GPS programs of interest

Programs of Interest

As you explore possible programs of interest, please take into consideration these highlighted programs.


Actuarial and Quantitative Risk Management (MAQRM)

The Master's of Actuarial and Quantitative Risk Management (MAQRM) is a new graduate degree program inaugurated in 2016. It is based on a tremendously successful undergraduate degree program in actuarial sciences that our department has been offering for over 35 years. MAQRM provides a curriculum that combines training in modern mathematical finance and actuarial risk management – two areas that have become increasingly intertwined, creating a demand for graduates that have acquired expertise in both. The curriculum includes newly developed courses in risk management and financial stochastic calculus. In addition, students will be exposed to courses in actuarial science, financial economics, statistics, and numerical analysis. The program utilizes well established connections to the statewide insurance industry and other businesses involved in risk management in order to create practical experiences and provide additional mentoring during the two years of study in the program. These connections will also be instrumental in job placements of graduates.

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Geodetic Science

In Geodetic Science, we are concerned with the size and shape of the Earth, the realization of terrestrial reference frames, and the estimation of spatial coordinates, Earth orientation parameters, crustal deformation, tides, the mean and time-variable gravity field, and mass fluxes associated with the Earth system. We use a wide range of instruments including GPS, very-long baseline interferometry, radar, InSAR, Lidar, laser and microwave altimetry, optical imaging, inertial sensors, and gravimeters and gravity gradiometers. These devices are deployed in situ, on aircraft and on satellites. They provide fundamental observations for geodetic control and for many branches of the Earth sciences including geophysics, geodynamics, geomorphology, geology, oceanography, hydrology, glaciology, meteorology, space physics and climate change research.

Geodetic science engages a wide range of mathematical applications including boundary values problems, computational geometry, satellite orbital theory, adjustment theory and optimal estimation, signal processing, and the encoding of geoinformation. We expose our students to, and attract students from physics, mathematics, statistics, geophysics, and computer science.

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Kinesiology, BS, MS, PhD

In Ohio State's Kinesiology program, you have many options available as you study the mechanics of body movement. Whether you are searching for a career in exercise science, physical education or sport management, you will learn from renowned faculty passionate about developing the next kinesiology professionals and scholars. The Ohio State kinesiology program is the sixth best among U.S. universities and will train you to show society the value of sport, physical activity and physical education. Particular focus in these programs is placed on:

  • Obesity prevention

  • Health and wellness throughout life

  • Physical education in school

  • Sport's cultural and historical contexts

  • And more…

Your Studies in Focus:

  • Health and Exercise Science prepares you to educate the public how to enhance physical activity and health behaviors to prevent and treat chronic disease, influence others to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles and improve sport and exercise performance.

  • Physical Education teaches you the skills and best practices to educate and train youth to develop and maintain healthy and active lifestyles.

  • Sport Management trains you for careers in the highly competitive sport industry as you learn how keep sports and physical activities organizations successful.

As the 15th largest city in the United States, Ohio State's Columbus campus offers you numerous opportunities to see and work in the kinesiology field. Within a two-hour drive there are seven universities with athletic departments, more than 20 professional sports teams, three major hospital systems and numerous sports and recreation programs. The challenging and exciting career options in kinesiology are only limited by your imagination.

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Landscape Architecture, MLA

Landscape Architecture at The Ohio State University will soon turn 100. It is a time to celebrate, to reflect on our achievements and define our future ambitions. As a designer, educator, and historian, I am extremely pleased to lead the landscape architecture section during this exciting time.

The current environmental questions concerning urbanization, dwindling resources, and erratic climate patterns have brought landscape architects to rethink their own practices and expand their theoretical engagement. Design and planning projects are increasingly systemic and projective, addressing economic, social, cultural, and physical factors over large scales and long time frames. Landscape architects are concerned with issues ranging from food security to decaying infrastructure. Collaborating with complex multidisciplinary teams, they require broad knowledge and specific expertise. This dual competency requires a nimble education system—one that prepares students with professional skills while fostering connections across disciplines.

As a land-grant institution, The Ohio State University is well placed to bridge practice and research. The historical kinship between landscape architecture and agricultural sciences combined with the university's focus on research has promoted a solid culture of design. Building on this foundation, we intend to support making as well as meaning, cultivating environmental citizens, thinkers and practitioners. It is in the critical examination of landscape architecture's relationships to technique, art, ecology, and theory that we can advance the discipline academically and professionally.

We work with a cadre of dedicated and young faculty who are attuned to current environmental questions and engaged in the practice—both theoretical and applied—of landscape architecture. Together with distinguished visiting professors they offer a broad range of pedagogies, research, and knowledge.

The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program prepares students to engage in landscape architecture as both a cultural and an ecological practice. The MLA program stresses development of critical thought, inventive curiosity and technical facility. Design studios, workshops, and theory courses focus on the breadth of scales and cultural implications of the discipline, from site design to urban design to the management of regional ecosystems, while courses in technology and professional practice prepare students for the rigors of professional landscape architectural design practices.

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Vision Science, MS & PhD

Vision science encompasses a wide variety of inquiries that probe the visual system to ultimately improve vision and quality of life. Research in the Vision Science Graduate Program includes clinical studies of refractive error management, lazy eye treatment, and therapy for convergence insufficiency. Adaptive optics are used to image the retina as it relates to refractive, natural aging, and disease processes. Basic science experiments examine ambryologic changes that may lead to eye disease and cataractogenesis. Psychophysical studies examine visual development in infants, reading with low vision, and color naming.

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Learning Technologies, MLT (online) & PhD

Learning Technologies in the College of Education and Human Ecology is an interdisciplinary program focused on the intersections of learning and technology in formal and informal educational settings and in society at-large. The program prepares you to design, implement and evaluate learning technologies for a diverse range of educational contexts including K-12 environments, higher education, distance education, corporate and non-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and community-based organizations and programs.

Faculty and students in this program integrate theoretical and practical studies of technologies and media through pedagogical, psychological, social, cultural, economic, historical and political research, in addition to the production of educational technologies. Areas of focus studied by faculty and students include:

  • Computer-supported collaborative learning

  • Education, technology, policy and globalization

  • Entrepreneurship in Educational Technology

  • Games and simulations

  • Learning technologies, digital divides and diverse populations

  • And more…

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Medical Humanities and Social Sciences, MA

Because the science and practice of medicine benefit from humanistic and social-scientific perspectives, Ohio State now offers the MA in Medical Humanities and Social Sciences. The program provides transformational insights into illness and treatment, death and dying, doctor-patient relationships and the institutions, practices and cultural discourses of medicine.

Guided by faculty advisors, students follow their own interdisciplinary paths of study, emerging with a deeper understanding of the values, practices, successes and challenges of contemporary medicine. In addition to acquiring the knowledge relevant to their own goals, students develop valuable, portable skills in critical thinking, writing, synthesizing information and communicating ideas to diverse audiences.

Graduates will be well-prepared for further study in medical school or PhD programs and for employment in such fields as public health, medical-facility administration, HR benefits and the insurance industry. Possible jobs include research positions in agencies devoted to health policy, leadership positions in institutions promoting wellness and advocacy roles in health-care reform. The MA in Medical Humanities and Social Sciences is housed within the Department of English and draws additional faculty from the Departments of Anthropology, Classics, Communication, Comparative Studies, French and Italian, History, Psychology, Public Health and Sociology.

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Professional Programs

Genetic counseling

Genetic counselors are health care professionals who combine their knowledge of basic science, medical genetics, epidemiological principles, and counseling theory with their skills in genetic risk assessment, education, interpersonal communication and counseling to provide services to clients and their families for a diverse set of genetic or genomic indications. Genetic counselors are employed in many settings such as university medical centers, community clinics, physician offices, health maintenance organizations, advocacy organizations, governmental agencies, public health departments and biotechnology companies. Those in clinical practice provide education and counseling in such areas as reproductive genetics, pediatric genetics, newborn screening follow-up, cancer genetics, neurogenetics, and cardiovascular genetics. Many genetic counselors are also actively involved in teaching and clinical research. The profession is growing rapidly with the number of certified genetic counselors increasing over 400% since 1992.

Job satisfaction is high in genetic counseling. Eighty-nine percent of clinical genetic counselors and 87% of non-clinical genetic counselors reported that they were satisfied or very satisfied with their job in a 2010 survey. Respondents were most satisfied with the following aspects of the profession: counseling patients, learning opportunities, scientific content, and the opportunity for personal growth. (National Society of Genetic Counselors 2010 Professional Status Survey)

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Master of Healthcare Innovation

Welcome to tomorrow. This is where big ideas gain traction. Where the words what if frame every conversation. And fundamental change is within our reach.

Open to applicants with any undergraduate degree, the strength of this program lies within its diversity. Multiple perspectives. Varied backgrounds. Unique talents. They all come together in pursuit of a common goal. To change healthcare for the better. We encourage you to contact us, schedule a visit and apply. Join us as we discover, develop and apply new ideas designed to revolutionize care on every level.

The Ohio State University is authorized to offer MHI in all 50 states. For more information on state authorization requirements and disclosures related to online programs, please visit

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Master of Respiratory Therapy

The Ohio State University Master of Respiratory Therapy (MRT) is the first advanced practice clinical master's degree for respiratory care in the nation. The MRT is designed to prepare advanced respiratory care practitioners as clinical specialists in a variety of settings.

Graduates of the MRT program will be prepared to successfully obtain advanced practice credentials to position themselves for independent supervised practice positions with more responsibility. The MRT will allow for an expanded scope of practice and additional professional growth opportunities that are currently not available in respiratory therapy. Why earn your MRT at Ohio State?

  • First advanced practice clinical master's program in the nation – this is not an entry-to-practice program

  • Unmatched clinical experience – The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children's Hospital

  • Specialized education – grounded in the evolution of respiratory practice and the healthcare needs of tomorrow

  • Learn from the best – work, research and learn alongside nationally recognized and respected faculty and clinicians

  • Nationally recognized for leadership and innovation in respiratory education and research

  • Graduates will be prepared to successfully obtain specialty credentials

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