Online Programs

Become a leader, make a difference

O’Neill Online creates opportunities for nonprofit and public affairs professionals in a way unrivaled by other highly ranked graduate schools. Our programs cater to experienced professionals who need added flexibility as they balance work and family life. We believe you should be able to enhance your careers through the same nationally ranked programs offered on campus. 

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Is an O’Neill Online MPA or Graduate Certificate right for you?

Our online programs are designed with a flexible format for working professionals passionate about solving problems and making a difference. Course content is delivered asynchronously, and you can take as little as one course at a time.  

Expect a rigorous and rich learning experience alongside students across the globe with diverse backgrounds and prior experiences. Courses in both the Online MPA and online certificate programs are taught by the same faculty as our top-ranked residential MPA.  

Online MPA

  • 48 credit hours
  • Choose from three focus areas: Public Management, Nonprofit Management, Policy Analysis
  • Experiential component (may be waived with prior professional experience)
  • Optional weeklong residential program on the Bloomington, Ind. campus

Online Certificates

  • 15 credit hours
  • Choose from three options: Nonprofit Management, Public Management, and Public and Nonprofit Evaluation
  • Complete in as little as one year
  • Three required courses
  • Two electives selected from MPA course offerings
  • Apply credits earned toward the Online MPA

What will you gain?

You are one person, but you can improve the world. At the O’Neill School, we dedicate our time and resources to help you do so. We think long-term, giving you the tools to not only be successful in your next position, but to be a leader for life.

As a student in our program, you will acquire a wealth of skills. You will gain knowledge in: 

  • Globalization—the economic, political, social, and ecological dimensions
  • Governance—how various rules and structures are used across sectors
  • Strategic Analysis and Action—the financial, political, and economic environments in the mixed market economy 
  • Organizational Management—the dynamics of an organization and alternative world views
  • Professionalization—your responsibility and service to the public

You get an incredibly rich curriculum with incredibly talented faculty that are going to challenge you as much or more than if you were in an in-person program. There's no drop off in the quality of education just because it's online.

—Ann Schiffman Ruble, Online MPA Student