Office of Admissions

SPEA’s professional, interdisciplinary programs connect areas of study, tapping into the strengths of expert faculty in each discipline and offering varied perspectives representative of our interconnected world. Whether you pursue a degree in public affairs, arts administration, environmental science—or a combination through our dual degrees—you’ll graduate ready for a leadership position that spans the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. And, you'll gain career experience while in school.

Degrees Offered

Master of Arts in Arts Administration (MAAA)
Master of Environmental Sustainability (MES)
Master of Public Affairs (MPA) – Online Options Available
Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES)
Master of Science in Healthcare Management (MSHM)
Over 20 Dual Degree Options
Five Graduate Certificates

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Conflict Resolution / Negotiation
Energy Policy
Environmental Policy
Government (Public) Administration
Healthcare Policy / Management
Housing / Economic Development
Information & Technology Policy / Management
International Development
Nonprofit Management
Organizational Theory / Management
Public Finance / Budgeting

Area Studies

Eastern Europe / Russia
Latin America

Graduate Program Overview

U.S. News & World Report's (USNWR) most recent rankings designated SPEA’s Master of Public Affairs (MPA) as the best in the nation. SPEA offers a unique multidisciplinary curriculum with 12 concentration options that broadens students’ understanding of economic, political, legal and social issues integral to public service, the nonprofit sector, and the corporate world.

Additionally, our Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES) degree is reputably one of the top environmental science programs in the country, as designated by the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD). SPEA’s distinctive dual MPA-MSES program provides a full integration of science and policy.

SPEA’s Master of Arts in Arts Administration (MAAA) is well-regarded across the nation for transforming students' arts skills into successful administrative careers. Our graduates obtain jobs with some of the best arts organizations across the world, such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Smithsonian Institute, and the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra. Many students pursue a dual Master of Arts in Arts Administration-Master of Public Affairs (MAAA-MPA). This unique program provides students the opportunity to obtain two highly-regarded master’s degrees in two-and-a-half years.

SPEA also offers two one-year master’s degrees in both environmental sustainability and healthcare management. The Master of Environmental Sustainability (MES) can be completed in 12 months, quickly preparing you for a career dedicated to transforming sound environmental science and policy into actionable solutions that promote sustainability practices in all sectors.

The Master of Science in Healthcare Management (MSHM) is also a one-year degree program and is jointly offered by Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. This 36 credit hour degree program prepares you to meet the growing demand for healthcare managers, consultants, healthcare law specialists, medical device managers, and other positions leading the healthcare industry.

Admissions Deadline

Priority Deadline (for merit-aid consideration): February 1
MES/MSHM Final Deadline: March 1
All other programs Final Deadline: May 1

Admissions Overview

How to Apply
Complete and submit the following materials:
• Online Indiana University Graduate Application (eApp) – go.iu.edu/speaapp

• Application fee – The eApp requires payment by credit card upon submission: $60 for domestic applicants or $65 for international applicants.

• Official transcript(s) – A Transcript from each college attended is required, regardless of degree conferral, including transfer credits. If you attended Indiana University, you need not submit a transcript; we can obtain it from the Registrar.

Please have transcripts sent electronically to speaapps@indiana.edu or in hard copy to the following address: SPEA Masters Program Office 1315 E. Tenth St., Suite A304 Bloomington, IN 47405

• Three letters of recommendation – We recommend these letters come from faculty members when possible. On the eApp, you will be asked to provide contact information for three recommenders. After you submit your application and pay the application fee, an email will be sent to your recommenders prompting them to upload their recommendation letters. Alternatively, your recommenders may submit recommendations as a PDF attachment via email to speaapps@indiana.edu with the name of the applicant in the subject line.

• TOEFL or IELTS scores (for international students) – our institution code is 1324.

• Departmental questions – Please complete the online form at go.iu.edu/speadq.

• Personal statement – Your personal statement should be uploaded to the eApp. Alternatively, your personal statement may be emailed to speaapps@indiana.edu, as a PDF attachment with the subject line: Application Personal Statement. Please respond to the following prompt: Describe what leading for the greater good means to you. Describe your passion and how a SPEA degree will help you make your passion actionable.

• Résumé or CV – Your résumé or CV should be uploaded to the eApp. Alternatively, your résumé may be emailed to speaapps@indiana.edu, as a PDF attachment, with the subject line: Application Résumé.

All supplemental paper materials for domestic applicants should be sent to the SPEA Masters Program Office (MPO) at 1315 E. Tenth Street, Suite A304, Bloomington, IN 47405. Additional electronic files can be sent to speaapps@indiana.edu.

The GRE is no longer required for admission to any of SPEA's master's programs. It may still be submitted as supplementary materials - but is not a part of the core review process.

Contact Information

Indiana University - Bloomington, Masters Program Office (MPO), SPEA 260, 1315 E. 10th Street
Bloomington, IN

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