Top University in Indianapolis for a Public Administration Master's Degree

Indianapolis has a few schools with public administration programs available at the graduate level. Find the best program for you by reading about schools' rankings, program offerings and tuition info.

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The majority of the schools in the Indianapolis area that offer graduate degrees in public administration are public colleges. The following schools are considered the top three based on rankings, program levels offered and number of degrees awarded in public administration:

  • Winner: Indiana University in Bloomington is the top choice because it was highly ranked at a national level for its graduate public affairs program, and was listed as a top public school by high school counselors and U.S. News & World Report.
  • Runner Up #1: Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis secured the first runner up spot because it was named among the top 50 public affairs schools in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • Runner Up #2: Ball State University, a 4-year public school, is the second runner up because of its top public school ranking by U.S. News & World Report.

Category Indiana University - Bloomington Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Ball State University
Rankings (2016)* 1st for Graduate Public Affairs, nationwide,
29th for Top Public Schools, nationwide,
58th for High School Counselor Rankings,
75th for National Universities
41st for Graduate Public Affairs, nationwide,
104th for High School Counselor Rankings, nationwide
91st for Top Public Schools, nationwide,
196th for High School Counselor Rankings,
168th for National Universities
Location Bloomington, IN (45.9 miles from Indianapolis) Indianapolis, IN Muncie, IN (49.5 miles from Indianapolis)
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public 4-year, public
MPA Degrees Awarded (2015)** 216 73 8
Graduate Tuition (2015-2016)** $8,442 (in-state),
$26,812 (out-of-state)
$8,136 (in-state),
$22,985 (out-of-state)
$8,242 (in-state),
$20,356 (out-of-state)
Noteworthy IUB offers an Overseas Education option that allows students to study abroad MPA offers interdisciplinary education with emphasis on professional practice BSU offers a graduate certificate in the field as well

Source: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator

Winner: Indiana University - Bloomington

The Indiana University - Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) awards degrees at the bachelor's, master's, and doctorate levels. Graduate students may pursue a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) either on campus or online. The MPA is accredited by NASPAA. Doctoral students may pursue a PhD in Public Affairs. SPEA maintains a number of research centers, allowing students to gain practical experience in the field.

Runner-Up #1: Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis (IUPUI)

IUPUI offers a Master of Public Affairs degree program that consists of 48 credit hours. The program features specializations in areas such as criminal justice, urban sustainability and more. The program features a part-time option for working students, and a dual-degree option can further expedite learning.

Runner-Up #2: Ball State University

Ball State University features a comprehensive MPA program which allows students to choose from five different concentrations. The school also offers a part-time option that provides evening classes so that working adults can take classes without interrupting their work schedules. BSU also offers a graduate certificate for students who do not wish to commit to the rigors of the master's degree program.

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