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.

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.
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.

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.
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

Unlocking housing wealth for older Americans

Housing wealth is a largely untapped resource that can help older adults supplement their incomes and buffer financial shocks in retirement. The federally insured reverse mortgage offers adults age 62 and older access to home equity with no required monthly payment. In a new white paper Professor Stephanie Moulton and her colleague Donald Haurin, Economics, Ohio State, propose two new product options to better align the federally insured reverse mortgage to the consumer segments it is uniquely qualified to serve.

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Water may be scarce for new power plants in Asia

Professor Jeffrey Bielicki is a co-author of a study that found that climate change and over-tapped waterways could leave developing parts of Asia without enough water to cool existing and planned power plants that burn coal for energy. The paper, "Vulnerability of existing and planned coal-fired power plants in Developing Asia to changes in climate and water resources," was published in the journal Energy and Environment Science.

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How can rural communities use collaborative governance methods to advance wealth creation?

Professor Jill Clark was awarded $498,951 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture for a three-year project titled “Pathways to Prosperity: Collaborative Local Governing for Rural Wealth Creation.” The project is an applied research and extension project that works to understand and support the development of community-driven approaches to developing healthy and sustainable rural economies. Clark will be the principal investigator and Glenn College doctoral candidate Aiden Irish, who helped author the grant, is the project manager.

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Carrie Mayer named 2019 Tillman Scholar

Glenn College dual degree student and U.S. Army veteran Carrie Mayer has been named a 2019 Tillman Scholar. Mayer plans to pursue a law degree in the Moritz College of Law as well as a master of public administration degree in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. She is one of just 60 scholars selected (only 2.5 percent of applicants were chosen) by the Pat Tillman Foundation (PTF) for the prestigious award.

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Ready to Run, Campaign Training for Women

This one-day conference provides training on building, financing, messaging and launching your campaign for elected office. If you are not ready to run but want to be a leader in your community advocating for issues and candidates important to you, we invite you to join us for the Ready to Advocate conference track with sessions on establishing your political identity, self-care in high-stress situations and turning your passion into policy. Learn More.
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