MPA Example Curriculum
The careers and achievements of more than 2,500 alumni offer testimony to the curriculum of the school. Alumni vouch for the way the coursework has served them over a lifetime of service in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The core curriculum consists of classes in four streams—public policy, public management, public sector economics, and data analysis. The coursework is designed to teach analytical and managerial skills that are relevant to numerous career fields. Below are example courses that students take in the MPA program.
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Public Policy Formulation and Implementation
Legal Environment of Public Organizations
Managing Public Organizations
Managing Human Resources in Public Organizations
Public Sector Economics
Public Affairs Economics
Public Finance and Budgeting
Decision Support Systems
Public Affairs Program Evaluation
Public Affairs Statistcs
Higher Education Policy
Science and Technology Policy
Skill Courses and Capstone
While there are no formal prerequisite requirements, the master's program at the Glenn School has a strong analytical component and it is expected that students will have familiarity with basic concepts from statistics and economics, as well as knowledge of American government. Undergraduate courses in microeconomics, statistics, and American Government are strongly recommended.
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The John Glenn School has funding available in the form of merit-based scholarships, assistantships, and fellowships. Students who receive an assistantship position often receive hands on experience with government agencies or nonprofit organizations in Columbus. To be considered for priority aid, applicants are encouraged to apply by December 1st. Additional funding information is also available through the Ohio State University, Financial Aid office.
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Glenn School: Mailing Address and Contact Information
John Glenn School of Public Affairs
The Ohio State University
110 Page Hall
1810 N. College Road
Columbus, OH 43210