Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA)
Type Public
Established 1972
Dean John Graham
Academic staff
Students 2,400
Location Bloomington and Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

The Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) is one of the undergraduate and graduate schools of Indiana University, and is the largest public policy and environmental studies school of its kind in the United States. Founded in 1972, it was the first school to combine public management, policy, and administration with the environmental sciences. SPEA was founded on the IU Bloomington campus, and today also has a campus at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). It is the best ranked school of public affairs in the United States.[1]


SPEA at Indiana University

SPEA is the only institution in its league with an interdisciplinary character where students can combine science and public affairs. The School counts on more than 100 full-time faculty members and 2000 students. Indiana University's other highly ranked schools and programs complement SPEA's offerings; the school has 15 joint programs in social and natural sciences and professional fields. For example, in conjunction with the Department of Political Science, SPEA offers a Joint Ph.D. Program in Public Policy, the only one of its kind in the country. As another example, students interested in environmental studies can focus on the science or the public policy aspect under the same roof.


In the 2016 "Best Graduate Schools" survey by U.S. News & World Report, SPEA Bloomington ranked tied for first in the U.S. among MPA programs.[2] In terms of specialties, SPEA was ranked as follows:[3]

The School was also ranked top 15 in Health Policy & Management, City Management & Urban Policy, and Social Policy.[4] SPEA Bloomington is also a founding member of the Council of Environmental Science Deans and Directors.

At the doctoral level, both the PhD in Public Affairs and the PhD in Public Policy have been top-ranked by the US National Research Council.[5]

Student life

SPEA Bloomington supports the Civic Leaders Center, a residential facility for freshmen from across the Indiana University campus who are interested in politics, economics, public affairs and the environment. It is located at the Briscoe Residence Center.

Students have taken the initiative to organize several clubs such as the Nonprofit Management Association, the Environmental Management Association, Students Taking Active Roles Today (START), the International Public Affairs Association, Latin American Policy Association, and the Diversity Project, among others.

At IUPUI, SPEA advises and supports the Justice and Pre-Law Community for freshmen living in The Tower who are interested in social justice. SPEA IUPUI students also created and implement publicINreview, and online journal focusing on regional issues in public affairs. Select criminal justice students also serve as cadets on the campus police force.

In addition, the Graduate Student Association works closely between students, faculty and staff, to coordinate communication among them and offer opportunities for leadership and involvement to the school's masters students. Elected officers attend regular meetings with faculty and staff to discuss programs, policies and other aspects of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs experience. Active members attend committee meetings and coordinate projects, trips, activities and parties. Every person in the professional masters programs at SPEA-IUB is a member of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs Graduate Student Association (GSA).

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