office of Research awards second round of COVID-19 seed funding

Proposals by two centers at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs have been awarded grants for COVID-19 research. The Glenn College’s Battelle Center for Science, Engineering, and Public Policy and the Ohio Education Research Center are two of only six projects that were awarded a total of $204,000 in the second round of COVID-19 Seed Funding.

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Clark awarded Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award

Jill Clark, associate professor in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Canada for “Scaling-up food democracy: An analysis of Canadian and U.S. food policy councils.” During her time in Canada, Clark will be researching at Carleton University in Ottawa to study the role of local, state and provincial food policy councils in national food policy.

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Celebrating growth

Fifty years ago, The Ohio State University launched Ohio’s first advanced public administration degree for aspiring public service professionals.

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