PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

Indiana University - Bloomington

School of Public and
Environmental Affairs (SPEA)


Society's most complex, interconnected challenges are the mainstay of the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). Founded in 1972 on the premise that the world's most pressing challenges require comprehensive and integrated responses, SPEA is known for its distinctive interdisciplinary approach that unites the social, natural, behavioral, and administrative sciences, all within a single School. Our degree programs are designed to prepare leaders to facethese challenges.

Degrees Offered

MPA - Master of Public Affairs;
MSES - Master of Science in Environmental Science
Dual degrees offered:
MPA/MA in African-American and African Diaspora Studies;
MPA /MA in Central Eurasian Studies;
MPA/MA in East Asian Studies;
MPA/MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies;
MPA/MA in Russian and East European Institute;
MPA/MA in Western European Studies;
MPA/MIS (Master of Science in Information Science);
Ph.D in Public Policy; Ph.D in Public Affairs

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Economic Development,
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

Area Studies

Graduate Program Overview

The School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University has long been regarded as one of the top public affairs and environmental science programs in the country. SPEA is the largest school of its kind; the school's trademark is its multidisciplinary approach which spans the social sciences as well as the physical and natural sciences and even extends to the arts and humanities. SPEA's faculty is learned and acclaimed in a broad range of academic fields. The faculty is comprised of lawyers, ecologists, political scientists, chemists, economists, scholars of philanthropy, and information systems experts who work alongside each other and in collaboration with their students in classrooms, laboratories, and research centers. SPEA's faculty transforms students into leaders who are fearless about solving the significant problems that beset communities at home and abroad.

SPEA's Master of Public Affairs (MPA) is its flagship program. This two-year program offers an applied focus that teaches students to address society's complex economic, political, legal, and social issues that encompass public service. The 2013 U.S. News & World Report ranks SPEA's MPA program number two in the nation and identified the program's concentrations in environmental policy and natural resource management and nonprofit management are the best in the country. The ranking also listed SPEA's public financial management and public management concentrations in the top three.

SPEA's Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES) was one of the first of its kind to be developed. It is considered to be one of the top 100 environmental science programs in the country by the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD). The MSES bridges the applied disciplines of chemistry, civil engineering, biology, and geology. With flexible degree requirements, it is easily adapted to a candidate's academic background and career objectives. The MSES is also part of a unique dual degree option within the School, which combines the MSES with the MPA (MPA-MSES) and prepares students with the training they need to address the complex relationship among people, businesses, governments, and ecosystems.

The School of Public and Environmental Affairs is acclaimed for quality academic programs, clearly defined core competencies, a wide array of concentrations and joint degrees. SPEA authoritatively champions the simple but revolutionary idea embedded in our goal: Smart Policy. Sound Science. Stronger Communities.

Admissions Deadline

Priority Deadline (For merit-based aid consideration): February 1;
Application Deadline: May 1;
International Deadline: December 1

Admissions Overview

Applications must include eApplication form, SPEA Departmental Questions, official transcripts, GRE General Test scores, resume, personal statement, and three letters of recommendation. School visits are encouraged. Applicants can also access the School's website at www.spea.indiana.edu.

Contact Information

Indiana University - Bloomington
Masters Program Office (MPO)
SPEA 260
1315 E. 10th Street
Bloomington, Indiana
812-855-2840 / 800-765-7755

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