A flexible master’s option for individuals with work experience

If you are already 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. The scheduling flexibility allows you to balance work, school, and family life. You can take classes during evening hours; or you can take a year off work to complete the program full-time 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.

To learn more about the Glenn College’s MPA program, please fill out our inquiry card and we will send you additional information immediately. Attend an upcoming webinar.

Are you eligible?

Eligible individuals must have at least three years of significant post-baccalaureate experience. While the Admissions Committee assesses each prospective In-Career MA student’s experiences on an individual basis, the following indicators are useful in understanding how the Glenn College defines significant administrative and analytical experience.

Administrative Experience:

  • Responsibility for personnel decisions (hiring/supervising/evaluating) in an organization
  • Responsibility for formulating budget decision in an organization
  • Increasing responsibility over time
Analytical Experience:
  • Responsibility for researching and writing reports that inform decision making in an organization
  • Increasing responsibility over time

Before submitting a full application, we encourage you to email your resume for a complimentary resume review to check for eligibility. Include a short statement explaining how your resume shows Administrative or Analytical experience. Please email these attachments to Student Services at GlennApply@osu.edu.


The core curriculum consists of classes in four streams – public policy, public management, public sector economics, and data analysis. Click here to view how students typically complete these requirements.

In addition to the core courses, MA students are required to complete at least one elective. See our Elective Offerings page for a comprehensive list of electives offered through the Glenn College.

The final requirement of the MA degree is the Capstone course. This course is meant to synthesize, integrate, and apply the knowledge, skills, and perspectives acquired in the core curriculum. Click here to learn about the requirements and expectations of the Capstone course, which is to be taken during the final semester before graduation.

For more detailed information on the curriculum, check out our Program Plans and Advising Sheets.

Download the Masters Students' Handbook

Program Preparation

While there are no formal prerequisite requirements for the MA, all of the programs at the Glenn College have 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. Undergraduate courses in microeconomics, statistics, and American Government are strongly recommended.

The minimum undergraduate GPA for all programs at Ohio State is a 3.0, and students are also required to have completed a 4-year completed undergraduate degree from an accredited institution to enroll. If you do not meet the minimum requirements set by the University, but would still like to apply, please contact the Glenn College for additional steps. 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.

Next Steps…?

For step by step instructions on how to apply to our In-Career Master of Arts degree, deadlines, and other required materials, please check out our Graduate Admissions page.

Don’t forget to complete the inquiry card before submitting any materials. This will make sure you get more information about the Glenn College and the programs we offer.

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