Master's Program Frequently Asked Questions
Important information about applying to SPEA
Specific questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or the Masters Program Office, 800.765.7755.
- The 2012-2013 incoming MPA class had average GRE verbal scores in the 71st percentile, quantitative in the 59th percentile, and an average analytical score of 3.30/6. The average GPA was 3.59 on a 4.00 scale.
- The 2012-2013 incoming MSES class had average GRE verbal scores in the 66th percentile, quantitative in the 66th percentile, and an average analytical score of 3.00/6. The average GPA was 3.26 on a 4.00 scale.
- The 2012-2013 incoming dual degree (MPA/MSES) class had average GRE verbal scores in the 77th percentile, quantitative in the 67th percentile, and an average analytical score of 3.72/6. The average GPA was 3.48 on a 4.00 scale.
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It is not necessary to enter a Departmental Code. If you enter Indiana University (Institutional Code #1324), we will receive your scores. If you would like to enter a Departmental Code, you may use #94 for the TOEFL and 2204 (MPA) and 0502 (MSES) for the GRE.
Permanent residents and US citizens who completed their undergraduate education outside of the US should fill out the domestic application. You are also required to fill out an additional form to accompany your transcripts. The form can be found here:http://admit.indiana.edu/doc/IUBSupIntlApp1.pdf. Please send your official transcripts and this form directly to SPEA’s Masters Program Office (MPO) at 1315 E. 10th St. Bloomington, IN 47405.
SPEA has recently launched a self-service platform allowing you to check the status of your application materials at any time. AFTER you submit the eApp and pay the application fee, you will recieve an email containing a link to your self-service checklist. Please retain the email and link so that you may access your checklist whenever you wish. Please know that SPEA receives a high volume of application materials daily and it may take up to 5 business days for your checklist to reflect recently received materials. Please feel free to contact the MPO at email@example.com at any time with questions about your application, materials, and checklist.
You only need to submit one personal statement. The personal statement is usually two pages in length (~500 words) and should be uploaded to the online application. There are no word or character number requirements or limitations. Please consider responding to the following prompt: Describe your most important accomplishments and how they prepared you for graduate study at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Outline carefully your current goals and professional plans. Explain your reasons for selecting the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Official transcripts from every institution you have attended are required. You should not upload your transcripts or degree certificates to the eApp. International students should send their transcripts directly to the Office of International Services while domestic applicants may send their transcripts directly to SPEA. Both addresses can be found on the Application Checklist page.
SPEA is happy to accept electronic transcripts. Please note that the transcript must be official and come directly from the University or appropriate transcript service. Please be sure that your transcript is being sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, not the general Indiana University admissions office.
When you apply for admission to SPEA, there is no separate merit aid application process. To be considered for SPEA merit based aid, you only need to check the appropriate box under the Financial Aid section in the Departmental Questions and submit your complete application by the priority deadline of February 1st. SPEA financial aid decisions are made separately from admission decisions. Therefore, admission letters are NOT accompanied by award offers. Once the priority deadline (February 1) has passed, we begin our award process. We strive to notify each recipient of his or her selection for an award in mid-March to early April.
SPEA allocates merit-based aid from our departmental budgets. Merit aid allocations are determined by ranking applicants within the applicant pool based on criteria that include: transcript substance, undergraduate GPA, GRE scores, work and/or other experiences. Need-based aid is processed by a separate office at Indiana University: the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA). You may contact OSFA with questions regarding the need-based aid allocation process and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application process. Additionally, a timeline of what to expect after you file a FAFSA is available online.