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

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 46 spots above the next highest ranked Ohio program — and 14th 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.

News & Events

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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New Year, New Minor

The Glenn College's new Civic Engagement minor provides insight into one of the most important roles of society: civic participation. Students are introduced to the theories of democratic participation, social equity, and collaborative governance in institutions. The minor allows students to explore various methods of political and community engagement while utilizing participation techniques to solve public policy problems in an experiential setting. This Civic Engagement minor lets undergraduate students from across the university to broaden their knowledge about public participation in the United States.

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Trevor Brown to serve as executive dean of the professional colleges

Trevor Brown, dean of John Glenn College of Public Affairs, will serve in the additional role of executive dean of the professional colleges. This two-year position is selected from among the deans of the professional colleges cluster, which includes the colleges of Education and Human Ecology, Engineering, Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Fisher College, Glenn College, Moritz College, and Social Work.

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Democracy Camp kicks off June 2020

The Glenn College is excited to announce the inaugural session of Democracy Camp in June 2020. A week-long residential program for Central Ohio high school students that is designed to encourage young people to become engaged in their communities and inspire life-long dedication to the democratic process.

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A Call to Action: 21st Century Leadership and Public Service

This year, the John Glenn College of Public Affairs is proud to be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its nationally-ranked public administration program. The Glenn College will commemorate this milestone with a community conversation featuring former NASA administrator Charles Bolden Jr, former United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of General Dynamics Phebe Novakovic. Learn More.
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