Accelerated Master's Program

Earn your undergraduate and graduate degree in five years

Earn a prestigious Master of Public Affairs (MPA) or Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES) degree from the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs' top-ranked programs in just five years through our Accelerated Master's Program. You'll earn two degrees in less time than it would take to earn each separately. Depending on eligibility, some graduate courses may count for both graduate and undergraduate degree requirements.

Get prepared

Our Accelerated Master's Program is a highly competitive opportunity for outstanding O'Neill students. If you are interested in the program, you'll need to meet early and regularly with an Undergraduate Academic Advisor to ensure proper planning and eligibility. Interested students must submit a statement of academic intent at least one year prior to their intended AMP start and be on track to complete a minimum of 96 credit hours including major courses as specified by an O'Neill Undergraduate Academic Advisor.

All Accelerated Master’s Program candidates must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA (BSES students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA) and be on track to complete all minors, certificates, general education, internship, and O'Neill honors thesis requirements, if applicable, prior to starting the Accelerated Master’s Program.

How to Apply

Apply for the Master of Public Affairs (MPA) or the Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES) through the O'Neill Master's Programs Office by February 1. A full application checklist is below.

Apply online. A $60 (domestic) $65 (international) application fee must be submitted before the application will be processed.

Fill out the Departmental Questions form. Under Section II, Educational Objectives, please indicate that you are applying for the Accelerated Program.

Three letters of recommendation are required, preferably from O'Neill faculty members. O'Neill Honors students only need to submit one letter of recommendation from a O'Neill faculty member.

Discuss what leading for the greater good means to you. Describe your passion, and how a O'Neill degree will help you to make your passion actionable.

Your resume may be submitted via the eApplication form or emailed to

O'Neill’s Admissions staff will look up your Indiana University transcripts on your behalf. If you have attended any other university, please submit official copies of these transcripts.

All Accelerated applicants will have a personal interview with a staff member in the O'Neill Master’s Programs Office. You will be contacted to schedule an interview after your application has been received and processed.