Master of Public Administration / MBA Program

With the changing roles of public and nonprofit organizations, there is a rising demand for managers and leaders who not only have sound business skills, but who also possess substantial insights and function as change agents to effectively manage resources in a nonprofit and public organization.

Students who are enrolled in the Master of Public Administration/MBA program can earn both degrees in three academic years. If earned independently, these degrees would require four years of study.


Applicants to the MPA/MBA Program must complete the application requirements of both the Fisher College of Business and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs separately, applying independently to each school. In order to enter the combined MPA/MBA program, students should indicate to both program offices their intent to study in the dual degree program. An applicant who is admitted to only one degree program may elect to pursue that particular degree separate from the dual degree program format. Further, while it is possible after beginning either program to apply for admission to the other, this may not permit the usual dual degree schedule efficiencies.

Both colleges have small classes and start in the fall of each calendar year. Fisher follows a rolling admissions process; for the MPA, you are expected to send in your application by July 1st. For both programs, it is in an applicant's best interest to submit application materials early.

MPA admissions requirements

  • Ohio State Graduate Application
  • Application fee
  • Personal statement
  • Resume or vita
  • Resume with extracurricular leadership and any prior work experience
  • Transcript (official copy)
  • Three letters of recommendation (minimum of one being an academic recommendation)
  • Graduate Records Examinations test (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
  • English language proficiency (TOEFL)

MBA admissions requirements:

  • A completed online application
  • Application fee
  • Admissions essay
  • Updated resume
  • Official university transcripts
  • Optional letters of recommendation
  • GMAT or GRE test
  • English language proficiency (TOEFL)
  • Video Interview
  • Live Interview (by invitation only)


Students admitted to the dual degree program may pursue the MPA/MBA according to this schedule:

  MPA Program MBA Program
First Year 0 percent 100 percent
Second Year 100 percent 0 percent
Third Year 50 percent 50 percent

The dual MBA/MPA degree requires a total of 90 credit hours for completion. In a dual degree scenario, you will be able to leverage part of your MPA electives toward your MBA degree and vice versa. The MBA accepts 12 semester hours of MPA coursework towards the completion of MBA electives. The MPA program accepts 10 hours of MBA coursework toward the completion of 6 hours of MPA Electives and 4 hours of MPA Core classes. This overlap shortens the overall curriculum for both programs by 22 credit hours.

Career Placement

The career management offices of both Fisher College of Business and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs are available to our MPA./MBA graduates. In addition to the more than 300 companies that recruit from Fisher's Office of Career Management, a wide array of firms, corporations, and government agencies work with the placement office of the College of Public Affairs resulting in a nearly 100 percent placement rate at graduation.

Contact Information

For more information and an application for the MBA program contact:

The Ohio State University
Fisher College of Business
MBA Admissions
100 Gerlach Hall
2108 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210, USA
+1 (614).292.8511

For more information and an application for the MPA program contact:

The Ohio State University
The John Glenn College of Public Affairs
MPA Admissions
110 Page Hall
1810 College Rd
Columbus, OH 43210, USA
Telephone: +1 (614).292.8696