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Higher Earnings and Lower Debt

According to the U.S. Department of Education, Ohio State’s public administration graduates report median earnings above the national average, and debt below the national average.

Median Salary:

  • Ohio State: $55,092
  • National Average: $52,317
  • Ohio Average: $53,345

Median Debt:

  • Ohio State: $20,500
  • National Average: $21,888
  • Ohio Average: $23,116

A foundation that evolves with your career and the changing world.

The needs of our communities and our democracy will always evolve. Our world needs professionals that are prepared to understand and respond to these changing needs while navigating dynamic public and nonprofit organizations.

  • Knowledge: Your understanding of public and nonprofit organizations, and how private organizations interact with the government, will be pivotal for immediate and future career success. In the classroom, you will be challenged to think broadly and deeply about the issues facing today’s community and work together to present solutions.
  • Skills: We’ll provide you with the skills organizations need now and help you apply those skills to make an impact. Additionally, we will develop a foundation on which you can continue to build new skills over time to meet the needs of a changing public landscape.
  • Network: We will connect you to industry experts, faculty, alumni and students – across the state and the country – that have a similar interest in making the world a better place. We’ll show you how to maintain these relationships, so they serve you throughout your career.
  • Experience: We will provide you with opportunities in and outside of the classroom to use your new skills and build an impressive resume.


Our alumni work in state, local and federal government, nonprofit organizations and private companies.