Application/Admissions – BEFORE you apply

A bachelor’s degree is required to apply to any of our graduate program. Otherwise, there are no formal course prerequisites for our graduate programs. While there are no formal requirements, the master’s program at the Glenn School has a strong analytical component and it is expected that students will have familiarity with basic concepts from statistics and economics, as well as knowledge of American Government.
The John Glenn College of Public Affairs suggests that students apply for Autumn semester to start in August (deadlines available on our admissions checklist page). However, the Glenn College does accept applications “off-term” for either Spring (January start) or Summer (May start) semesters.
No, you can submit your application materials to the Glenn College in any order. You do not need to send everything in at the same time. However, please note that we will not begin the faculty review process until ALL of your materials have been received..
Yes, the TOEFL is required for international applicants whose primary language is not English. TOEFL scores are NOT required if you have completed or will complete a Bachelors or Graduate level degree at an accredited U.S. college or university or an English-speaking college or university by the time that you are seeking enrollment at Ohio State. For details, please see the Graduate Admissions page. The recommended minimum for all Glenn College programs is a 100 Total TOEFL (IBT) Score.
The GRE is required for ALL PhD and MPA applicants, regardless of GPA. GMAT and LSAT scores may be considered on a case-by-case basis. GRE is only required for MA In-Career students who have a below 3.0 GPA from a previous degree.
We do not have any “minimums” for our graduate programs. If you’re interested to see how you might compare to your peers, please check out our By the Numbers page. Here you can find a demographic breakdown of our various degree populations, and also the admissions statistics for the latest incoming class. This should give you a good idea of the scores our students are averaging.
The personal statement is typically approximately two pages in length. There are no set requirements in terms of double spacing or single spacing your statement.
The personal statement is your opportunity to present yourself to the Glenn College since interviews are not conducted. The prompt can be found on our admissions checklist page, but applicants may include any information they feel is relevant to the faculty understanding their story and should be sure to indicate academic and career goals, interest in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, and a discussion of how your education and work experience qualify you for admission.

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