Environmental Policy and Sustainability

Earn an MPA with an environmental policy and sustainability concentration

The Environmental Policy and Sustainability concentration is an 18-credit-hour course of study within the Master of Public Affairs that prepares students with the ideas and technical skills needed to address the challenges and opportunities found in handling environmental and sustainability issues in cities, nonprofits, and corporations.

This Environmental Policy and Sustainability concentration leverages the expertise of SPEA IUPUI’s faculty and has an above average expected job growth average (11 percent) in the environmental fields between 2014 and 2024. Those projections are based on the heightened interest of the public in hazards caused by the environment and population growth.

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Environmental issues in current events

An oil rig in the ocean

Over the past decades, events such as the Flint water crisis or the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have brought environmental protection to the center of attention.

Environmental issues span jurisdictional boundaries. The list of issues is long and includes matters such as air and water protection at or near industrial sites, mercury and lead exposure, environmental justice, urban green space, and climate change.

Degree requirements

The core requirements of the MPA prepare you to enter or continue work in public service, no matter your area of focus. Each student must also complete the requirements of at least one concentration, and an experiential requirement (or mid-career option credit) that ensures each graduate of the MPA program has gained insight and experience outside the classroom. 

Social dreamers. Tangible skill sets.