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Admission Criteria

Admission to the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) is competitive and is based on academic record. Student must complete admission requirements prior to application.

When making admissions decisions, the SPEA Admissions Committee reviews each application, looking for strong and consistent academic performance. We take into consideration things such as:

  • IU grade trends and patterns
  • cumulative GPA
  • admission course GPA
  • application semester GPA

In consideration for admissions, we will also review your professional statement, which is included on the application.

Students will be considered for admission if they meet all of the following requirements. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission.

Admissions Requirements: (except for Arts Management and Law and Public Policy--see below)

The student should have:

  • completed 26 credit hours and a maximum of 75 credit hours with a minimum 2.300 (C+) cumulative grade point average.
  • completed a core or major course with a C grade or better
Arts Management Admission Requirements:

The student should have:

  • completed 26 credit hours and a maximum of 75 credit hours with a minimum 2.700 (B-) cumulative grade point average.
  • completed (with a grade C or better) the following SPEA introductory course:
    SPEA A163 Art Worlds: Management, Markets, and Policy

Law and Public Policy Admission Requirements:

The student should have:

  • completed 26 credit hours and a maximum of 75 credit hours with a minimum 2.700 (B-) cumulative grade point average.
  • completed (with a grade C or better) the following SPEA introductory course: SPEA V220 Law and Public Affairs

PLEASE NOTE: For all admissions aplications received on May 2, 2014 and forward, students must have completed both the IUB General Education English Composition and Mathematical Modeling requirements with a C- or higher.

The application for admission is available online, and we are happy to answer any questions you may have about the application process or the requirements--contact us at 812-855-0635 or speaugrd@indiana.edu.

For students looking for a beginning SPEA course, consider one of these options:

SPEA-V 160 National and International Policy (3cr) - Meets requirements for Public Affairs and Public Health/Healthcare Management and Policy majors

SPEA-V 161 Urban Problems and Solutions (3cr) - Meets requirements for Public Affairs majors

SPEA-E 162 Environment and People (3cr) - Meets requirements for Public Affairs majors except Environmental Management

SPEA-E 272 Introduction to Environmental Sciences (3cr) - Meets requirements for Public Affairs majors (Environmental Management majors MUST take)

SPEA-H 124 Health Care Management and Policy (3cr) - Meets requirements for Management and Public Health/Healthcare Management and Policy ONLY

SPEA-A 163 Art Worlds: Management, Markets, and Policy (3cr) - Meets requirements for Arts Management ONLY