Launching Autumn 2019
The John Glenn College of Public Affairs’ mission is to prepare tomorrow’s public and nonprofit leaders through education, training and professional development in order to solve public problems and build knowledge in the field of public affairs.

The online Master of Public Administration and Leadership (MPAL) provides students the opportunity to join our mission in solving public problems and preparing tomorrow’s leaders. Our MPAL offers a curriculum that:
  • Equips students with the tools to effectively address management challenges in the workplace;
  • Prepares students for leadership roles at local, state, and national levels;
  • Meets the flexibility needs of mid-career professionals; and
  • Can be completed in two years while continuing to work full-time.

Accepting applications starting in March 2019

Please continue to check back for additional details as this page will be updated on an ongoing basis.  Reach out to for more information.

Are you eligible?

Eligible candidates for the MPAL program will likely have:
  • At least three years of significant managerial, budgeting, or decision-making experience in a professional setting.
  • Experience working in the public and/or nonprofit sectors.

If you do not have the above experience, consider our Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. The MPA equips young professionals and recent graduates with the applied skills valued by employers in the public and nonprofit sectors.

Is the MPAL a good fit for me?

Students who will benefit from the MPAL program will likely have the following attributes:

  • A desire to solve management challenges in the workplace.  
  • The ability to excel in an online learning environment.

Want to find out if you are ready for online learning? Take Ohio State’s online readiness survey.

If online learning is not a good fit for your needs, consider our In-Career MA in Public Policy and Management program. The In-Career MA offers in-person, hybrid, and online class options to fit the needs of working professionals while equipping students with management and problem solving skills.

Additional opportunities for graduate professional development

If you have an interest in enhancing your management and leadership skills but are not ready to fully commit to a degree program, consider our Certificate in Public & Nonprofit Leadership (LCERT) or attending a one-day management training session.
This chart is a sample program plan for students who begin autumn semester and finish within 5 semesters. Each semester, students will typically enroll in one or two core courses and a specialization or elective course. Core courses are hyperlinked with a short description of the course. To view specialization options, see the chart, “MPAL Specializations and Electives.”

MPAL Specialization and Elective Tracks

Public Management Public Policy Criminal Justice Administration & Policy Nonprofit Management (^)
*7557: Strategic Management *6000: Policy Formulation and Implementation *5506: Administration of Criminal Justice Policy *7553: Nonprofit Management and Governance
7550: Contract Management 6030: Public Sector Economics Sociology 5950: Evidence Based Practice in Criminal Justice 7533: Nonprofit Financial Management
7554: Performance Management 5750: Business Government Relations Sociology 5925: Offender Decision Making and Prisoner Reentry 5590: Fundraising & Philanthropy for Nonprofit Organizations
7555: Project Management 5770: Risk & Decision Analysis in Public Affairs 7507: Criminal Justice Policy 5592: Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations
7508: Juvenile Justice System Policy
(^) Currently only available in-person.

* Each specialization requires this first course. Students can choose from the remaining courses, or other electives with approval, to complete the specialization.

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