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O’Neill School ranked nation’s best public affairs graduate program in latest U.S. News rankings

17 IU graduate programs and specialty areas ranked in top 10 nationally; 37 among top 25

For Immediate Release Apr 25, 2023

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Seventeen Indiana University graduate programs and specialty areas are ranked among the nation’s top 10, with 37 ranked in the top 25, according to the 2023-24 U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate School rankings released today. For the sixth time in seven years, the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 public affairs graduate program, this year tied with Syracuse University.

O'Neill School at IU Bloomington The O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs IU Bloomington earned a No. 1 ranking among public affairs graduate programs. Photo by James Brosher, Indiana University.“These national rankings recognize IU’s academic excellence in a broad range of key disciplines and programs across our campuses in Bloomington and Indianapolis,” IU President Pamela Whitten said. “From public affairs to business, education and more, faculty across IU have developed nationally recognized degree programs, demonstrated extensive thought leadership, and excelled as researchers pursuing discovery and innovation. They are uniquely preparing our students for success, while creating impact across Indiana and beyond.

“In a moment that calls for graduates who are prepared to address society’s most complex and pressing problems, Hoosiers should be exceptionally proud of the continued leadership and recognition of the O’Neill School.”

In addition to being tied as the nation’s overall No. 1 graduate school program in public affairs, the O’Neill School’s Bloomington campus received No. 1 rankings in the specialty areas of environmental policy and management, nonprofit management, public finance and budgeting, and public management and leadership. Between the O’Neill School’s two locations — Bloomington and Indianapolis — it holds a total of 10 program or specialty rankings in the top 10, including No. 2 in nonprofit management at O’Neill Indianapolis.

“The O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs is delighted to have maintained our number one overall ranking in Bloomington and received our highest ranking in two decades for the program in Indianapolis,” said Siân Mooney, dean of the O’Neill School. “It is a testament to the groundbreaking work and drive of our world-class faculty, staff, students and alumni. Our focus on excellence, making the world a better place and preparing students who become leaders across the globe is what truly sets us apart.”

With nearly 400 graduate and professional degree programs and certificates available between the university’s Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses, other highly ranked programs and specialty areas include business, education, analytical chemistry (seventh) and computer science programming language (23rd).

The Kelley School of Business part-time MBA program ranks 15th overall and the full-time MBA program ranks 22nd overall and seventh among public universities, with three specialty areas in the top 10: accounting, entrepreneurship and information systems. Eight other specialties are within the top 25.

The IU School of Education in Bloomington also scored in the top 25 in seven of nine specialty areas ranked by U.S. News, with three maintaining a top 10 ranking: elementary education, higher education administration and student counseling/personnel services. The school holds the 36th spot overall.

In total, nearly 50 Indiana University programs and specialty areas placed in the top 50 of this year’s U.S. News Best Graduate School rankings. The rankings are based on statistical and reputational data about graduate programs at U.S. colleges and universities and are available on U.S. News and World Report’s website. Rankings for law and medical schools will be released at a later date, according to U.S. News and World Report.

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