M.P.A. in Public Affairs

Add an M.P.A. in public affairs to your M.L.S. or M.I.S.

The Master of Public Affairs (M.P.A.) is offered through IU’s O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). At a high level, it prepares you to use information to develop solutions to complex problems. You’ll choose at least one specialized area of concentration. Concentrations include:

  • Economic development
  • Energy
  • 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

Learn more about the advantages of pairing the M.P.A. with a Master of Library Science (M.L.S.) or Master of Information Science (M.I.S.) degree.

M.I.S. pairing

The pairing of these degrees will prepare you to use information for the public good in a variety of settings, including nonprofits, governments, libraries, archives, and businesses.

M.L.S. pairing

With this pairing, you’ll train to find, organize, and share information in meaningful ways while becoming an expert in using information to address societal issues.

Estimate your tuition and fees

IU’s tuition and fees tool allows you to forecast the cost of credit hours and mandatory fees for your ILS graduate education.

To be considered full time, you must enroll in at least nine credit hours. Anything less is considered part time, which is an option for all students. You can also choose to enroll in more than nine credits if it better suits your goals.

Credit hour fees are different in every school. To get the best estimate of how much your tuition will cost each semester, search tuition rates for both of your dual-degree programs.

Use the tuition and fees tool

Ways to fund your education

If financial concerns are holding you back from applying to this program, we encourage you to explore the various funding opportunities available to ILS students!