Master of Public Affairs (MPA)

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.

O’Neill offers the #2 ranked MPA program in the nation. Our Environmental Policy and Management, Nonprofit Management, and Public Finance and Budgeting concentrations are each ranked #1 by U.S. News and World Report. We're #2 for Public Management and Leadership, and we’re #3 for Public Policy Analysis, #7 for Local Government Managment, and #7 for Health Policy.

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The MPA Program

2years to complete

48credit hours

Core Curriculum

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


Choose at least one specialized area of concentration from our options, focusing on your area—or areas—of 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.

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