Executive Master of Public Affairs

Earn an Executive MPA from the O'Neill School at Indiana University

The Executive Master of Public Affairs (EMPA) is a 39 credit hour professional course of study that builds on the 18 hours earned in the Executive Public Management Certificate program and provides the knowledge, networking, and interdisciplinary experience necessary to operate and manage public agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Offered with a management concentration, the Executive MPA challenges students to explore critical social, political, legal, global, and administrative problems in public affairs.

Earn knowledge and skills in:

  • Strategic management in the public sector
  • Recognizing and addressing ethical issues
  • Law and its influence on the public sector
  • Identifying various policy models and issues surrounding their application
  • Applying statistical analysis to decision making
  • Analyzing executive leadership in public organizations

EMPA 2023 cohorts

96%Graduated after 5 semesters

100%Are employed in the government sector

More than two dozen employees of the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center were part of the latest cohorts to earn their Executive Master of Public Affairs degrees in 2023. Crane has partnered with Executive Education to offer the EMPA to its employees for the last 30+ years. Read more about this unique partnership on the O'Neill blog.

Get started

To pursue the Executive MPA, or to customize the program for your organization or employee, contact Sara Johnson at 317-274-3418 or smj3@iu.edu.

Or, request information about other IU Executive Education programs.