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
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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:
  • 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 "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

#14

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.

94%

of our undergraduates are employed or are in graduate/professional school within six months of graduation.

100%

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

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

OERC to research Columbus’ readiness for the smart city jobs of the future

The Ohio Education and Research Center (OERC) at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs will begin research to identify skills needed for careers of tomorrow. Sponsored by the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio, Smart Columbus and the United Way of Central Ohio, OERC will research future employment opportunities for central Ohio residents in industries related to intelligent transportation systems, electrification, internet of things, financial services and healthcare. It will also address the skills needed to fill those jobs, and gaps in current local training programs. Learn more.

Students awarded scholarships to honor Ohio State sesquicentennial

Congratulations to Glenn College students Jayda Rogers, Michael Kohler, Shaun Khurana and Aditi Thapar on being selected as The Ohio State University Sesquicentennial Scholars. Ohio State awarded 150 $2,500 sesquicentennial scholarships to students across the university for the 2019- 2020 academic year as one part of the university’s sesquicentennial celebration. Learn more

Glenn College continues to rise in U.S. News and World Report rankings

U.S. News & World Report recognized the John Glenn College of Public Affairs as among the top 5 percent of public affairs graduate school programs in its 2020 Best Graduate School rankings. Of the 290 public affairs graduate programs, the Glenn College was placed as 14th best, four points better than last year when the college was ranked in the 18th spot. Learn more

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2019 Excellence in Public Service Award

Join the John Glenn College of Public Affairs in honoring Senator Susan Collins at this year's Excellence in Public Service Reception. The Excellence in Public Service Award is the John Glenn College of Public Affairs most prestigious celebration of public service. The award is presented each summer during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., and honors individuals who have a distinguished history of public service that led to a more effective public administration. Drawing on the vision and achievements of Senator John Glenn, honorees reflect the ideals of our mission and inspire others to serve. Learn more
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