We solve complex problems (like air).

The School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI prepares students to address the issues of modern society in ways that more traditional schools overlook.

Founded in 1972, SPEA was the first school to combine public management, policy, and administration with the environmental sciences. It remains the largest public policy and environmental studies school of its kind in the United States, with programs on both the IUPUI and IU Bloomington campuses.

Rankings and statistics

#52MPA ranking out of 282 schools

#7MPA in Nonprofit Management

#37MPA in Public Management and Leadership

Downtown Indianapolis buildings

SPEA in Indianapolis

SPEA IUPUI is based in our nation’s 15th largest city, Indianapolis—our state’s capital. SPEA students are engaged with the Indianapolis community, and they take advantage of the proximity to city, state, and federal government centers as well as hundreds of corporations and nonprofit organizations.

More than 30,000 students in 21 schools live, work, study, and play on IUPUI’s campus. It is here that SPEA students build a network and a career from day one.

SPEA locations

A message from the dean

John D. Graham, Dean of SPEA IUPUI

At SPEA, you’ll learn from the sharpest minds in criminal justice, public administration, urban affairs, environmental policy, economics, sociology, nonprofit management, public policy, and law. You can then apply your degree to solving some of the most challenging issues in the world today. We are eager to help you get started.

John D. Graham, Dean of SPEA IUPUI

Careers at SPEA IUPUI

Our faculty and staff have a heart and passion for public and environmental affairs. We look for people who want to change the world through better policies, safer communities, and more abundant natural resources.

Social dreamers. Tangible skill sets.