Dean's Welcome

We are committed to developing leaders and advancing knowledge for the greater good.

We’re taking on the most difficult challenges facing our world, from poverty, pollution and healthcare to fiscal discipline, tax reform and regulatory reform. Together, our students and faculty are united in seeking understanding that leads to solutions.

Established in 1972, our school was the first school of its type in the world, bringing together the study of public affairs, environmental science, and policy. Here you can study any one of those disciplines or all three, as our academic programs prepare you to join our more than 34,000 alumni in careers that allow you to move seamlessly between the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

Over the course of our school’s 47 year history, we’ve developed a reputation for excellence and influence—but we’re not content to rest there. We’re launching new academic programs, hiring new faculty, and forging new partnerships with international academic institutions.

I’m especially proud to announce that, in 2019, our school was named to honor IU alumnus and former treasury secretary Paul H. O’Neill, MPA’66. I can think of no better embodiment of our school’s commitment to excellence. O’Neill’s career is marked by leadership and vision, and he has relentlessly pursued evidence-based decision-making—a hallmark of what we aspire to teach our students.

We’d enjoy the chance to meet you and work with you. And please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions as you explore your fit in the O'Neill community. I look forward to seeing you on campus. 

Best regards,
John D. Graham, Ph.D.

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We’re proud of our ranking as the number one public university in our field in the nation. That’s due to our prominent faculty who are engaged in innovative research. It’s also due to the opportunities offered our students through our rigorous core curriculum, and an array of concentrations—some considered to be the best in the country.

—John D. Graham, Ph.D., Dean