There are four schools that offer public administration programs in Indiana and are accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) heading into the 2019-20 academic year.
Indiana University offers a Master of Public Affairs in multiple areas, as well as a combination effort with Purdue University in downtown Indianapolis.
Online MPA Programs in Indiana
One of the biggest universities in Indiana also features convenient options to complete a certification or a Master's degree fully online, depending on availability. The online portion, formerly SPEA Connect, it has been rebranded as O'Neill Online.
Consider Featured Online MPA Programs
The O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs' O'Neill Online program offers graduation certificates and fully online curriculum to obtain a Master of Public Affairs degree. The 48-credit hour program is similar to the on-campus curriculum, divided up into core courses, electives, and an internship, which can be waived with applicable professional experience (up to 12 credits can be earned). Other ways the experience component can be satisfied is to complete an advanced research project. There is no capstone project that culminates the online program.
Core courses include familiar topics such as finance and decision making through statistical analysis. Students must choose at least six elective courses and will need to determine at least one area of focus: Public Management, Nonprofit Management, Policy Analysis, or Public Budgeting and Financial Management. Another option for an elective is a week-long residency held at the Bloomington campus every August. The full degree can be completed between two to five years, but the school does offer various certificates that can generally be obtained online.
Indiana University-Bloomington and IUPUI-Indianapolis
The O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), through Indiana University’s Bloomington location and Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, is a 48-credit hour program that can be completed in as little as two years for full-time students. Along with core courses and an experimental requirement (an internship or research project), students can select a concentration of their choice, opt to do research for a thesis, or select one of the school’s many specialization areas:
- Community and Economic Development
- Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management
- Health Policy
- Information Systems
- International Development
- Local Government Management
- Nonprofit Management
- Policy Analysis
- Public Financial Administration
- Public Management
- Sustainability and Sustainable Development
Those looking for more advanced options can look into dual degrees that go with an MPA, such as a Master of Science in Environmental Science or the Master of Arts in Arts Administration. These special programs have exceptional ratio of faculty members to students to provide more intimate studying. Both options can add just one additional semester for a more tailor-made degree. The SPEA-MAAA job placement rate is at 94 percent.
Indiana University-South Bend
An alternative MPA through IU is at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in South Bend. The goal is to create an affordable and convenient curriculum that features many night and hybrid classes (both online and on campus). There are 39 total credit hours needed to complete the program, and up to 12 of those are dedicated to an area of concentration in Government Administration and Policy, Nonprofit Administration, and Health System Administration. Each concentration offers a professional certificate that can be earned in 15 credit hours.
Over 60 percent of part-time students are able to complete the curriculum in just three years, but it can be completed in as little as two. Up to 6 credit hours can be earned from professional work experience or through an internship. In four of the last five years, 95 percent or more of graduates have found employment or continued their education within six months (83 percent in 2016). Most graduates have found their way into the private sector (55 percent).