Accelerated Master's Program

Earn your undergraduate and graduate degree in five years

Earn a prestigious Master of Public Affairs (MPA), Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES), or dual MPA-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 undergraduate 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),  the Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES), or the MPA-MSES through the O’Neill Master’s Programs Office by March 1. 

Full application checklist

Apply online. A $70 application fee must be submitted before the application will be processed.

On the application, you will be asked to answer some general questions about your interest in the program, and respond to two essay questions. 

Two letters of recommendation are required, preferably from O’Neill faculty members. Applicants will designate two faculty members on the online application by providing the recommenders' contact information. Letters will be submitted directly by the recommender.

O’Neill Honors students only need to request one letter of recommendation from an O’Neill faculty member. 

As the online application will require the contact information for three recommendation letter writers, O'Neill Honors students will also need to designate the following individuals in the remaining two recommender fields on the online application:

  • Professor Amanda Rutherford, Director, Undergraduate Honors Program -
  • Matt Gillam, Associate Director of Graduate Student Recruitment -

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


You will submit an up-to-date resume, which should include all of your undergraduate engagement, work experiences, and intended graduation year.

Need help with your resume? Reach out to the O'Neill Career Hub for assistance! 


O’Neill’s admissions staff will look up your Indiana University transcripts on your behalf. If you have attended any other university, please submit unofficial 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.


Financial Aid

Accelerated Master’s Program candidates will remain eligible for undergraduate funds until the completion of their bachelor’s degree. Graduate fellowships and other funding award opportunities may be available after graduating from the undergraduate program.


More Information

Master’s Programs Office 
O’Neill Suite A304 
(812) 855-2840 
Undergraduate Programs Office
O’Neill Room 240
(812) 855-0635