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.

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 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 undergradues 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

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the European Space Agency (ESA) and The Ohio State University that will promote research and education collaboration in space-related engineering, science, law, and policy at the 2016 International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico.

“This exciting new ESA-OSU partnership is an important foundation piece in building Ohio State’s capacity to push the frontier of aerospace policy and practice,” said Dr. Trevor Brown, Dean of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) provides for an exchange of faculty, fellows and scholars for lecturing, advanced studies, and research as wells as an exchange of scientific and technological literature. It also will provide a foundation for joint workshops and conferences. Learn More

Professor Amanda Girth has released a new study on local government contracting. The article, “Incentives in Third-Party Governance: Management Practices and Accountability Implications,” is published in Public Administration Review. Professor Girth assesses public managers’ use of contract incentives to motivate contractor performance and achieve contract accountability. She constructs a typology of contract incentives to capture a robust range of formal and informal incentives, and identifies the factors that influence managerial use of contract incentives. The findings demonstrates the complexities of maintaining accountability in third-party governance structures, advances theory development, and shapes an agenda for future research in this area.

Glenn College major Mikayla Bodey was a member of the 2016 Homecoming Court. Court members are chosen based on their leadership qualities, spirit, integrity, and achievement through their contributions and involvement at Ohio State.

Congratulations to MPA student Bryn Webster and Public Affairs major Elizabeth Paparone on winning the Glenn College Alumni Society's 2016 Student Scholarship. Click here to read their essays.

Congratulations to 2016 Glenn College Alumni Awards winners Beverley Laubert, MA ’93, Distinguished Alumnus Award for Career Achievement, Daniel Ortega-Pacheco, Ph.D. ’10, Young Alumni Achievement Award and Michael Toman, MPA ’95, Outstanding Alumni Service Award. They will be honored at the Glenn College’s annual Welcome Home Alumni Reception and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, September 29th.

Glenn College alumnus Jack Miner has been named Ohio State's new university registrar. Miner holds a master's degree in public policy and management from the Glenn College and has been with Ohio State for 24 years, most recently serving as director of operations for the University Registrar.

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