The Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington is ranked second for its master's program in public affairs in the just-released U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate School rankings. Three speciality areas at the O'Neill School are ranked No. 1, and overall the programs in Bloomington and Indianapolis have nine specialities in the top 10.
For five years, the O'Neill School has ranked in one of the top two spots of the U.S. News rankings.
"The O'Neill School continues to further cement its reputation as a national and world leader in the study of public affairs and public policy," IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. "The school's consistent top ranking reflects its commitment to educating and inspiring the coming generation of leaders and decision-makers. These are students who will work here in Indiana, across the country and around the world to improve the lives of their communities and to address and find solutions to some of our society's most vexing challenges.
"The high rankings for many of our schools and programs are a credit to our excellent faculty of outstanding ability who are innovators in their fields and whose scholarship, research and reputations are central to IU's standing."
"The O'Neill School is proud to again have two world-class rankings in this year's edition of the Best Graduate Schools," O'Neill Dean Siân Mooney said. "Both the Bloomington and IUPUI locations earned high marks. This external recognition by our peers reflects the tireless commitment of our faculty, staff and students throughout one of the most challenging periods in recent history."
The programs in environmental policy and management, nonprofit management, and public finance and budgeting all ranked No. 1. Public management and leadership ranked second, public policy analysis third, and the nonprofit management program at IUPUI fourth.
Other top programs include local government management, and health policy and management, which each ranked seventh, and social policy, which ranked 10th. Additionally, the urban policy program at IUPUI ranked 22nd.
The U.S. News rankings are based on statistical and reputational data about graduate programs at U.S. colleges and universities collected in fall 2019 and early 2020.
Other programs ranking highly include the Kelley School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the Maurer School of Law and the McKinney School of Law.