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Pursue your passion and prepare to lead in the public and nonprofit sectors.

Earn a graduate degree and learn from faculty with practical experience solving real-world problems with public and nonprofit organizations. Jump-start your career or advance your knowledge to become a better leader. 

Meet with a graduate advisor

Our team is ready to help you decide if the Glenn College graduate programs are compatible with your goals and passions.

Fall Event Schedule

We are traveling to academic events this fall and look forward to seeing you in person. Visit our "Connect with us" page linked below to see our fall travel itinerary and information session schedule.

Attend an Information Session

If you're considering a master's degree at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, we encourage you to attend one of our upcoming graduate information sessions. Our team will discuss our degree programs, student benefits and the application process. To register, select the date below and you will be sent details about the location. All times listed are in the eastern United States time zone (Ohio).

Virtual Information Sessions (2024-2025):

In person Information Sessions (2024-2025):

Can't make it? Visit the Connect with Us page to learn more about how to get in contact to learn more about our graduate programs. 


Ready to Apply?

Our degrees will prepare you to lead your team and community to a better tomorrow.


Merit-based funding opportunities are available for incoming MPA and PhD students. Apply by the priority deadline and begin your program in the autumn semester to ensure eligibility.

The Ohio State University awards University Fellowships annually on a competitive basis. Fellowships provide a tuition waiver for the first year of graduate study as well as a monthly stipend. University Fellowship recipients typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3.6 or higher.

In addition to University Fellowships, Ohio State also offers Graduate Enrichment Fellowships to students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. Enrichment Fellowship recipients typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher.

For more information about fellowships and the selection process, visit the Graduate School Fellowship page.

Application must be completed by Dec. 1 (Nov. 1 international).

These positions provide a tuition waiver and monthly stipend, while requiring a work commitment of 20 hours per week. In addition to research and administrative positions within the Glenn College, many of our GA students have the opportunity to gain practical policy experience by working 20 hours per week at organizations such as the Columbus City Council and Franklin County Board of Commissioners. Typically, GA recipients have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Application must be completed by Dec. 1.

The Glenn College is also pleased to offer a number of meritbased scholarships. These awards are fixed amounts that are paid out over one or more years of graduate study. All MPA applicants who meet the Dec. 1 deadline will be considered.

In addition to merit-based financial assistance through the Glenn College, students may also be eligible for loans, universitywide scholarships and other forms of financial aid. For more information, please contact the Ohio State Financial Aid Office or call them at 614-2920300 regarding these matters.

Financial aid and funding information provided by the Graduate School at Ohio State.

International Students

  1. Contact the U.S. Education Advising Office in your country.
  2. Visit the following websites: and
  3. Contact Ohio State’s Office of International Affairs.

Success at Ohio State depends upon the student’s ability to converse in, write and understand English. To assure such competence, the university requires any applicant whose native language is not English, and who has been educated primarily outside of the U.S., to submit official TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS scores.

  • Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to Ohio State. 
  • The test must have been taken within the last two years.
  • Applicants who are citizens of, or who have received a four-year bachelor’s degree or higher in, one of the following countries are exempt from the IELTS, TOEFL or MELAB requirement: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States and Wales.



The Glenn College’s recommended minimum TOEFL score requirement is 100 on the IBT TOEFL, or similar minimum score on other English proficiency exams. This is higher than the general requirement for other Ohio State graduate programs, but is required to study at the Glenn College.

For information about TOEFL, contact:
Phone: 609-771-7100

The institution code for Ohio State is #1592.

International students will be reviewed for sufficient financial resources.

Those who are fully funded by the university will not be required to submit any financial documents, but must submit a copy of their passport for themselves and any dependents they intend to bring.

Those who are not fully funded by the university: 

  • You are required to provide the Affidavit of Support and confidential bank statement. This form will be sent to you during the application process.
  • If you are bringing dependents, you need to inform us as soon as possible and send proof of support for them as well.

Financial documents are not required until admission has been awarded. After admission, as a non-immigrant student you will need a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 for the F-1 visa or DS-2019 for the J-1 visa) issued by Ohio State based upon documented evidence. Please keep copies of all financial documents to present to the U.S. Consulate when applying for your visa.

Tuition, fees, insurance and all other expenses are in effect beginning autumn through summer, but are subject to change. For estimated graduate student costs, please visit

It is recommended that all students have $3,000 in contingency funds available to cover any unexpected increases in expenses.