Deadline for Applications

**Priority deadline for Autumn 2017
(for funding consideration for all programs):
December 1st, 2016 (domestic)
November 1st, 2016 (international)

Final Deadline for Autumn 2017:
Ph.D. – March 15th, 2017
MPA – May 1st, 2017
In-Career MA – June 15th, 2017

Applying by the priority deadline will ensure your application is considered for both University and College funding awards. However, students applying after the priority deadline may still be considered for College funding opportunities. Click HERE for details about funding.

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 decisions are made separately from admissions decisions. All funding awards will be made between the months of January and early April.

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

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

Submit an online application to Ohio State’s Graduate School at 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 who have been admitted and enrolled in a graduate program at Ohio State at any previous time should not submit the online application. Contact Student Services,, 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 or through 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 on the application. You must submit proof in order to qualify for an application fee waiver. Qualifying criteria can be found at Please note that your application cannot be submitted until your fee waiver request is approved or your application fee is paid. You will be notified if your fee waiver request is not approved, at which time you should return to the 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. (Some examples might include 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 their prior coursework and experience prepares them to pursue a Ph.D. in public affairs. In addition to indicating academic and career goals, doctoral applicants should describe their research interests and how those research interests fit with the interests of 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 reference 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 Letters of recommendation will not be accepted if sent directly to the Glenn College.

Submit transcripts from every university/college you have attended. Transcripts are required even if classes are transferred to another institution. Transcripts are not required for coursework completed at Ohio State.

Please upload a transcript with your online application as an attachment. Submit copies (front and back) of official transcripts from ALL institutions attended where college credit was earned – even if you attended while in high school or completed during 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 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 PhD, MPA, or dual degree programs. The In-Career MA program only requires the GRE if the student has below a 3.0 in prior education (this is only the case for the MA application).

GMAT and LSAT scores may be 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

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 admission process, visit 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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