Accelerated Masters

The Accelerated Masters Program is a competitive program for outstanding SPEA undergraduate students. Students may apply to the Master of Public Affairs (MPA) or the Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Public Safety (MSCJPS) early in their junior year.

Participation in this program allows students to fulfill some graduate program requirements during their senior year. Graduate courses count for both graduate and undergraduate degree requirements. Before starting the graduate program, students must have satisfied all general education and core requirements..


The program admits students from among the top tier of SPEA undergraduate majors. To be considered, a student must:

  • Complete a minimum of 96 credit hours for the accelerated MPA or 102 credits for the accelerated MSCJPS toward their undergraduate degree including specified general education, major, and elective requirements (see appropriate degree planning sheet below)
  • Have a 3.2 undergraduate GPA and a 3.5 SPEA major GPA (does not guarantee admission)
  • Apply online for the MPA or MSCJPS degree programs via the school's master's programs admission process
  • Submit at least three letters of recommendation from faculty members
  • Submit a personal statement.

Send application documents to:

    Nicole Amonette
    BS 3025
    801 West Michigan Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46202

We recommend planning ahead with your academic advisor if you intend to pursue this program. Please contact SPEA Student Services to make an appointment and request to see Debbie Koliba.

List of undergraduate courses that need to completed for the accelerated program:

For more information

Contact Debbie Koliba, Academic Advisor