Master of Public Affairs

Earn your MPA from a leader in public affairs education

With an MPA from the O’Neill School, your education builds on almost 50 years of growth and scholarship. The O’Neill School is one of the largest and most-respected schools of its kind, consistently recognized as one of the best among all Master of Public Affairs programs.

Jumpstarting your MPA journey is easy. The GRE and GMAT are not required and you may qualify to earn up to 12 credit hours with prior experience. You can choose to complete your MPA in residence, online, or as a hybrid option, allowing you to switch between in-residence and online delivery as needed.

Top-ranked curriculum

O’Neill offers top-ranked curriculum areas and the #2 MPA Program in the nation.

  • #1 Environmental Policy and Management
  • #1 Nonprofit Management
  • #1 Public Finance 
  • #2 Public Management and Leadership
  • #3 Public Policy Analysis
  • #7 Local Government Management
  • #7 Health Policy
  • #10 Social Policy

Take the first step to get started

BL-SPEA MPA (Aronson)

Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.



Call Us



2years to complete

48credit hours

Learn to lead for the greater good

Our interdisciplinary nature sets us apart. It’s a program based on doing, designed to prepare skilled, principled, and creative leaders.

You’ll learn how to address society’s complex, interconnected problems through a traditional public administration and policy analysis curriculum blended with recent academic advances in leadership and governance. And, you’ll graduate with the skills you will need for a career in any sector—public, private, or nonprofit.

  • American Red Cross, Manager 
  • Booz Allen Hamilton, Energy Communication Specialist - Senior Consultant 
  • Chicago Housing Authority, Senior Energy Analyst
  • Crowe Horwath LLP, Healthcare Consultant
  • Cummins, Corporate Responsibility Program Manager
  • Deloitte, Business Technology Analyst
  • Federal Election Commission, Campaign Finance Analyst
  • GAO, Analyst
  • Grant Thornton, Global Public Sector Associate
  • Habitat For Humanity, International Senior Analyst
  • Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Project Manager - Wetlands, Lakes, and Streams
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness, Development Associate
  • Nestle, Safety Health and Environmental Specialist
  • New York City Department of Education, Co-Director, Mastery Collaborative
  • PWC, Management Consultant Senior Analyst
  • The Nature Conservancy, Urban Conservation Program Associate
  • U.S. Agency for International Development, South Syrian Assistance Platform Program Management Assistant
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration Officer
  • United Nations, Project Assistant
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency, Presidential Management Fellow and Environmental Protection Specialist

Core Curriculum

A foundation in managment, statistics, microeconomics, law, and budgeting.


Choose from 12 concentrations—more than any other MPA in the world—or design your own concentration based on a specialized interest.

Experiential Requirement

Gain professional experience through an internship, an independent or group research project, or other experiential learning option.

Capstone Project

Complete a semester-long project committed to solving a problem for a client organization.

Consider a dual degree

Get more education in less time with a dual degree—earning two master's degrees in less time than it would take to earn each degree separately. Combine your MPA with a Master of Arts in Arts Administration or a Master of Science in Environmental Science degree and further your career possibilities.

Important dates

Spring 2022

Classes begin in January

  • Priority Deadline: November 15, 2021
  • Final Deadline: December 1, 2021

Fall 2022

Classes begin in August

  • Priority Deadline: January 15, 2022
  • Final Deadline: June 1, 2022
*Apply by priority deadline to be considered for O’Neill Fellowships