Division of Public and Environmental Affairs
Geralyn M. Miller, Graduate Program Director
260-481-6351 ~ www.ipfw.edu/spea ~ Neff Hall 260
The Division of Public and Environmental Affairs (DPEA) is a multidisciplinary division of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). Organized as a professional school, DPEA is dedicated to applied, interdisciplinary learning in the study of public affairs and is committed to teaching, research, and service. The interests of the faculty and professional staff typically fall into one or more of the following areas: policy and administration; finance and economics; urban affairs; environmental science and policy; criminal justice, law, and public safety; and health science administration and policy. The division’s faculty, staff, and students work individually and jointly to solve problems that require DPEA’s unique combination of in-depth knowledge in the natural, behavioral, social, and administrative sciences.
The DPEA faculty at IPFW come from a variety of backgrounds, including criminal justice, political science, business, economics, health, public policy, and sociology. In addition, DPEA is able to call upon experienced government managers, healthcare administrators, law enforcement officials, practicing attorneys, and judges to teach specialized topics from its curriculum. The organizational design of the division reinforces a wide network of continuing relations with a large number of public agencies at all levels of government.
Admission to DPEA Graduate Programs
Regular admission to the M.P.A. or the M.P.M. program requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better. Any major is acceptable. Applications to either program must include official transcripts of all college and university work, references from three people familiar with your academic or professional abilities or potential, scores on the Graduate Record Examination general test or the Graduate Management Admission Test, and a nonrefundable university application fee.
Provisional admission may be granted if you are nearing completion of an undergraduate degree or if you fail to meet some criteria for regular admission.
Nondegree admission may be granted to visiting students who wish to take classes for one semester without being formally admitted to the M.P.A. or M.P.M. program.
Accelerated Master’s Program
Undergraduate DPEA students with a GPA of 3.5 or above may apply for admission to the AMP program as early as their junior year. If admitted, they are eligible to apply up to 24 approved graduate credits to the M.P.A. or up to 18 approved graduate credits to the M.P.M. that have been earned toward the undergraduate degree during their senior year.
You must have satisfied all general education and core requirements prior to starting the program. You must have completed a minimum of 96 credit hours toward the bachelor’s degree prior to starting the program.