Deadline for Applications


**Priority deadline for Autumn 2018
(for funding consideration for all programs):
December 1st, 2017 (domestic)
November 1st, 2017 (international)

Final Deadline for Autumn 2018:
Ph.D. – March 15th, 2018
MPA – May 1st, 2018
In-Career MA – June 15th, 2018

Applying by the priority deadline ensures that your application will be considered for university and individual college funding awards. However, individual college funding awards may still be available for students applying after the priority deadline. Click here for details about funding awards.

Review of all completed applications begins on December 1st. Applications received after this time, will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please expect an admissions decision 4-6 weeks after completing an application past the December 1st deadline. Funding award decisions are made separately from admissions decisions. All funding award decisions begin in January and continue throughout early April.

Autumn is highly recommended as a starting term for all programs.

Applications received after the deadline are accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Submit an online application to Ohio State’s Graduate School Programs at gradapply.osu.edu. The online application will require a non-refundable application fee* of $60 for domestic applicants. You may pay the application fee using a credit or debit card (Visa, Master Card or Discover).


Please make sure to select the correct program on the application:


Masters of Public Administration = PUBADM-MPA
Master of Arts in Public Policy and Mgmt (In-Career) = PUBADM-MA
PhD in Public Policy and Mgmt = PUBADM-PH


Applicants previously enrolled in other graduate programs at The Ohio State University do not need to submit an online application. Contact Student Services or GlennApply@osu.edu, for more information.


Click here to apply online


*Application Fee Waivers (U.S. applicants only)

If you feel you qualify for an application fee waiver based on your participation in any of the diversity initiatives through the Graduate School Program or Ohio State’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, or if you feel you qualify because of economic hardship, please select the appropriate box (es) under the application fee waiver section of the online application. You must submit proof in order to qualify for an application fee waiver. Qualifying criteria are listed at admissions.osu.edu/apps/pdfs/pfwf.pdf.

Please note that you cannot be submit your online application until your application fee waiver request is approved or your application fee is paid. You will be notified if your application fee waiver request is not approved, at which time you should return to the online application and submit the application fee.


Materials to attach to your online application

Resume or CV

Be sure to include work experience, volunteer activities, academic and professional honors, honorary societies, extracurricular activities, offices held, any publications and other significant activities.


Personal Statement

In your statement, please address both prompts outlined below and include your full name on the document. There is no length requirement for the personal statement.


  1. LIST any coursework you have completed that is relevant to a degree in Public Affairs (e.g., statistics, economics and American government).
  2. Indicate your academic and career goals, your interest in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, and how your education and work experience qualify you for admission.

*If you are an internal transfer student who started an OSU degree that you do not plan to complete before entering the Glenn College, please describe why you do not plan to complete your current degree (e.g., unable to pass qualifying exams, change in research interests), and why you think that the Glenn College is a better fit.


Personal Statement for Doctoral Applicants

Doctoral applicants do not need to list coursework. Instead, doctoral applicants should indicate how prior coursework and experience prepared them to pursue a Ph.D. in Public Affairs. In addition to indicating academic and career goals, doctoral applicants are required to describe their research interests and how these research interests fit with the interests of the Glenn College faculty.


Three letters of recommendation are required and should reflect the academic and, if relevant, job capability and experiences of the applicant. The letters should speak to the applicant’s ability to excel in an academic professional program. Applicants are required to submit their letters of recommendation electronically using the online application (follow the link and scroll to “Public Policy and Management”).

As you complete your online application, please provide your recommenders’ name and email address. The Graduate Admissions Office will send an email to the recommenders instructing them to complete a short assessment and upload a PDF recommendation letter. Please make sure to inform your letter writers that they will receive an email from Ohio State once you submit the online application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure letters of recommendation are completed by posted deadlines.

If recommenders experience difficulties accessing the link or using the online system, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office directly at gpadmissions@osu.edu. Letters of recommendation sent directly to the Glenn College will not be accepted.

Submit transcripts from ALL of the university/colleges you attended. Transcripts are required even if classes transferred to another institution. Transcripts are not required for coursework completed at Ohio State.


Please upload transcripts with your online application as an attachment. Submit copies (front and back) of official transcripts from ALL of the institutions you attended and earned college credits – even if you attended during high school or completed through a study abroad program. Please submit only scanned images of paper official transcripts issued by your institution’s Registrar. Ohio State will not accept web reports, advising reports, self-reported scores, or transfer credit on another school’s transcript.


Transcripts submitted with the online application are considered unofficial and, if admitted, you will be required to submit an official set of transcripts with statement of degree (if appropriate) prior to enrolling at Ohio State.

Submit official GRE scores if applying for the Ph.D, MPA, or Dual Degree Program. The In-Career MA Program only requires submitting GREscores if the student has an overall GPA (this is only applies to the MA application).


GMAT and LSAT scores are accepted on a case-by-case basis.


Official GRE and GMAT Codes

GRE Institution Code: 1592; Department Code: 2204

GMAT Program Code: ZLJ-GT-29 Masters in Public Policy

Additional Resources

Ohio State Graduate Admissions Office

The Graduate Admissions Office is the centralized office at Ohio State that handles all of the incoming graduate and professional application materials for all programs. If you have questions about official documentation (transcripts and test scores), they are your best contact. Their website also has additional checklists and useful links to assist in your application to the Glenn College.


Mailing Address
The Ohio State University

Graduate/Professional Admissions

P.O. Box 182004
Columbus, OH 43218-2646 USA

Contact Information
Phone: 614-292-9444
Fax: 614-292-3895
E-mail: gradadmissions@osu.edu
Website: gradadmissions.osu.edu

Special Note

Application materials may be submitted in any order to the Graduate Admissions Office. Only complete applications are sent to our faculty for review.


To check on the status of your application during the admissions process, visit appstatus.osu.edu. Your initial status will first become available 2–3 days after we receive your application.


Other Useful Graduate Admissions Links

Step by Step Guides to Admissions
Graduate School Application Instructions
Quick Guide, Applicant Checklist
Frequently Asked Questions



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