Deadline for Applications

Final Deadlines for Autumn 2020:

  • PhD – March 15th, 2020**
  • MPA – May 1st, 2020**
  • MPAL – May 15th, 2020
  • Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration – May 15th, 2020
  • Certificate in Public Management – May 15th, 2020
  • In-Career MA – June 15th, 2020

**Priority deadline for Autumn 2020
(for funding consideration for PhD and MPA programs):
December 1st, 2019 (domestic)
November 1st, 2019 (international)

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 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 Management (In-Career) = PUBADM-MA
Master of Public Administration and Leadership (Online) = PUBADM-MPL
PhD in Public Policy and Management = PUBADM-PH
Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration = CJADM-CR
Certificate in Public Management = PUBMGT-CR

Applicants previously enrolled in other graduate programs at The Ohio State University do not need to submit an online application. Contact Student Services or, 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

Please note that you cannot 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.

MPAL applicants: Graduates of The Ohio State University applying to an online degree program are eligible for an application fee waiver. More information available HERE.

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
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. There is no length requirement for the personal statement.

MPAL and MA applicants: please expand on any managerial, leadership, and/or analytical responsibilities that may not be clear from your resume.

*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
In addition to indicating academic and career goals, doctoral applicants are required to describe their research interests and how these research interest fit with the interest 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 Letters of recommendation sent directly to the Glenn College will not be accepted.

Letters of Recommendation for MPAL Applicants (3 letters total)
If possible (optional, not required), please include a letter from your current employer indicating their willingness for you to work on projects that could also meet the employer’s needs. For those who cannot take advantage of the opportunity to use projects from work, course instructors will provide applied problems.

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 PhD or MPA programs. Applications to the In-Career MA and MPAL programs only require GRE scores if the applicant’s GPA for their last degree earned is <3.0.

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

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 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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