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MPP and MPA Programs

Ohio State University, John Glenn School of Public Affairs 

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Program Summary


University: Ohio State University

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Degree: Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management (In-Career MA)

Marketing Approach:


The John Glenn School of Public Affairs was founded on the principle that an informed and involved citizenry is essential for democracy to thrive. The Glenn School’s programs equip students with the skills to become tomorrow’s citizen-leaders or public service professionals. The skills taught at the Glenn School give students the knowledge for civic engagement and the ability to make a lasting change in their communities and the nation.

“Inspire citizenship and develop leadership” is the mission of the Glenn School. The school prepares professionals for public service, challenges our students and the general public to be involved in the civic life of their communities. In addition, the Glenn School provides applied research that directly benefits the citizens of Ohio and the nation.

From its home at Page Hall, the Glenn School is ideally situated to provide research, training and technical assistance to state, public and nonprofit organizations. The faculty and students have access to the vast resources of the Ohio State University as well as the policy makers in Ohio’s capital city.

In Career MPA

The In-Career Master of Arts (MA) program offers a flexible master’s option for individuals with at least three years of significant post-baccalaureate administrative or analytical work experience. The scheduling flexibility allows you to balance work, school, and family life. You can maintain your full-time job, taking classes during evening hours; or you can take a year off work to complete the program full-time in one year.

Degrees Awarded per year: Not listed   

Academic Unit within University: John Glenn School of Public Affairs

Related Academic Units and Degrees: Unlisted

Posted Tuition: Ohio Resident: $12,784; Non-resident : $30,448 for 2015-16 (at, accessed 29 August 2015).

Concentration/Curriculum Overview:


The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program consists of a two-year full-time course of study that prepares students for leadership and analytical positions in the public and nonprofit sectors. The core curriculum is designed to provide a solid grounding in the study of public policy, economics, management and leadership, and data analysis.

During your first year, our Student Services office will work with you to obtain an internship where you can put your acquired skills and knowledge to use. The second year of the program allows you to focus on a particular policy issue area of interest or further develop a specific skill set. Our staff will work with you to devise an individualized curriculum based on your academic interests and career goals.

In-Career MA

The In-Career MA offers a condensed version of the MPA with similar course requirements that can be completed while working full time.

Degree Requirements


MPA: Students are required to take 8 core courses (32 credits), 4 skills courses (5 credits), a capstone course (3 credits) and 4 elective courses (12 credits) for a total of 52 credits.

In-Career MPA: Students are required to take 8 core courses (32 credits), a capstone course (3 credits), and 1 elective course (3 credits) for a total of 38 credits.

Duration: 2 years

Academic Prerequisites: Students are required to submit transcripts and a GRE score. No minimum thresholds are listed. Students applying to the In-Career MA should have a GRE no lower than 3.0.

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses required for Completion: MPA: 17.3 (52 credit hours), In-Career MPA: 12.7

Note 1: A one-semester-equivalent course for purposes of the Atlas comparisons is a 3 credit hour course. Many of the required courses in the Ohio MPA are 4 credit hour courses. These are indicated in the Course Map below as 4R/3.

Number of Required Courses: MPA: 14.5, In-Career MA: 11.7

Note 2: This number includes the "required elective" courses (see PEACO Algorithm).

Number of Elective Courses Typically Taken:  MPA: 2.8, In-Career MA: 1

Note 3: This number is smaller than the "4 elective courses" because it is assumed that some students will select one of the "required electives"  (see PEACO Algorithm).

Number of Electives Offered Within Program: 25.5 one-semester course equivalents

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: No

Internship Required: MPA: Encouraged but not an academic requirement (see

International Study Required: No

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: Yes

Student-run Journal: No

Applied Projects: No

Pro Bono Consulting: No

Courses Offered: The full list of 2013-2014 courses is found at: In the CourseMap below, required courses are indicated by (R). Courses profiled in the Atlas as "Compass Courses" are marked with an asterisk (*). For these courses, the links in the CourseMap point to the profiles on the Atlas. For the remaining courses, the links point to the descriptions on the Glenn School course listing site.

Course Material Online: Many syllabi are available at (accessed 29 May 2014).

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The table below indicates the distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment determined by the PEACO Algorithm.




Curricular Type Parameters

Number of Courses Required for Graduation


Math-Economics Subjects (EA, QM, Macro, Fin Markets)


Policy-Oriented Subjects


Management-Oriented Subjects


Enrolment-Adjusted Course Distribution

Analysis and Skill Subjects


  - Policy and Management Analysis


  - Economic Analysis



  - Quantitative  and Analytic Methods


  - Leadership and Communication Skills


Institutions and Context Subjects


  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process


  - Ethics, Rights and Accountability


  - Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts


Management Function Subjects


  - Public Financial Management


  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement


  - Other Management Functions


Policy Sector Subjects


  - Macroeconomic Policy


  - International Development


  - Health


  - Other Policy Sectors




Competency Gap Analysis (in Course-Weeks of Instruction)

Course-Weeks in Core Subjects taken by Typical Student


Surplus or Shortfall Relative to Core Competency Requirement

  - Policy and Management Analysis (CCR = 18 course-weeks)


  - Economic Analysis (CCR = 12)


  - Quantitative Methods (CCR = 12)


  - Analytic Methods (CCR = 6)


  - Leadership Skills (CCR = 9)


  - Communication Skills (CCR = 3 courses)


  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process (CCR = 18)


  - Ethics, Rights and Accountability (CCR = 6 courses)


  - Socioeconomic and Political Context (CCR = 6)


  - Global Context (CCR = 3)


  - Public Financial Management (CCR = 6)


  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement (CCR = 6)


  - Human Resource Management (CCR = 3)


  - Information and Technology Management (CCR = 3)


  - Macroeconomic Policy (CCR = 6)


  - Environment and Sustainability (CCR = 3)


Subject-Matter Shortfall for Typical Student (Sum of Shortfalls)


Additional Parameters

Total Courses Listed


Courses Designated as Required (inc. Specialization Reqs)


Archetypal Public Affairs Subjects (P&MA, EA, QM, DI&PP)


Archetypal International Affairs Subjects (GC, ID, DS&FR)


Courses Required and Offered

Courses Required to Graduate


Required Courses


Elective Courses Taken by Typical Student


Elective Courses Listed


Enrolment Weight of Elective Course


Total Courses Listed


Source: At,,,,, (accessed 20 May 2014).

Page Created By: Kyle Richardson on 20 May 2014 and updated by Dave Marshall on 3 April 2015 and Ian Clark on 14 September 2015. Updating and editing may consist of substantive and/or formatting changes. Unless otherwise noted, however, information regarding a program's structure, curricular offerings and PEACO score is based on the program as it was on the date of page creation. The content presented on this page, except for the assignments of courses to Atlas subjects, the Instructional Distribution analysis, and the Commentary is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.

Glenn School MPA Course Map
 C o u r s e s  O f f e r e d,  l i s t e d  b y  P u b l i c  P o l i c y  a n d  M a n a g e m e n t  S u b j e c t

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  PUBAFRS 6000: Public Policy Formulation & Implementation (4R/3)
  PUBAFRS 6050: Managing Public Sector Organizations (4R/3)

 Economic Analysis

  PUBAFRS 6030 Public Sector Economics (4R/3)
  PUBAFRS 7920: Capstone: Public Economics (R/6)

 Quantitative Methods

  PUBAFRS 6070: Public Affairs Statistics (4R/3)
  PUBAFRS 6525: Survey Design (R/3)
  PUBAFRS 6890: Data Visualizations (R/3)
  PUBAFRS 7571: Multivariate Data Analysis

 Analytic Methods

  PUBAFRS 7550: Contract Management
  PUBAFRS 6890: Scorecards & Dashboards (R/3)
  PUBAFRS 7555: Project Management

 Leadership Skills

  PUBAFRS 5800: Special Topics in Public Affairs: Social Venture

 Communication Skills

  PUBAFRS 6500: Written and Oral Communication (2R/3)
  PUBAFRS 7501: Grant Writing

Multiple Subjects

 Capstone Courses, Internships, Major Projects, Theses, etc.

  PUBAFRS 7900: Capstone: Research Paper in Public Affairs (R/6)
  PUBAFRS 7910: Capstone: Public Policy Issues (R/6)
  PUBAFRS 7950: Capstone: Nonprofit Management (R/6)

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  PUBAFRS 6010: Legal Environment of Public Organizations (4R/3)

 Social and Political Context

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

  PUBAFRS 6040: Budgeting & Finance (4R/3)
  PUBAFRS 6505: Governmental Accounting (R/3)
  PUBAFRS 7930: Capstone: Public Budgeting and Finance (R/6)

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

  PUBAFRS 6080: Public Affairs Program Evaluations (4R/3)
  PUBAFRS 7554: Performance Measurement

 Human Resource Management

  PUBAFRS 6060: Managing Human Resources in Public Organizations (4R/3)
  PUBAFRS 6890: Public Personnel Performance Evaluation

 Information Management and Technology

  PUBAFRS 6515: Database Management (R/3)
  PUBAFRS 7960: Capstone: Information Management (2R/3)

 Program and Service Delivery

 Regulatory Policy and Management

  PUBAFRS 7535: Regulation and Deregulation: Markets or Mandates

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

  PUBAFRS 5750H: Business & Government Relationship
  PUBAFRS 5590: Fundraising & Philanthropy
  PUBAFRS 5800: Special Topics in Public Affairs: Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations
  PUBAFRS 7553: Nonprofit Management & Governance
  PUBAFRS 5591: Lobbying & Government Relations

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

 International Development

  PUBAFRS 5700: Rebuilding Failed & Weak States

 Social Policy and Welfare



 Employment, Labour and Immigration

  PUBAFRS 7506: Workforce Planning & Policy

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

  PUBAFRS 5400: Housing Planning

 Environment and Sustainability

 Agriculture and Resources

  PUBAFRS 5900: Food Systems Planning & the Economy

 Science, Technology and Innovation

  PUBAFRS 5800: Special Topics in Public Affairs: Science, Engineering, & Public Policy

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

 Policing and Justice Administration

  PUBAFRS 7507: Criminal Justice Policy

 Arts and Culture

 Financial Markets

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