Office of Admissions

O’Neill’s professional, interdisciplinary programs connect areas of study, tapping into the strengths of expert faculty in disciplines diverse as public affairs, healthcare management, arts administration, and environmental science and offering varied perspectives representative of our interconnected world. Whether you pursue a degree in public affairs, arts administration, environmental science—or a combination through our dual degrees—you’ll graduate ready for a leadership position that spans the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. And, you'll gain career experience while in school.

Degrees Offered

Master of Arts in Arts Administration (MAAA)
Master of Environmental Sustainability (MES)
Master of Public Affairs (MPA) – Online Options Available
Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES)
Master of Science in Healthcare Management (MSHM)
Over 20 Dual Degree Options
Six Graduate Certificates – Online Options Available

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Conflict Resolution / Negotiation
Energy Policy
Environmental Policy
Government (Public) Administration
Healthcare Policy / Management
Housing / Economic Development
Information & Technology Policy / Management
International Development
Nonprofit Management
Organizational Theory / Management
Public Finance / Budgeting

Area Studies

Eastern Europe / Russia
Latin America

Graduate Program Overview

U.S. News & World Report's (USNWR) most recent rankings designated O’Neill’s Master of Public Affairs (MPA) as the best in the nation. O’Neill offers a unique multidisciplinary curriculum with 12 concentration options that broadens students’ understanding of economic, political, legal and social issues integral to public service, the nonprofit sector, and the corporate world.

O’Neill’s Master of Arts in Arts Administration (MAAA) is well-regarded across the nation for transforming students' arts skills into successful administrative careers. Our graduates obtain jobs with some of the best arts organizations across the world, such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Smithsonian Institute, and the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra. Many students pursue a dual Master of Arts in Arts Administration-Master of Public Affairs (MAAA-MPA). This unique program provides students the opportunity to obtain two highly-regarded master’s degrees in two and a half years.

The Master of Environmental Sustainability (MES) can be completed in 12 months, quickly preparing you for a career dedicated to transforming sound environmental science and policy into actionable solutions that promote sustainability practices in all sectors. This program allows you to customize your education with concentrations in areas such as water resources, toxicology, and natural resource conservation.

Additionally, our Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES) degree is reputably one of the top environmental science programs in the country, as designated by the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD). O’Neill’s distinctive dual MPA-MSES program provides a full integration of science and policy. Combining scientific training with education on law, management, and economics, this degree combination is ideal for those looking to enact environmental policies to solve complex ecological problems we are facing today.

The Master of Science in Healthcare Management (MSHM) is also a one-year degree program and is jointly offered by Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. This 36 credit hour degree program prepares you to meet the growing demand for healthcare managers, consultants, healthcare law specialists, medical device managers, and other positions leading the healthcare industry.

Admissions Deadline

Priority Deadline (for merit-aid consideration): December 31
MES/MSHM Final Deadline: March 1
All other programs Final Deadline: May 1

Admissions Overview

How to Apply - Complete and submit the following materials:

Online Indiana University Graduate Application– go.iu.edu/oneillapp

Application fee – The application requires payment by credit card upon submission: $70.

Transcript(s) – A Transcript from each college attended is required, regardless of degree conferral, including transfer credits. Unofficial transcripts are accepted, but official transcripts will be required once admitted. If you attended Indiana University, you need not submit a transcript; we can obtain it from the Registrar.

Please have transcripts sent electronically to [email protected] or in hard copy to the following address: O’Neill Master’s Programs Office 1315 E. Tenth St., Suite A304 Bloomington, IN 47405

Three letters of recommendation – We recommend these letters come from faculty members when possible. On the online application, you will be asked to provide contact information for three recommenders. After you submit your application and pay the application fee, an email will be sent to your recommenders prompting them to upload their recommendation letters.

Alternatively, your recommenders may submit recommendations as a PDF attachment via email to [email protected] with the name of the applicant in the subject line.

TOEFL or IELTS scores (for international students) –
• Our TOEFL institution code is 1324.
• It is suggested to send IELTS scores to IU while filling out the application form to avoid additional fees. Use the following information:
o Name/Department: Masters Programs Office
Name of Institution: Indiana University Bloomington
Address: 1315 E 10th St, Office A300, Bloomington IN 47405

Personal statement – Your personal statement should be uploaded to the online application. Alternatively, your personal statement may be emailed to [email protected], as a PDF attachment with the subject line: Application Personal Statement. Please respond to the following prompt: Describe what leading for the greater good means to you. Describe your passion and how an O’Neill degree will help you make your passion actionable.

Résumé or CV – Your résumé or CV should be uploaded to the online application. Alternatively, your résumé may be emailed to [email protected], as a PDF attachment, with the subject line: Application Résumé.

All supplemental paper materials for domestic applicants should be sent to the O’Neill Master’s Programs Office (MPO) at 1315 E. Tenth Street, Suite A304, Bloomington, IN 47405. Additional electronic files can be sent to [email protected]

The GRE is no longer required for admission to any of the O’Neill School’s master's programs. It may still be submitted as supplementary materials - but is not a part of the core review process.

Contact Information

Indiana University - Bloomington, Masters Program Office (MPO), SPEA 260, 1315 E. 10th Street
Bloomington, IN

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