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A STANDING Tradition over 25 Years strong 

  • 2,209 ...individuals have earned graduate degrees from Otterbein.
  • Approximately 730 ...total students enrolled annually, with nearly 450 enrolled each term.
  • 84% ...of alumni are working in their chosen fields.
  • 70% ...of alumni have obtained a new position since earning their degrees. 


Otterbein University’s Graduate School creates engaged and transformed leaders who shape tomorrow  
by standing out today. 

YOU STAND OUT: It’s more than knowing your name.  

We invest in your goals and care about your dreams.   

Why do students choose Otterbein for graduate school?   

Personal attention—Student learning comes first. Students interact with faculty face-to-face to build relationships that last. Otterbein alumni networks keep students connected long past graduation.   

Otterbein’s small classes—Most courses have a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Communities of scholars are formed with faculty members who engage and guide students and students who inspire each other. Graduate faculty know the issues in their respective fields and help students apply new knowledge in the clinic, the classroom, the boardroom and other professional environments.   

Otterbein’s convenient location—Otterbein’s beautiful campus is located in Westerville, OH, at the northern edge of Columbus, just off I-270. As population growth occurs in  
Delaware County to the north and Licking County to the east, Otterbein provides students with a university close to their homes.   

OUTSTANDING Opportunity: In and Out of the Classroom 

Dedicated, hardworking people come to Otterbein for the quality of our programs. They know that what they learn in our graduate programs will help them stand  
out to advance and lead in their careers.

Barbara Schaffner Ph.D., CNP
Dean of The Graduate School and the School of Professional Studies

Research opportunities are available across all programs:  

MBA—MBA students form a consulting team and solve real-world problems for local corporations and non-profit organizations through a final capstone project.  

Education and Educational Mathematics—Students often use their current classrooms  
as research sites to learn how to improve teaching and learning.  

Nursing—Nurses incorporate new skills and knowledge in clinical settings like hospitals, operating rooms and physicians’ offices.  

Allied Health—Students complete theses or clinical projects, such as developing specialized fitness programs, enhancing academic teaching and learning methodologies or designing evidence-based training programs to prevent injuries. 

Graduate programs are constantly evolving to meet the needs of the professions and those of the working professional. Graduate education for advanced skills, new knowledge or to make a career change continues to be an investment with a large return.  

Graduate education is central to the nation’s ability to innovate and to build a highly competent workforce. Perhaps more importantly, graduate education is highly valued by those who attain it.  


Track these Graduate Successes After Earning an Otterbein Degree 


  • Colleen Philabaum–Director, Centers of Excellence, Worthington Industries Engineered Cabs, Columbus, OH, MBA 2010
  • Terry Hammett–Treasurer and Vice President of Investor Relations, Commercial Vehicle Group Inc., New Albany, OH, MBA 2014
  • Kate Visconti–Managing Director for Global Services (CRM) Practice, Acumen Solutions, Boston, M.A., MBA 2003 


  • Tina Glade–Program Coordinator Cancer Services, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, Columbus, OH, MSAH 2014
  • Amanda Sampsel–Outreach Athletic TrainerOlentangy Orange High School OhioHealth Sports Medicine, Lewis Center, OH, MSAH 2014
  • Romie Graham–Assistant Football Coach, Wide Receivers, Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, MSAH 2014 


  • Maggie Baker, Ph.D., RN, FAAN–Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Washington, MSN 1997
  • Ruth Downing–Forensic Health Care Consulting, Delaware, OH, B.S. 2004; MSN Family Nurse Practitioner 2006 


  • Jill Yonchak–District Title Coordinator, Marion City Schools, Marion, OH, MAE 2014
  • Elizabeth Ochs–Columbus Global Academy, Columbus City Schools, 6th-grade math teacher, MAE C and I Concentration in TESOL 2014
  • Ashley Jewel–McCord Middle School, Worthington City Schools, OH, Intervention Specialist, MAT 2015

Graduate Programs at Otterbein

Allied Health (Master of Science in Allied Health): Enhances professionals' abilities to think critically, analyze data, and utilize relevant information to prepare for career advancement in wellness, disease prevention and health promotion. The MSAH in Allied Health will prepare you for the next level in your career through a challenging and professionally-focused curriculum, with tracks available in Healthcare Administration and Exercise & Health Science. 

Graduate Nursing Programs: We value and embrace assisting you to gain the expertise required to practice safely as an advanced practice nurse in our master’s programs. The Family Nurse Practitioner program includes online course work as well as in class & simulation lab experience.  The Nurse Anesthetist program is a full-time classroom & clinical program.  The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is an online practice-focused degree designed for advanced practice nurses and nurse executives.

Master of Business Administration: If you are looking for a campus-based, evening MBA program that does not sacrifice student experience or quality for convenience, consider the Otterbein MBA. Experience the relevant and engaging curriculum, international travel opportunities, and the chance to build your network.

Graduate Education (MAE, MAT): We believe all children deserve to have inspiring, innovative teachers, and at Otterbein, we work WITH teachers as they transform and develop their practice to help every child achieve.  Otterbein Graduate Education programs offers Master's degrees, endorsements, professional development, and initial licensure programs. So tell us, what can we teach you?

Educational Mathematics (MAEM)For math teachers, few options exist for an advanced degree that honors both their roots in education and in mathematics. Otterbein University created a new path for high school teachers and community college faculty passionate about mathematics who have a strong desire to share the power of that passion with others.

Contact Us

Barbara Schaffner Ph.D., CNP 
Dean of The Graduate School
p/ 614.823.1735
e/ bschaffner@otterbein.edu 

Eric Lloyd
MBA Director
p/ 614.823.1445
e/ elloyd@otterbein.edu

Terry Magas, B.A. 
Assistant to The Graduate School
p/ 614.823.3274
e/ tmagas@otterbein.edu

The Graduate School Office
1 South Grove Street, Westerville, OH 43081-2004 
Roush Hall, Room 208 

Office Hours    
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

614.823.3210 • grad@otterbein.edu