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#2021APPAM Spotlight: Indiana University O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs


The #2021APPAM Fall Research Conference will feature some fantastic sponsors from across the policy research spectrum. Today we're shining a spotlight on Indiana University O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.


What types of programs does your school offer?

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs
  • Bachelor of Science in Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management and Policy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Sustainability Studies
  • Master of Public Affairs (offered both in-residence and online)
  • Master of Science in Environmental Science
  • Master of Public Affairs and Master of Science in Environmental Science Dual Degree
  • Master of Environmental Sustainability
  • Master of Science in Healthcare Management
  • Master of International Affairs
  • Master of Arts in Arts Administration
  • Master of Arts in Arts Administration and Master of Public Affairs Dual Degree
  • Ph.D. in Public Affairs
  • Ph.D. in Environmental Science
  • Joint Ph.D. in Public Policy


What would you list as your school's greatest accomplishments in the last 5-10 years?

The O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs takes enormous pride in its emergence as one of the nation’s premier schools of public affairs and environmental studies in the country. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks the school’s Master of Public Affairs program as one of the best in the nation. The school ranked second in the 2022 Best Graduate Public Affairs program, with three concentrations—Environmental Policy and Management, Nonprofit Management, and Public Finance—ranked number one. Beyond U.S. News, the school has earned accolades from the Academic Ranking of World Universities, coming in as the top public administration program in North America, and sixth-best in the world.

In 2019, the school received a transformative $30 million gift from Indiana University alumnus and former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Paul H. O’Neill. The gift will establish the Paul H. O'Neill Center on Leadership in Public Service, a dean's initiatives fund, three faculty chair positions, five professorships, a fellowship program for master's, doctoral and postdoctoral students, and a scholarship program, which will continue in perpetuity.

The school is also incredibly proud of two new degree programs—the Master of Science in Healthcare Management, a joint-degree program with IU’s renowned Kelley School of Business; and the Master of International Affairs, a joint-degree program with IU’s new Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies.


Why should potential students choose your school or program?

The depth and breadth of programs available through the O’Neill School make it an appealing destination for students at every level. Whether pursuing their undergraduate, master’s, or doctoral degrees, students find the O’Neill School rigorous and challenging, but ultimately rewarding. Our alumni go on to successful careers in nearly every field imaginable, from arts administration and government service to nonprofit management and teaching and research roles at some of the nation’s leading institutions of higher education. A degree from the O’Neill School is incredibly versatile, and with more than 36,000 alumni across the globe, graduates know they’ll have a built-in network of support wherever they go. Undergraduates, in particular, will find a rich and rewarding experience in leadership development through our new NextGen Leadership Program with the Volcker Alliance.


Is there any other information you'd like us to include in your Spotlight?

We invite anyone to learn more about the diverse opportunities available through the O’Neill School at our website,


What is an interesting, unique, or fun fact about your school?

The O’Neill School was the first school to combine public management, policy, and administration with the environmental sciences. Founded in 1972, the school will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.

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