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

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. Learn more.

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

Professor Jill Clark was awarded $498,951 from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA for a three-year project titled “Pathways to Prosperity: Collaborative Local Governing for Rural Wealth Creation.” Clark will be the principal investigator and Glenn College doctoral candidate Aiden Irish, who helped write the grant, is the project manager. Co-principal investigators are Becca Jablonski, Colorado State University, Shoshanah Inwood, Ohio State University, and Julia Freedgood, American Farmland Trust.

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. Learn more

Students awarded scholarships to honor Ohio State sesquicentennial

Congratulations to Glenn College students Jayda Rogers, Michael Kohler, Shaun Khurana and Aditi Thapar on being selected as The Ohio State University Sesquicentennial Scholars. Ohio State awarded 150 $2,500 sesquicentennial scholarships to students across the university for the 2019- 2020 academic year as one part of the university’s sesquicentennial celebration. Learn more



Welcome Home Reunion Reception

All alumni and past/current faculty, instructors and staff are invited to a special reception at Page Hall. Please join us for an evening to renew friendships, rekindle memories and celebrate a collective passion for public service. This event will include remarks from former and current directors and faculty, and student-led building tours of Page Hall, which is home to many of Sen. Glenn’s artifacts and historical documents. Learn More.



Glenn College Leadership Forum

Registration is now open for the 2019 Glenn College Leadership Forum. Designed specifically for alumni and individuals working in the public management field, this one-day conference will provide meaningful coverage of current or emerging trends in public policy, administration and leadership. With a blend of faculty and practitioner-led sessions, this year’s event will offer seven unique concurrent sessions as well as featured keynote talks by Thomas Ross, president of the Volcker Alliance and Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health. Learn More.



OSU vs. Wisconsin Football Game

Close out the Glenn College’s Reunion Weekend by attending the OSU Advocates Fall Forum, Pregame Huddle tailgate and Ohio State football game against Wisconsin. Glenn College alumni are invited to gather with fellow Buckeye Advocates for a tailgate inspired event before the Ohio State vs. Wisconsin football game. The event includes appearances by Ohio State personalities and game-day activities. Learn More.



9th Annual Ohio Food Policy Summit

The Food Summit focuses on food and farm policies developing at local, state, and national levels: including challenges faced by farmers, issues of social equity and food system financing. During the keynote, the Ohio Department of Agriculture will discuss policy initiatives around children, food, agriculture, and health in the state of Ohio. Learn More.
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