Everyone has a cause they are passionate about

With so many important issues challenging the world today sometimes the most difficult step is deciding where to start. Pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs launches 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 degree programs will prepare you with the skills, knowledge and experiences to get things done.

The Glenn College is committed to inspiring and developing you to become a leader of a new generation of public and nonprofit professionals who can handle complex issues and make change a reality in civic life.

This is not textbook policy. We show you how governments, nonprofits and private firms can work together to serve the public and get results. Through internships, service opportunities and collaborations with community partners, you will go beyond the classroom to tackle real-world issues that demand new approaches. The Glenn College emphasizes bringing people and communities together to find a common ground across diverse perspectives and experiences. We offer more than an education. We offer a lifetime of relationships and collaborative environments to build the communities of the future.

What separates the students at the Glenn College from everyone else? Our graduates have the tools to make their passion their life’s work. How would you make the world a better place? We willl teach you how to turn your passion into policy. Helping you make a change in the issues that matter most to you drives the Glenn College experience.

  • Sherrod Brown, MA '81, United States Senator
  • Drew Willison, MPA '90, U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms
  • Chuck Atkins, MA '73, Chief of Staff, U.S. House Science & Technology Committee
  • Mary Schiavo, MA '77, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Dan Crippen, MA '76, Director, U.S. Congressional Budget Office
  • Anne Henry Chasser, MA '99, Commissioner for Trademarks, US Patent and Trademark Office
  • Tracy Plouck, MPA '97, Director, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addition Services
  • William Schkurti, MA '74, Director, Ohio Office of Budget and Management
  • Lisa Patt McDaniel, MPA '96, Director, Ohio Department of Development
  • Don Anderson, MA '73, Director, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • William Ryan, MA '90, Director, Ohio Department of Health
  • Thomas Rice, MA '81, Superintendent, Ohio State Highway Patrol
  • Dana McDaniel, MPA '90, Brigadier General, Ohio National Guard and City Manager, Dublin, Ohio
  • Julia Dorrian, MA '97, Judge, 10th District Court
  • Michael White, MA '74, Mayor, City of Cleveland
  • Matt Habash, MA '81, President, Columbus City Councilv
  • Michael Epperson, MA '97, City Manager, New Bern, North Carolina
  • David Elder, MA '80, City Manager, Worthington, Ohio
  • Douglas Elliot, MPA '79, City Manager, Oxford, Ohio
  • Donald Holycross, MPA '77, City Manager, Pulaski, Ohio
  • Craig Hubler, MPA '79, City Manager, Nevada, Missouri
  • Thomas Lando, MA '73, City Manager, Chico, California
  • Andrew Brannen, MPA '99, City Manager, Princeton, New Jersey
  • Douglas Lewis, MPA '82, City Manager, Conneaut, Ohio
  • Judith Zimomra, MPA '82, City Manager, Sanibel, Florida
  • Jeff Cabot, MA '71, City Manager, Franklin County, Ohio
  • Guy Worley, MA '91, President & CEO, Columbus Downtown Development Corp. and Capitol South Community Urban Redevelopment Corp.
  • Don Brown, MA '72, County Administrator, Franklin County, Ohio
  • Gregory Paxton, MA '98, Fire Chief, Columbus Division of Fire
  • John Bartle, Ph.D. '90, Dean, College of Public Affairs and Community Service, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Bart Wechsler, Ph.D. '85, Director, Trueman School, University of Missouri
  • Glen Hahn Cope, Ph.D. '81, Dean, College of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Illinois
  • Min Bong You, Ph.D. '90, Dean of Graduate School and Social Sciences, Sungyunkwan University, Seoul, South Korea
  • Malik Abdall, MPA '82, Presidential Advisor, Office of Somali President
  • Yun Hi Won, Ph.D. '91, President, University of Seoul , South Korea
  • Brett Baby, MA '78, President, United Healthcare of Ohio
  • David Taylor, MPA '75/Ph.D. '76, CEO, Cambridge Books
  • Michael Champness, MPA '87, Executive Coordinator, Dept. of Defense Air Domain Awareness Integration at Headquarters, U.S. Air Force

Glenn College by the numbers


The Glenn College is ranked in the top 10 percent of Public Affairs graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report.


Percentage of 2014-2015 Glenn College undergraduates who are employed or attend graduate school.


Percentage of 2014-2015 Glenn College MPA and Dual degree students who are employed or attend graduate school.

Bachelor of Arts
Management, Leadership, and Policy

The Bachelor of Arts in Public Management, Leadership, and Policy is designed to develop skills in the areas of public management and policy while providing foundational training in economics and public finance. If you see yourself in a leadership role in a government agency, nonprofit organization, or community outreach group, the BA is the program for you.

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Bachelor of Science
Public Policy Analysis

Our newest degree program, the Bachelor of Science in Public Policy Analysis, provides extensive training in policy analysis, public finance, and economics while integrating concepts of public leadership and civic engagement. If you want to use data to solve problems and help shape the world, the BS is the degree for you.

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Master of Public Administration

The Glenn College’s Master of Public Administration degree provides you with the applied skills needed to succeed in today’s workforce. You will be prepared to lead and grow a career through a grounded 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. Don’t wait to make a difference. Apply now.

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Master of Arts
Public Policy and Management

If you are currently in the workforce looking for a way to move up in your field, then the Glenn College’s Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management program is a perfect fit for your needs. Scheduling flexibility allows you to balance work, school and family life. Classes are available during evening hours, or you can attend full-time and complete the program in one year. 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.

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Dual/Joint Degree Programs

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 than it would take to pursue them independently while enhancing your interdisciplinary expertise in both fields. Whether you choose the dual/joint degrees option or explore the individualized dual degree option, the Glenn College is the place to launch your career.

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Public Policy and Management

Since its inception, the school has offered a selective, research-oriented doctoral program in public policy and management. The program is tailored to your needs and interests and enrolls 25-30 full-time students. The selectively small size of our program allows it to fully fund 100 percent of the incoming cohort. It also allows you to work closely with faculty advisors in developing programs of study in a wide variety of areas to prepare you for careers in education, research and for senior-level research roles in government, consulting and nonprofit organizations.

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