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How to apply for the MPA program

We welcome your application! 

Applying to SPEA’s MPA program is a three-part process

  1. Take the GRE, GMAT or LSAT
  2. Submit written materials to SPEA
  3. Apply online.

For additional information on SPEA's graduate programs and for questions regarding the application process, please email infospea@iupui.edu or call 317-274-4656 or 877-292-9321.

MPA admissions requirements

Minimum preferred requirements for admission include a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average of B (3.0) or higher and a combined score of 300 or more (verbal and quantitative) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a total score of 500 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Students meeting these requirements are not guaranteed admission. Other admission factors include references, work experience and the personal statement.

SPEA considers results from the GRE, GMAT or LSAT, but the GRE (http://www.ets.org/gre) is the most common among our applicants. Preparing to take the test and getting official test scores can be a lengthy process, so plan accordingly.

You can request a waiver of the GRE/GMAT/LSAT if you have already earned a Master's degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or if you have completed a SPEA graduate certificate with a 3.5 GPA or higher. To discuss options regarding the standardized test requirement, contact Nicole Amonette, 317-278-2077 or namonett@iupui.edu.

Although not required for admission, students applying for the MPA are strongly encouraged to complete MATH-M 110 or higher (algebra), ECON-E 201 (microeconomics) and SPEA-K 300 (statistics).

Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended must be submitted with the completed application forms.

Written information

In addition to official GRE, GMAT or LSAT scores, SPEA requires information about your background:

  • All transcripts for work that was done outside of the Indiana University system
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • 3 letters of recommendation

Send these documents to:

Nicole Amonette
Director of Student Services
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
801 West Michigan Street, BS 3025
Indianapolis, IN 46202

These documents will be kept on file until we receive your online application.

Graduate admissions deadlines

We accept applications year-round. Students can begin their studies in fall, spring or summer. Fall applicants who are pursuing merit-based financial aid should apply by February 1. International applicants must apply by February 1 for the fall and September 15 for the spring. Course registration for the summer and fall semesters begins in early April, and course registration for the spring semester begins in late October.