Are you ready to be a public sector or nonprofit leader?

The Glenn College’s Master of Public Administration degree provides you with the applied skills you need to succeed in today’s workforce. You will be prepared to lead and grow in your career through a solid grounding in the study of public policy, economics, management, and data analysis. In your second year, you can explore and specialize through elective coursework and a capstone experience. Don’t wait to make a difference. Apply now.

Most of our full-time MPA students will work 20-hour weeks alongside the full-time curriculum. So if you’re looking to get work experience while obtaining a master’s, our Career Services Office can assist you with that.

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


The core curriculum is designed to provide a solid grounding in the study of public policy, economics, management, and data analysis. Students often complete most of their core coursework during the first year of study. During year two, students are able to specialize in their coursework through skills courses, electives, and a Capstone.

Our skills courses are practical, skill-based courses that teach students a variety of tools needed in the workforce. All students are required to take a written and oral communication skills course, but they are able to choose from a host of other courses, such as survey design, contract management, and negotiation. These courses are typically taught in a 7-week (half semester) format.

The Glenn College electives allow students to focus on a particular policy area of interest, or further develop a chosen skill set. The Glenn College offers multiple electives each year in various policy and skill areas. See our Elective Offerings for a comprehensive list of electives offered through the Glenn College. Students may also petition to take classes from other graduate programs at Ohio State. Our student services staff are here to help students individualize their programs of study and find the path that is right for them.

If you’re looking to further enhance your time spent at Ohio State, consider one of our Dual Degrees or picking up a Graduate School Minor or Specialization. Ohio State's graduate minors and interdisciplinary specializations are open to any graduate student interested in developing a secondary expertise for as few as 10 hours of graduate-level course work. Completion of a graduate minor or interdisciplinary specialization is noted on the student's official Ohio State transcript. As a Glenn College student, you are eligible to use up to three hours of the minor/specialization towards your elective coursework. See your advisor for questions.

The final requirement of the MPA degree is a Capstone course. This course is meant to synthesize, integrate, and apply the knowledge, skills, and perspectives acquired in the core curriculum. Check out our Capstone Resource page to learn all of the requirements and expectations of the Capstone course.

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 MPA, 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 and are a factor in the admissions decision.

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 Master of Public Administration degree, deadlines, and other required materials, please check out our MPA Application 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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