International students


The Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) welcomes students from all over the world who want to make a difference. At SPEA, international students prepare for careers in business, government and nonprofit organizations by studying public affairs, public safety and criminal justice. SPEA is located in Indianapolis, Indiana on the campus of IUPUI—that is Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, two great universities on one campus.

Do you want to make your homeland a safe place to live? SPEA at IUPUI offers a Masters in Criminal Justice and Public Safety as well as undergraduate majors in Criminal Justice and Public Safety Management.

Do you want to help your country’s nonprofit and non-governmental organizations grow and thrive? SPEA at IUPUI offers a nationally ranked graduate program in Nonprofit Management as well as undergraduate degrees in Civic Leadership, Management, and Policy Studies.

Do you want to create policies that address environmental problems in your country? SPEA at IUPUI offers a graduate concentration in Urban Sustainability and an undergraduate degree in Sustainable Management and Policy.

Do you want to achieve the goals of public, private and nonprofit organizations by shaping your country’s public interests? SPEA at IUPUI offers a Master of Public Affairs as well as an undergraduate degree in Media and Public Affairs.

To learn how to work in government, nonprofit and business roles to make positive changes in your community, your country, and the world, consider studying with SPEA in Indianapolis.

About Indianapolis

Located in the vibrant city of Indianapolis, IUPUI is Indiana’s premier urban research university. The campus is just a 10-minute walk to downtown shopping, restaurants, museums and parks—as well as bustling city, state and federal government centers and hundreds of corporations and nonprofit organizations. Students gain a competitive advantage through hands-on learning with internships, mentors and active learning opportunities.

About SPEA’s renowned faculty

SPEA's faculty members are recognized for their credentials, experience, involvement and impact worldwide. Our SPEA professors bring with them experience and knowledge from longstanding careers in national security, law, criminal justice, law enforcement, government, policy-making and much more!

More information about IUPUI and international students

For more information on IUPUI academic programs for 2014-15, check out the Guide to Academic Programs for International Students (PDF).

Admission requirements for SPEA IUPUI


The following are required for international students interested in pursuing their graduate degree at SPEA at IUPUI:

  • Transcripts
  • GRE scores, which must be at least 300 or higher or GMAT scores, which must be 500 or higher
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A 3.0 GPA or higher

Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. We also look at work experience, letters of recommendation and the quality of writing in your personal statement. Applicants are required to provide TOEFL scores or the equivalent of English as a second language. Also, your undergraduate degree must be equivalent to a four-year U.S. baccalaureate degree.


More information about the undergraduate admissions process is available on IUPUI's Office of International Affairs website.

Language requirements

All international applicants to IUPUI whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English as a second language. Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited university in the U.S. or an officially recognized university in a country where English is the predominant native language will be deemed proficient.

All others must perform satisfactorily on a standardized test of English as a second language proficiency that measures students' preparedness for academic study. At this time, the acceptable examinations and minimum scores for IUPUI are as follows:

  • TOEFL paper-based test: minimum score 580
  • TOEFL computer-based test: minimum score 237
  • TOEFL internet-based test: minimum 92
  • IELTS: minimum score 6.5
  • IUPUI ESL Placement Exam administered by the ESL Program: minimum placement = no course below GO11 for any student who will enroll on an F-1 or J-1 visa.
  • Other objective tests of ESL proficiency and minimum scores as agreed upon by the English as a Second Language Program and the Office of International Affairs.

Upon arrival, all graduate and professional students admitted to IUPUI must take the ESL Placement Exam administered by the ESL Program before enrolling in the first semester of courses. Students must take the ESL courses in which they have been placed beginning in the first or second semester of enrollments at IUPUI.

Contact us!

For more information about attending SPEA, email or call 317-274-4656.

How to apply

Apply online at the IUPUI Office International Affairs or through the SPEA website.