Master's Programs

Make more than a difference—become an innovative leader in your field

Students at the O’Neill School at Indiana University want to have a successful career making a difference in their communities and in the lives of others. Whether it’s through public affairs, environmental science and sustainability, healthcare management, or arts administration, O’Neill master’s programs will give you the technical skills and practical, hands-on experience you need to not only make a difference, but to become an innovative leader in your field. 

Across our curriculum, you’ll find a focus on driving measurable impact on issues such as social equity, racial injustice, sustainability, healthcare, arts and cultural policy, and climate change. 

Over 60% of O’Neill master’s students receive funding.

Competitive funding packages are available to assist in making our top-ranked school affordable. If you apply by the priority deadline, you will automatically be considered for fellowship funding.

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O'Neill support for veterans and military students

If you are a veteran or military student, select your qualifying military status in the application for admission and O'Neill will waive all application fees. No application payment required! Questions? Email oneillgd@indiana.

O’Neill will guarantee a reduction to in-state tuition rates for veteran and military students provided the applicant is not eligible for or not selected to receive an award through the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon Program is administered by IU's Center for Veteran and Military Students.

The O’Neill School may waive the experiential component of your degree (if applicable) and award a credit reduction based on years of service attained prior to the start of an O’Neill master’s program. Up to a nine-credit hour reduction is possible, depending on years of service and the limits set by your degree program.

Command and Staff College MPA Benefits

CDET CSCDEP graduates will receive a total benefit of 18-credit hours* for their military experience and CSCDEP work that can be used towards the 48-credit hour Master of Public Affairs (MPA).

  • Six credit hours of course credit for coursework completed through the CSCDEP, which will count in a specialized concentration/focus area.
  • Twelve additional credit hours for Mid­Career credits. (The 12-credit hour waiver will waive the three-credit hour Capstone course and nine credits of elective coursework.)

*This is inclusive of any credit already awarded for completion of the Certificate programs.


Indiana University’s Center for Veteran and Military Students maintains a dedicated staff to provide personal support and assistance for military students and families. They are here to assist you with any student- or military-related concern. Indiana University also maintains flexible enrollment policies for military students. 

Learn more about IU’s Center for Veteran and Military Students

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O’Neill programs have a solid mix of STEM subjects, and also law and policy. All of it comes together really well, and that’s what sets the O’Neill curriculum apart from other schools.

—Anagha Gore, Master of Public Affairs - MS in Environmental Science’21

The MPA helps me focus on potential solutions to societal problems that we see throughout America, and it has helped me understand the larger root causes of some of the things we want to change in the world.

—Maj. Thomas Eytchison, 3D MLG, III MEF, USMC