Leading the way to a better world
What is the O’Neill School?
The O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs is a nationally ranked academic institution located on the campus of Indiana University and home to a top-ranked Masters of Public Affairs program.
We bring together management skills, science, policy analysis, and the humanities. We focus on governing, managing, and leading. We prepare students to address the complex issues that face society today—issues one field of study alone can't solve.
And the world has noticed. We’ve been recognized many times over for our unique programs and outstanding faculty.
Get to know the O'Neill School
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The O'Neill School of Public and Environmental
Affairs is named in honor of Paul H. O'Neill.
Former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury.
Established nearly 50 years as SPEA, our school
was the first school of its kind in the world.
Bringing together the study of public affairs,
environmental science, and policy.
Today, the O'Neill School has more than 36,000
And our graduates are working across the globe
as leaders of nonprofit organizations,
government agencies, and in the private sector.
You may have heard that O'Neill offers top
ranked programs in public affairs and environmental science.
Did you know that you can also study healthcare
management, international affairs, and even arts administration?
We have a variety of master's degrees and
that you can customize to propel your future career.
Our faculty are national leaders inside and
outside the classroom.
They teach from experience, drawing from their
own public service
and consulting with governments around the world.
Our public administration research is considered
some of the best in the world,
according to the Shanghai Rankings.
In addition, O'Neill students have access
to more than 1,600 acres of protected land
at the Research and Teaching Preserve, providing
great opportunities for research experience in the field.
And if you are passionate about making the
world cleaner and more energy efficient,
IU is home to 12 centers and institutes dedicated
to environmental sustainability.
If you want to get involved outside of class,
O'Neill has more than 20 different student
organizations, including the Nonprofit Management Association
and the Environmental Management
and Sustainable Development Association.
And every year, roughly 60 students participate
in our Service Corps program,
serving local organizations in the public, nonprofit, and
At the O'Neill School, you can also make the
world your classroom.
From a semester exchange in Australia to a
spring break trip in the United Arab Emirates,
we have over 20 overseas programs designed
specifically for O'Neill graduate students.
And the best part?
Every year, the O'Neill School awards almost
$300,000 to help students gain international experiences.
At the O'Neill School, we actively strive
to cultivate diversity, equity, and inclusion.
We use the engagement of all faculty, students,
staff, alumni, and community members in all of our efforts.
As Paul H. O'Neill once said, a real leader
hungers for the responsibility of making a difference.
If you are looking for a place where you can
develop the skills you need to change the world,
schedule a visit to see where the O'Neill
School can take you.
O’Neill creates leaders for every sector of the economy
Our programs run the gamut from public policy to environmental management and from healthcare administration to arts administration.
Our graduates thrive in governmental agencies, private corporations, and nonprofit organizations—and often move seamlessly among all three.
The O’Neill School made me career ready
A Legacy of leadership
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