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What's Your Passion?

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs is the place to launch a lifetime of making positive change in the world. Whether you see yourself tackling homelessness in your community, taming the growing national debt, or creating educational opportunities for impoverished women around the globe, the Glenn College’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs will prepare you with the skills, knowledge and experiences to get things done.

What separates students at the Glenn College from everyone else? Our graduates have the tools to make their passion their life’s work. We’ll teach you how to turn your passion into policy. The Glenn College experience helps you make a change in the issues that matter to you.

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Degrees that make a difference

The Glenn College is committed to inspiring and developing leaders of a new generation of public and nonprofit professionals who can take on complex issues and improve civic life. To achieve this, the Glenn College offers two undergraduate degrees, the Bachelor of Arts in Public Management, Leadership, and Policy and the Bachelor of Science in Public Policy Analysis.

The Glenn College also offers a combined degree program 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.
Pursue your advanced degree with one of these Glenn College graduate programs:
The Glenn College graduate certificate programs develop and highlight your skills in a specific area of expertise. We offer two certificates that can stand alone or be added on to a graduate degree program.
If you are a working professional looking to develop and enhance management and leadership skills the Glenn College’s Certificate in Public & Nonprofit Leadership will provide you the knowledge to excel in your career.

The Certificate in Public & Nonprofit Leadership – Veterans program was developed in collaboration with the National Veterans Memorial and Museum and focuses on providing leadership education to those who have recently left the military, those about to leave the military or individuals who work with veterans.
Staying ahead in today’s workplace takes continuous learning. The John Glenn College of Public Affairs provides Management Advancement for the Public Service (MAPS) training programs to meet the unique needs of public sector and nonprofit professionals at all career levels.

Seminars include a wide array of practical topics, interactive learning and dynamic, nationally recognized instructors committed to enhancing the quality of public service.

The Public Safety Leadership Academy is offered by the John Glenn College of Public Affairs in partnership with the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Students are law enforcement leaders from across the state.

The Ohio Association of Election Officials partnering with the Glenn College offers registered election officials certification programs.
For these graduates, it's not just a job

Facts & Stats


The Glenn College is ranked best in Ohio — a full 45 spots above the next highest ranked Ohio program — and 13th nationally among the 290 public affairs schools in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate School Rankings. No other public affairs program in Ohio is ranked in the top 50 schools.


of our undergraduates are employed or are in graduate/professional school within six months of graduation.


of Glenn College MPA, In-Career MA and Dual degree graduates are employed or are in graduate school within six months of graduation.

Top 10%

Three of the Glenn College’s graduate specialties have been placed among the ranks of the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report. Public Management and Leadership is ranked 10th best, Nonprofit Management is ranked at No. 12 and Public Policy Analysis is No. 25.

Fifty years ago, The Ohio State University launched Ohio’s first advanced public administration degree for aspiring public service professionals.

News & Events

The Glenn College's graduate programs earn high marks in U.S. News rankings

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs has maintained its reputation of offering one of the best public affairs graduate professional degree programs in the country, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. Ranked at number 13, the Glenn College is among the top 5 percent of public affairs graduate school programs in the U.S. News & World Report 2020 Best Graduate School rankings. In 2019 it was ranked at 14.

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Megan LePere-Schloop receives award for distinguished teaching

Assistant Professor Megan LePere-Schloop has received The Ohio State University's most prestigious award for teaching, the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. She is one of only ten recipients this year among over 3,000 eligible faculty and only the third assistant professor at Ohio State to win this award in the last five years. The award has been given out since 1960 to honor Ohio State faculty members who demonstrate excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.

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New leadership training certificate to assist military veterans

Veterans seeking leadership training after military service have a new resource to support their civilian career advancement. The John Glenn College of Public Affairs in collaboration with the National Veterans Memorial and Museum have developed the Certificate in Public & Nonprofit Leadership - Veterans. The curriculum is designed to help veterans transition from the clear organizational structure and culture of military life to the more ambiguous organizational structure and culture of civilian organizations.

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