The School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) was founded in 1972 in response to the needs and problems of modern society—needs that were not being effectively addressed by other more traditional schools such as business, arts and sciences, or political science. With degrees offered at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels, the School’s curriculum addresses a broad range of contemporary issues, such as developing sustainable energy and environmental policy, maintaining the viability of our cities, keeping the arts vibrant, and managing nonprofits effectively.
The master's program at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) is one of the top-ranked schools in the nation, according to the most recent US News and World Report. The programs in environmental policy and nonprofit management are rated number one, and the public finance and budgeting program was ranked as third in the nation.
An assessment by the National Research Council also confirms that SPEA offers doctoral programs that are among the very best in the nation in public affairs and public policy.
With an innovative curriculum, top professors doing outstanding research, vast alumni network, and great job opportunities in this market, SPEA is attracting the best students from around the world.