The John Glenn College of Public Affairs offers combined programs that allows students to complete a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, and also earn a Master of Public Administration degree within five years. Students may apply during their third year of study. Combined program students earn an undergraduate degree upon completion of undergraduate of requirements in year four, and are awarded an MPA upon completion of graduation requirements in year five.

Q: What is the Glenn College’s combined program?
A: The combined program allows a student to complete a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, and earn a Master of Public Administration from the Glenn College within five years.

Q: When can I apply for the combined program?
A: Students can apply during their third year. Applications must be submitted by December 1 to be eligible for financial assistance. All other applications are due May 1.

Q: What are the admission requirements?
A: Students must have a 3.5 GPA and completed Public Affairs 2110, 2120, 3000, and 3500 to be considered for admission into the combined program. Applicants will be evaluated on a holistic scale, which includes academic performance, relevant internship/work experience, depth of commitment to public service and quality of recommendation letters.

Q: What application materials are required?
A: Students must submit a completed application, resume, two-page personal statement, and three recommendation letters.

Q: Can I complete the program in less than five years?
A: These requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please consult your advisor for more information.

Q: Will I receive both degrees at the same time?
A: Combined program students will receive their undergraduate degree upon the completion of their undergraduate requirements in year four, and earn their MPA degree upon the completion of their graduation requirements in year five. Students may walk at one or both commencement ceremonies.

Q: When do I “become a graduate student” and how does this impact scholarships?
A: Students will be switched over to graduate student status upon the conclusion of their fourth year. Once students enter the graduate program, they are no longer eligible to receive undergraduate scholarships.



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