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

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Public Management, Leadership, and Policy is designed to develop your skills in the areas of management, leadership, and policy-making while providing additional training in data analysis, economics, and public finance. If you want to go into nonprofit management, politics, or government service in a leadership role, the Bachelor of Arts is for you.

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Public Policy Analysis is not a common degree at most colleges; it was created to give students who want to work in policy or data analysis an edge. The curriculum provides extensive training in policy, public finance, budgeting, and economics. If you want to use data to solve problems and help change the world, the Bachelor of Science is for you.


The Master of Public Administration degree provides you with the applied skills you need to succeed in today’s workforce. You will be prepared to lead and grow in your career through a solid grounding in the study of public policy, economics, management, and data analysis. In your second year, you can explore and specialize through elective coursework and a capstone experience.

In-Career MA

If you are already in the workforce looking for a way to move up in your field, then the Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management program is a perfect fit for your needs. The scheduling flexibility allows you to balance work, school, and family life. Whether you are looking to move up or start a new career path, the enhanced analytical and managerial skills you’ll gain will help propel you forward.

Dual/Joint Degrees

With a dual/joint degree, you can more effectively put your passion into action and go farther faster. You can earn two graduate degrees in less time that it would take to pursue them independently while enhancing your interdisciplinary expertise in both fields. There are 10 dual/joint degrees available or explore an individualized dual degree option.

Doctoral Program

Are you considering a career in research or academia? The Glenn College offers a selective, research-oriented doctoral program in public policy and management. This academically rigorous program is preparation for individuals pursuing university careers in teaching and research, and for senior-level research roles in government, consulting, and nonprofit organizations.

Professional Development

Staying ahead in today’s workplace takes continuous learning. The Glenn College's Management Advancement for the Public Service (MAPS) provides training programs to meet the unique needs of public sector and nonprofit professionals at all career levels. Whether you are a top executive looking to explore new ways to ensure your organization’s success or if you are transitioning into a supervisory role, MAPS training seminars help you navigate the challenge.

Certificate Program

If you are a working professional looking to develop and enhance sought-after management and leadership skills the Glenn College’s Certificate in Public & Nonprofit Leadership will provide you the knowledge to excel in your career and set you apart as a professional. The program is cohort-based and is structured to be completed in 14 weeks over 9-12 months. Course sessions are held at Ohio State's main campus two Fridays a month.

For these graduates, it's not just a job

Facts & Stats

Best in Ohio

The Glenn College is ranked best in Ohio and 25th nationally among the 272 Public Affairs graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report. A full 20 spots above the next highest ranked Ohio program. Additionally, the Glenn College is ranked 19th best in the world by ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects for 2017.


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%

Four of the Glenn College’s graduate specialties have been placed among the ranks of the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report.

Events & News

Glenn College Colloquium Series

Lively discussions of current public policy and management issues and topics. LEARN MORE

Women of Power Networking Reception

Women of POWER brings together the next generation of women in elected office with women currently elected in the Ohio Legislature and throughout Ohio. The Women of POWER networking reception benefits the Glenn College nonpartisan leadership programs that educate and empower Ohio women ready to run for political office and be leaders in their communities.

Glenn College/WOSU Dialogue: The New Age of Entrepreneurship

Featuring Sam Sanders, host of NPR's "It's Been a Minute." Join the conversation for a look at local leaders, diversity at the top, making a difference while making a profit, and the risks and rewards of investing in central Ohio.

DC Dialogue: Net Neutrality

Former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler will delve into how he dealt with the complicated issue of net neutrality and the concepts driving today's net neutrality debate.

Brown to Serve as Executive Director of the State of Ohio Leadership Institute

Trevor L. Brown will be the inaugural executive director of the newly created State of Ohio Leadership Institute (SOLI). Brown brings experience as an academic leader, public sector trainer and instructor, and consultant to many public organizations at the federal, state and local levels. He will combine his role as SOLI’s executive director with his position as the dean of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University where SOLI will be housed.

“It’s an honor to help launch the State of Ohio Leadership Institute,” said Brown. “My career has been devoted to preparing the next generation of public servants and leaders.”

SOLI’s mission and purpose are to provide programming and leadership training to Ohio’s state and local elected officials. With funding from the State of Ohio and contributions from the Ohio State University, the John Glenn College of Public Affairs governs SOLI’s operations. SOLI will offer residential leadership programs, in-person and online training workshops and modules, and symposia and conferences to elected officials throughout the State. SOLI will also help get young people involved in public service through internships with the Statehouse and other state and local offices.

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New classes for spring 2018

Martin Luther King Day/Glenn Gives Back Day of Service

More than 50 Glenn College students, staff, faculty, alumni and their families braved the cold and snow to make sandwiches for the St. Lawrence Haven Soup Kitchen. The crowd made 880 sandwiches as part of the college's Martin Luther King Day/Glenn Gives Back Day of Service.

The St. Lawrence Haven Soup Kitchen provides 300 to 500 free lunches daily to the hungry Monday through Friday in downtown Columbus.

Glenn Gives Back Day of Service was sponsored by the Glenn College Alumni Society, Young Alumni Club, Public Affairs Student Association, Public Affairs Multicultural Student Organization, Civic Leadership Council and Civic Leadership Learning Community.

2017 Glenn College Alumni Awards

alumni award winners
Three outstanding alumnae of the Glenn College were honored at the college's Leadership Forum for their public service. Lucy Gettman, a 1981 dual degree graduate in Public Administration and Social Work, was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for Career Achievement. Sarah Nerad, a 2015 MPA graduate, was given the Young Alumni Achievement Award and Kim Ratcliff, a 1995 graduate of the college’s Masters of Public Administration program, received the Outstanding Alumni Service Award.

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Ohio State establishes Drug Enforcement and Policy Center

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law announced that it, in partnership with the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the College of Social Work, will establish the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center (DEPC) with funding provided by a $4.5 million gift from the Charles Koch Foundation.

An interdisciplinary center, DEPC will foster collaboration among Ohio State’s nationally recognized faculty in the areas of criminal law, public affairs, legislative reform, community well-being, economic development and social justice to explore how the “war on drugs” and other drug enforcement policies have affected Americans over the past half-century and possibilities for reform and improvement. It will also serve as an independent and reliable source for researchers, policymakers, the media and others interested in objective information about drug enforcement and reform, including rigorous examination of ongoing efforts by many states to replace blanket marijuana prohibition with various legalization and regulatory systems and rules.

“The Glenn College is excited to support the research and analysis of this new center to address the vexing challenges we face in drugs and law enforcement,” said Trevor Brown, dean of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

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New study to look at "deglobablization" and its effects on the Midwest

What would the ramifications be to Great Lakes region if the United States were to get ensnared in a lengthy trade war? These are questions Glenn College Assistant Professor Jeffrey Bielicki and other Ohio State researchers will address as they examine the possible effects of deglobablization and model the scenarios that might play out in the Midwest. The work is supported by the National Science Foundation, which on Sept. 19 announced a grant for Ohio State that is expected to exceed $2.4 million over the next three years. The money is provided through Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS), a research partnership between NSF and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Click here to learn more.

Glenn College ranked 19th best in the world

Cover of reprt ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects for 2017 was recently released and in the category of public administration programs, the John Glenn College of Public Affairs was ranked as 19th best in the world.

ShanghaiRanking began publishing Academic Ranking of World Universities by academic subjects in 2009. This release contains rankings of universities in 52 subjects across natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences, and social sciences. In total, more than 4,000 universities were ranked.

Ranking indicators include measures of research productivity, research quality, extent of international collaboration and academic recognition. The bibliometric data is from Web of Science and InCites database produced by Clarivate Analytics. Click here to learn more.

Glenn College to provide educational opportunity for elected officials

Elected Officials will soon have the opportunity to better prepare for their jobs with the help of Ohio State University's new State of Ohio Leadership Institute (SOLI). Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger joined other lawmakers and Ohio State University leaders in front of Page Hall to announce the new institute, which will be developed by the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. SOLI will provide leadership training and education for current and future elected officials at state and local levels. Click here to learn more.

No time to wait: building a public service for the 21st century

Cover of reprt Glenn College Professor Jos Raadschelders was part of a five-member panel of National Academy of Public Administration Fellows who conducted a study on how the federal government's civil service staffing challenges can best be addressed. The report, "No Time to Wait: Building a Public Service for the 21st Century" describes the current federal civil service system as "fundamentally broken." The panel recommends the federal government establish a new human capital system that provides agencies with the flexibility to effectively manage their missions. Click here to learn more.

Study to explore Franklin County’s high eviction rate

Columbus Eviction Court The John Glenn College of Public Affairs is teaming up with the city of Columbus and Franklin County to research the reasons behind the county's alarmingly high rate of eviction.
Glenn College graduate students will lead the research and gather research through face-to-face interviews, field observation and data collection. We teach our students that before you run to solutions, you have to understand the problem,” said Dean Trevor Brown. “Why is it that so many individuals and families are being asked to leave their homes and places of shelter?” Click here to learn more.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis receives the 2017 Excellence in Public Service Award

Jim Mattis United States Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis received the John Glenn College of Public Affairs' 2017 Excellence in Public Service Award for his commitment to citizenship and public leadership at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., June 20, 2017. Mattis said he was humbled by the award. “It’s not about me,” he said. “It’s about public service. We’re trying to build a country here, and it’s never done.” Dean Trevor Brown said the Excellence in Public Service Award has gone to many who have decorated resumes with a spirit of service over the years, but in the wake of Sen. John Glenn’s death, he wanted to find someone Glenn respected tremendously. “There’s no question that Secretary Mattis is deserving of this award tonight,” he said. “This is in part the college’s way to fulfill its commitment to the senator — to bind someone he revered in his life to the life of the college.” Mattis said John Glenn was a role model. “I do not have the words to fully express my admiration and respect for Lyn’s father, for Annie’s husband, for a man who did what he did,” he said. “We all need role models in this world. We all need them because they inspire us. They remind us that if we look at someone like this, we can always be better the next day. We all need a code and the role models we choose to remind us of what we can be in this country give us so many beautiful opportunities. Click here to learn more
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