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School of Public and
Environmental Affairs
2005-2007 Graduate
Academic Bulletin

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School of Public and
Environmental Affairs
Indiana University
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Indianapolis Campus Graduate Degree Programs

Master of Public Affairs (M.P.A.)
Master of Public Affairs Joint Degree Programs
Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.)
Master of Health Administration Joint Degree Programs
Doctoral Minor in SPEA
Certificate Programs

Master of Public Affairs (M.P.A.)

General Information
Degree Requirements
Core Requirements
Concentration Requirements
Experiential Requirements
Mid-Career Credit Option
General Elective Courses
Fields of Concentration

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General Information

The Master of Public Affairs program is an interdisciplinary, professional program that prepares students for positions in local, state, or federal government, quasi-governmental service, or the nonprofit (including philanthropic) arena. It broadens students' comprehension of the economic, environmental, political, and social context in which the public servant works. The course of study requires completion of (1) the M.P.A. core, (2) the concentration requirement, (3) the experiential component requirement, and (4) sufficient electives and/or mid-career option credit to total 48 credit hours with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

The curriculum of this program as contained in the core requirements encompasses preparation in a broad range of skills relevant to the operation of public agencies. It is based on the academic disciplines but not limited to any one. It is also problem-oriented, bringing the disciplines to bear on critical social, environmental, economic, and administrative issues.

Although the environment of public service is diverse and changing, effectiveness in that environment requires the development of special skills attained through detailed study in a chosen field of concentration. The fields of concentration span the variety of professional specialties found in public service. Thus, the program provides expertise in the core requirements and a specific concentration area, as well as a general working knowledge of public affairs.

The M.P.A. program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

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Degree Requirements

(48 credit hours)

Before enrolling in the M.P.A. program, students must show proficiency in the foundation areas of economics, mathematics, and statistics to facilitate mastery of core course material. Graduate credit is not given for work done to satisfy these undergraduate requirements.

The core requirements of the M.P.A. degree consist of 21 credit hours of work in seven courses. Each student must also complete the requirements of (at least) one concentration.

The experiential requirement ensures that each graduate of the M.P.A. program has gained insight into the world of public service by way of an experience outside the classroom. This experience may or may not involve the accumulation of credit hours toward the degree. The remaining credit hours necessary for graduation, if any, are general electives that can be used to add breadth to a student's program; to further explore a field of concentration; or to enhance skills in foreign languages, quantitative tools, or administrative techniques.

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Core Requirements

(18 credit hours)

The M.P.A. core is designed to ensure that each student acquires both the prerequisite analytical skills and an understanding of policy issues and governmental processes that compose the environment within which graduates will pursue their careers.

Required Courses
SPEA-V 506 Statistical Analysis for Effective Decision Making (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 517 Public Management Economics (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 540 Law and Public Affairs (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 598 Governing and Leading in a Global Society (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 600 Capstone in Public and Environmental Affairs (3 cr.)

One of the following courses:
SPEA-V 502 Public Management (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 525 Management in the Nonprofit Sector (3 cr.)

One of the following courses:
SPEA-V 560 Public Finance and Budgeting (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 526 Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)

Extremely well-prepared applicants may petition the program director to waive one or more of the core requirements on the basis of advanced course work done elsewhere. Students may be exempted on the basis of satisfactory equivalent course work or by examination. Credit hours waived from the core add to the electives a student may use. Students requesting course waivers should contact the appropriate graduate program director for requirements and guidelines.

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Concentration Requirements

(17-21 credit hours)

Concentrations give students educational experiences in a substantive area of interest. The course of study in each concentration area is determined in conjunction with an advisor.

Concentration requirements may be waived on the same basis as core requirements. Consult with an advisor about course prerequisites.

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Experiential Requirements

Each M.P.A. student must obtain professionally relevant experience through one of the following options: an approved internship (0-6 credit hours); SPEA-V 585 Practicum in Public Affairs; SPEA-V 590 Research in Public Affairs; SPEA-V 601 Workshop in Public Affairs; applying for the Mid-Career Option Credit or Service Credit (AmeriCorps, VISTA, Peace Corps, etc.).

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Mid-Career Credit Option

The Graduate Admissions Committee of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs may grant up to 12 credit hours toward the M.P.A. degree for students who have had significant policy-level work experience in their backgrounds. Credit will be granted for work experience gained until the end of the semester in which the student completes 24 credit hours according to the following guidelines:

  1. To receive 3 credit hours, a student must have a minimum of one year's technical, administrative, or policy-level work experience with a government or private agency. Experience should be in policy planning and direction.
  2. 6 credit hours will be awarded for one to four years of managerial experience in directing programs, preparing budgets, and making decisions on organizational or staff development, or for one to four years of professional experience in policy analysis or planning.
  3. Those with four or more years of executive assignment may be awarded 9 to 12 credit hours. Applicants must have had responsibility for supervision of high-level staff, budget preparation, and organizational control of public agencies, or executive responsibility for policy analysis or planning.

Application Process and Policies
Students are eligible to apply for mid-career credit at the time of application to the M.P.A. or during the first semester of M.P.A. graduate study in order to take full advantage of available credit. Applicants may appeal the initial mid-career credit decision by submitting a request, in writing, for reconsideration and providing additional information to the appropriate committee chairperson.

Determination of mid-career credit is made separately from decisions about transfer of credit. Under no circumstances will the mid-career credit and transfer credit total more than 21 hours of the 48 required for the M.P.A. degree. Students receiving mid-career credit should carefully plan the balance of their program with an advisor.

Note: Students may receive more mid-career option credit than they are eligible to use.

Graduate Service Credit

The Graduate Admissions Committee of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs may grant up to a maximum of 6 credit hours toward the M.P.A. and M.H.A. degrees. Only 3 credit hours will be awarded for each year of service, unless credit was received for undergraduate work. Credit awarded may be used to fulfill the experiential component of M.P.A. requirements.

Note: Students may receive more service credit than they are eligible to use.

If a student plans to apply for the mid-career credit and the graduate service credit, both applications must be submitted at the same time to SPEA-Student Services. Only an award of mid-career or service credit will be granted.

Send completed forms to:
Graduate Programs—Office of Student Services
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
801 W. Michigan Street, BS 3027
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5152

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General Elective Courses

Graduate courses, or undergraduate courses approved for graduate credit, may be used to complete the overall degree requirement of 48 credit hours.

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Fields of Concentration

Concentrations give students a focused educational experience in a substantive area of interest. The concentration is selected in conjunction with a faculty advisor and the appropriate SPEA-administrator. Concentrations offered on the Indianapolis campus include:

criminal justice
environmental management
nonprofit management
policy analysis
public management

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Criminal Justice Concentration

(18 credit hours)

The criminal justice concentration is for those interested in the issues, methods, and skills involved in the management of criminal justice or related agencies. Students are required to take a minimum of 9 "J" credit hours for this concentration.

Required Courses (12 credit hours)
SPEA-J 501 Evolution of Criminological Thought and Policy (3 cr.)
SPEA-J 502 Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Public Affairs (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 509 Administrative Ethics in the Public Sector (3 cr.)

One of the following:
SPEA-J 666 Criminal Justice Policy and Evaluation (3 cr.)
SPEA-J 682 Criminal Justice Planning and Management (3 cr.)

Electives (6 credit hours)
Two courses from one of the following groups:

Group A
SPEA-J 550 Topics in Criminal Justice (3 cr.)
SPEA-J 582 Criminal Justice Systems (3 cr.)
SPEA-J 587 Criminal Violation: Problems and Characteristics (3 cr.)
SPEA-J 588 Law and Control in Society (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 550 Topics in Public Affairs (criminal justice topics only) (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 580 Readings in Public Affairs (criminal justice topics only) (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 585 Practicum in Public Affairs (criminal justice topics only) (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 685 Research Seminar in Public Affairs (3 cr.) (criminal justice only)

Group B

Management, Organizations, and Policy
SPEA-J 550 Topics in Criminal Justice (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 504 Public Organizations (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 512 Public Policy Process (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 539 Management Science for Public Affairs (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 547 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution for Public Affairs (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 561 Public Human Resources Management (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 562 Public Program Evaluation (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 564 Urban Management (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 566 Executive Leadership (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 569 Managing Interpersonal Relations (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 570 Public Sector Labor Relations (3 cr.)

Nonprofit Management
SPEA-V 522 Human Resource Management in Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 525 Management in the Nonprofit Sector (3 cr.)

Finance
SPEA-V 541 Benefit-Cost Analysis of Public and Environmental Policies (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 542 Governmental Financial Accounting and Reporting (3 cr.)

Information Systems
SPEA-V 516 Public Management Information Systems (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 518 Intergovernmental Systems Management (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 519 Database Management Systems (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 550 Topics in Public Affairs (non-criminal justice topics) (3 cr.)

Other appropriate courses approved by a faculty advisor; plus a sufficient number of additional courses to meet the minimum degree requirement of 48 credit hours with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

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Environmental Management Concentration

(21 credit hours)

Students entering this concentration should have a working knowledge of chemistry before admission that is equivalent to one semester of general inorganic chemistry and one semester of general organic chemistry.

Required Courses (15 credit hours)
SPEA-E 510 Environmental Regulation and Compliance (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 520 Environmental Toxicology (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 533 Environmental Management Systems: ISO Based (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 560 Environmental Risk Assessment (3 cr.)
SPEA-H 519 Environmental Health (3 cr.)

Electives (6 credit hours)
Two of the following courses:
SPEA-E 431 Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 515 Fundamentals of Air Pollution (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 549 Environmental Planning (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 562 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 533 Industrial Hygiene (3 cr.)
SPEA-P 515 Physical Systems Development and Infrastructure (3 cr.)
SPEA-P 525 Geographic Information Systems for Planning (2 cr.)
SPEA-V 645 Environmental Law (3 cr.)

Other specialized courses approved by a faculty advisor; plus a sufficient number of additional courses to meet the minimum degree requirement of 48 credit hours with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

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Nonprofit Management Concentration

(18 credit hours)

The nonprofit management concentration prepares persons for leadership positions in nonprofit and volunteer organizations. Students receive a professional degree structured around theories, concepts, and practices essential to the policy and management of nonprofit organizations. Students who choose careers in the third sector will be more enlightened practitioners through a clear understanding of the philanthropic tradition in the broadest sense (that is, voluntary action for the public good) and of modern management techniques.

Note: A student must include the following M.P.A.. core courses to fulfill requirements for the Nonprofit Management Concentration:
SPEA-V 525 Management in the Nonprofit Sector (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 526 Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)

Required Courses (3 credit hours)
SPEA-V 521 The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector (3 cr.)
Electives (15 credit hours)
One of the following nonprofit theoretical courses:
SPEA-V 523 Civil Society and Public Policy (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 524 Civil Society in Comparative Perspective (3 cr.)
ECON-E 514 The Nonprofit Economy and Public Policy (3 cr.)
HIST-H 509 History of Philanthropy in the West (3 cr.)
HIST-H 511 Special Topics in U.S. History: History of American Philanthropy (3 cr.)
PHIL-P 542 Ethics and Values of Philanthropy (3 cr.)
Other courses approved by the faculty advisor

Three of the following nonprofit application courses:
SPEA-V 522 Human Resource Management in Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 557 Proposal Development and Grant Administration (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 558 Fund Development for Nonprofit (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 550 Topics in Public Affairs: Leadership and Board Development (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 602 Strategic Planning of Public and Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)
BUS-X 574 Special Topics: Corporate Citizenship (3 cr.)
PHST-P 535 Law of Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)
Other courses approved by the faculty advisor

One of the following general management courses:
SPEA-V 504 Public Organizations (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 509 Administrative Ethics in the Public Sector (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 516 Public Management Information Systems (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 539 Management Science of Public Affairs (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 541 Benefit-Cost Analysis of Public and Environmental Policies (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 547 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution for Public Affairs (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 562 Public Program Evaluation (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 566 Executive Leadership (3 cr.)
Other courses approved by a faculty advisor; plus a sufficient number of additional courses to meet the minimum degree requirement of 48 credit hours with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

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Policy Analysis Concentration

(17-18 credit hours)

The policy analysis concentration emphasizes applications of statistical analysis, cost-benefit analysis, program evaluation, management science/operation research, and related techniques and approaches to public policy issues in a substantial area.

Required Policy Skills Courses (8-9 credit hours)

Two of the following courses:
SPEA-V 539 Management Science for Public Affairs (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 541 Benefit-Cost Analysis of Public and Environmental Policies (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 562 Public Program Evaluation (3 cr.) or
  SPEA-J 502 Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Public Affairs (3 cr.)

One of the following courses:
SPEA-P 520 Methods for Planning and Policy Analysis (2 cr.)
SPEA-V 507 Data Analysis and Modeling for Public Affairs (3 cr.)

Required Policy Field Courses (9 credit hours)
Select three courses with the permission of a faculty advisor. Courses include, but are not limited to, the following:
SPEA-E 549 Environmental Planning (3 cr.)
SPEA-H 501 U.S. Health Care: Systems, Policies, and Ethical Challenges (3 cr.)
SPEA-H 515 Seminar in Health Policy Process Special Topics (3 cr.)
SPEA-H 640 Topics in Health Services Administration: Health Care Policy Planning (3 cr.)
SPEA-J 501 Evolution of Criminological Thought and Policy (3 cr.)
SPEA-J 582 Criminal Justice Systems (3 cr.)
SPEA-J 666 Criminal Justice Policy and Evaluation (3 cr.)
SPEA-P 510 Social Economic Aspects of Human Settlement (2 cr.)
SPEA-P 515 Physical Systems Development and Infrastructure (3 cr.)
SPEA-P 540 Community and Neighborhood Development Planning (3 cr.)
SPEA-P 550 Topics in Planning (3 cr.) (public policy topics approved by an advisor)
SPEA-V 512 Public Policy Process (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 520 Environmental Policy Analysis (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 523 Civil Society and Public Policy (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 524 Civil Society in Comparative Perspective (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 550 Topics in Public Affairs (3 cr.) (public policy topics approved by an advisor)
SPEA-V 580 Readings in Public Affairs (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 590 Research in Public Affairs (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 597 Land Use Planning (3 cr.)

Other appropriate courses approved by a faculty advisor; plus a sufficient number of additional courses to meet the minimum degree requirement of 48 credit hours with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

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Public Management Concentration

(18 credit hours)

The public management concentration is a structured program that enables students to develop a managerial perspective. The curriculum ensures breadth of coverage across those areas essential to a managerial career.

A student must include the following M.P.A. core courses to fulfill requirements for the Public Management Concentration:
SPEA-V 502 Public Management (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 560 Public Finance and Budgeting (3 cr.)

Required Courses (12 credit hours)
SPEA-V 504 Public Organizations (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 561 Public Human Resources Management (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 602 Strategic Management of Public and Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 639 Managing Government Operations (3 cr.)

One of the following:
SPEA-V 516 Public Management Information Systems (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 542 Governmental Financial Accounting and Reporting (3 cr.)

One of the following:
SPEA-V 539 Management Science for Public Affairs (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 541 Benefit-Cost Analysis for Public and Environmental Policies (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 562 Public Program Evaluation (3 cr.)

Other appropriate courses approved by a faculty advisor; plus a sufficient number of additional courses to meet the minimum degree requirement of 48 credit hours with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

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Master of Public Affairs Joint Degree Programs

Master of Public Affairs-Doctor of Jurisprudence (M.P.A.-J.D.)
Master of Public Affairs-Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies (M.P.A.-M.A.)

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Master of Public Affairs-Doctor of Jurisprudence (M.P.A.-J.D.)

The combined M.P.A.-J.D. program enables the student to take a sequence of courses leading to the attainment of both degrees.

Application and Admission
Program Requirements
Master of Public Affairs Requirements
Doctor of Jurisprudence Requirements

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Application and Admission

The student must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education and must apply to both the School of Law—Indianapolis and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. If the applicant is admitted to only one school, the applicant is permitted to attend that school and is required to meet the graduation requirements of that school. It is preferred that the student apply to both schools simultaneously for the combined M.P.A.-J.D. program. It is possible, however, for a person already enrolled in the School of Law to apply for admission to the School of Public and Environmental Affairs up to the end of the second year of law study. It is also possible for a student enrolled in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs to seek admission to the School of Law up to the end of the first year of the M.P.A. course of study.

Academic Standing
Grade point averages in the School of Law—Indianapolis and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs are computed separately. To continue in the program, the student must meet the academic standards in each school. A student failing in one school but meeting academic standards in the other may complete work for the degree in the school in which the student is able to meet the academic standards. Such completion must be according to the same conditions (credit hours, residency, etc.) required of regular (noncombination) degree candidates. Students are eligible for honors in each school based on the criteria of each school.

School Residency
Students in the joint M.P.A.-J.D. program should enroll in courses through the School of Law—Indianapolis in the first year of the program and through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs in the second year of the program. In the third and fourth years, or until the program is completed, students should enroll through the school in which the majority of their credit hours reside in each enrollment period.

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Program Requirements

(118 credit hours)

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Master of Public Affairs Requirements

(34 credit hours)

Students are required to complete 34 credit hours of SPEA-courses distributed among the M.P.A. core and a specialization.

Required Courses (18 credit hours)
SPEA-V 502 Public Management (3 cr.) or
  SPEA-V 525 Management in the Nonprofit Sector (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 506 Statistical Analysis for Effective Decision Making (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 517 Public Management Economics (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 560 Public Finance and Budgeting (3 cr.) or
  SPEA-V 526 Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 598 Governing and Leading in a Global Society (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 600 Capstone in Public and Environmental Affairs (3 cr.)

Specialization (14 credit hours)
The student chooses a field of specialization and develops a program of specialization courses in consultation with the SPEA program advisor.

Research Paper (2 credit hours)
SPEA-V 590 Research in Public Affairs, a required research paper, is written during the final year of the program.

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Doctor of Jurisprudence Requirements

(84 credit hours)

Students are required to complete 84 credit hours of law courses and satisfy all requirements for the degree Doctor of Jurisprudence.

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Master of Public Affairs-Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies (M.P.A.-M.A.)

The combined Master of Public Affairs with a concentration in nonprofit management and Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies enables a student to take a sequence of courses leading to the receipt of both degrees. This joint degree program focuses on the history, culture, and values of philanthropy as well as the managerial frameworks of public service and quasi-governmental institutions.

Application and Admission
Program Requirements
Master of Public Affairs Requirements
Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies Requirements

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Application and Admission

To participate in the joint degree program, students must apply and be accepted into both the Master of Public Affairs program and the Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies program. Most students will apply for admission to both programs simultaneously. However, if admitted to one program first, the student should submit an application for admission to the other program before completing 24 credit hours toward the first program.

Academic Standing
Grade point averages for the programs are computed separately. To continue in the program, the student must meet the academic standards in each school. A student failing in one school but meeting academic standards in the other school may complete work for the degree in the school in which he or she is able to meet the standards. Such completion must be upon the same conditions as required of regular (noncombination) degree candidates. Students are eligible for honors in each school based on the criteria of each school.

Program Advisors
Students enrolled in the combined programs are assigned co-advisors; one from each school. The co-advisors are responsible for reviewing each semester's progress to assure attainment of educational objectives. The co-advisors also help students resolve scheduling problems that might develop as a result of the combined program.

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Program Requirements

(60 credit hours)

The following degree requirements are required of all students admitted to the program.

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Master of Public Affairs Requirements

(36 credit hours)

Students are required to complete 36 credit hours of SPEA-courses and to satisfy all requirements for the joint degree.

M.P.A. Core Requirements (21 credit hours)
SPEA-V 506 Statistical Analysis for Effective Decision Making (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 517 Public Management Economics (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 525 Management in the Nonprofit Sector (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 526 Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)
SPEA-V540 Law and Public Affairs (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 598 Governing and Leading in a Global Society (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 600 Capstone in Public and Environmental Affairs (3 cr.)

Required Nonprofit Management Course (3 credit hours)
The following course:
SPEA-V 521 The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector (3 cr.) or PHST-P 521 The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector (3 cr.)

Nonprofit Application Courses (9 credit hours)
Three of the following:
SPEA-V 522 Human Resource Management in Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 550 Topics in Public Affairs: Leadership and Board Development (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 557 Proposal Development and Grant Administration (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 558 Fund Development for Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 602 Strategic Management of Public and Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)
PHST-P 535 Law of Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)
BUS-X 574 Special Topics: Corporate Citizenship (3 cr.)

General Management Courses
One of the following:
SPEA-V 504 Public Organizations (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 509 Administrative Ethics in the Public Sector (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 516 Public Management Information Systems (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 539 Management Science for Public Affairs (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 541 Benefit-Cost Analysis of Public and Environmental Policies (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 547 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution for Public Affairs (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 562 Public Program Evaluations (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 566 Executive Leadership (3 cr.)
Or other appropriate courses approved by a faculty advisor.

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Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies Requirements

(24 credit hours)

Students are required to complete 24 credit hours in philanthropic degree courses and satisfy all requirements for the Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies degree.

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Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.)

General Information
Admission
Mid-Career Credit Option
Degree Requirements
Course Waivers, Substitutions, and Challenge Examinations

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General Information

The graduate program in health administration is offered by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Recognized for its outstanding faculty, professional integration, and strong business ethics, the Indianapolis program reflects the exciting frontiers of the contemporary health care industry.

This advanced program attracts professionals and students interested in a variety of leadership opportunities in hospitals, managed care, ambulatory care, and voluntary health agencies. Opportunities also exist in consulting firms, corporate health programs, insurance, government, and other regulatory agencies. The program is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration and is a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.

Approximately one-third of the students in the program have professional backgrounds; the remaining two-thirds come directly from undergraduate programs. In the classroom, this mix creates a dynamic environment of fresh perspectives and practical experience. The versatile faculty teaches a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum interwoven with current research and events. The M.H.A. program consists of 51 graduate semester credit hours.

A summer internship between the first and second year of study is an excellent opportunity to learn from a health industry employer. The internship offers students valuable experience in the health care field and is an excellent opportunity to blend academic preparation with hands-on experience. Positions at leading organizations are available throughout the United States.

As an option, students may choose an Administrative Residency, a 10-12 month, paid residency that can assist in the transition from classroom to workplace through intensive exposure to a selected management career. It blends academic preparation with administrative practice. Students with little health administration experience may find the residencies beneficial. Residents are selected through competitive application processes.

A mentorship program utilizing local M.H.A. alumni and friends of the school gives students the opportunity to meet a variety of practicing health care professionals. Mentors are available in all segments of the health care field, and range from recent graduates to corporate officers and senior public officials.

Increasingly, our students compete successfully for national administrative fellowships after graduation. Recent fellowships awarded to M.H.A. program graduates include: Good Samaritan Health System in Nebraska, Winston Fellowship and Washington Hospital Group in Washington, D.C., the American College of Healthcare Executives in Chicago, the Cleveland Clinics in Cleveland, Ohio, and Baylor Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Most fellowships provide a one-year, paid administrative experience and lead to permanent employment.

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Admission

In addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate study in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the following requirements must be met for admission to the Graduate Program in Health Administration:

  1. Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution and have a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a minimum GPA of 3.0 during the last half of their undergraduate education are shown preference.
  2. Applicants must complete at least 3 credit hours each of undergraduate courses in introductory accounting or finance, microeconomics, and statistics at an accredited institution with a minimum grade of C in each course. Students who have not completed these courses but who meet all other requirements may be accepted with deficiencies. These students are not usually permitted to enroll in the classes that require these courses as prerequisites until the deficiencies are removed.
  3. Applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and achieve a composite score of at least 1,000 total in the quantitative and verbal sections or a GMAT total score of at least a 500. An applicant with a GRE score lower than 500 in any section may be required to receive special academic counseling and evaluation prior to any admission decision. Additional course work may be required, and admission as a provisional student may be stipulated. Applicants who have been awarded an advanced degree may petition the admissions committee for waiver of the GRE requirement.
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Mid-Career Credit Option

The admissions committee of the Graduate Programs in Health Administration may grant up to 9 credit hours toward the M.H.A. degree for students who have had significant health administration work experience. Credit will be granted for work experience gained until the end of the semester in which the student completes 24 credit hours according to the following guidelines:

  1. To receive 3 hours of credit, a student must have a minimum of one year of substantive work experience in health administration.
  2. To receive 6 hours of credit, a student must have a minimum of two years of substantive work experience in health administration.
  3. Those with four or more years of substantive work experience in health administration may be awarded 9 hours of credit.
Application Process and Policies
Students are eligible to apply for mid-career credit at the time of application to the M.H.A. Program or during the first semester of M.H.A. graduate study in order to take full advantage of all available credit. The supervisor of the position held at the time the applicant first took a SPEA graduate course or the student's current supervisor must submit a supervisory evaluation form. Applicants may appeal the initial mid-career credit decision by submitting a request, in writing, for reconsideration and providing additional information to the Indianapolis committee chairperson.

Determination of mid-career credit is made separately from decisions about transfer of credit. Under no circumstances will the mid-career credit and transfer credit total more than 24 of the 51 credit hours required for the M.H.A. degree. Students receiving mid-career credit should carefully plan the balance of their program with an advisor.

Note: Students may receive more mid-career option credit than they are eligible to use.

Send completed Mid-Career Option forms to:
Office of Student Services-—Graduate Program
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
801 W. Michigan Street, BS 3027
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5152

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Degree Requirements

(51 credit hours)

A minimum of 51 credit hours with a cumulative 3.0 GPA, divided between required and elective courses, is required in the Master of Health Administration degree program. The M.H.A. curriculum begins with a foundation of theory and skill-building courses and makes a transition to course work that requires practical application of those skills in a variety of health care settings.

Part-time students must complete at least 6 credit hours each semester to remain in good standing. All students must complete the program's academic requirements within five calendar years of matriculation.

Required Courses (39 credit hours)
SPHA-H 501 U.S. Health Care: Systems, Policies, and Ethical Challenges (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 502 Developing Strategic Capability (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 507 Management of Individual and Group Behavior (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 508 Managing Health Care Accounting Information for Decision Making (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 509 Financial Management Principles of Health Care (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 514 Health Economics (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 516 Health Services Delivery and the Law (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 518 Statistical Methods for Health Services (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 521 Management Science for Health Services Administration (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 612 Marketing for Health Services Delivery (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 623 Health Care Applications of Strategic Management (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 626 Health Services Human Resources Management (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 628 Health Care Information Systems (3 cr.)

Experiential Requirement (3-6 credit hours)
One of the following courses:
SPHA-H 702 Internship in Health Services Management (3 cr.) or
SPHA-H 735 Research in Health Administration (3-6 cr.) or
SPHA-H 700 Residency (6 cr.)

Electives (6-9 credit hours)
Select courses from the following areas:

Management Electives
SPHA-H 510 Health Services Financial Management (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 606 Health Services Quality Improvement and Risk Management (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 630 Readings in Health Services Administration (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 640 Topics in Health Services Administration (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 533 Environmental Management Systems: ISO 14001 Based (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 566 Executive Leadership (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 639 Managing Government Operations (3 cr.)
BUS-X 572 Value Chain in Health Care (3 cr.) with approval of the Kelley School of Business
INFO-I 502 Informatics Management (3 cr.) with approval of the School of Informatics
INFO-I 530 Seminar in Health Information Applications (3 cr.) with approval of the School of Informatics
JOUR-J 528 Public Relations Management (3 cr.)

Policy Electives
SPHA-H 515 Seminar in Health Policy: Special Topics (3 cr.) or
PBHL-P 611 Policy Design, Implementation, and Management (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 517 Managerial Epidemiology (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 615 Healthcare Outcomes and Decision Making (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 630 Readings in Health Services Administration (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 640 Topics in Health Services Administration (3 cr.) approved courses
SPEA-P 525 Geographical Information Systems for Planning (3 cr.)
SPEA-P 527 Planning Applications of Geographical Information Systems (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 512 Public Policy Process (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 541 Benefit Cost Analysis of Public and Environmental Policies (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 562 Public Program Evaluation (3 cr.)
PHIL-P 697 Foundations of Bioethics (3 cr.)
SOC-R 515 Sociology of Health and Illness (3 cr.)

Nonprofit Electives
SPEA-V 521 The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 525 Management in the Nonprofit Sector (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 557 Proposal Development and Grant Administration (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 558 Fund Development for Nonprofits (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 630 Readings in Health Services Administration (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 640 Topics in Health Services Administration (3 cr.)
ECON-E 514 The Nonprofit Economy and Public Policy (3 cr.)
BUS-A 508 Accounting for Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.) with approval of the Kelley School of Business

Other courses approved by a faculty advisor.

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Course Waivers, Substitutions, and Challenge Examinations

Students may petition the program director to waive or substitute for required courses based on completion of satisfactory equivalent course work or by examination (if available). The following guidelines govern the consideration of these types of petitions.

Waivers of Required Courses
The requirement for a particular course may be waived if the student furnishes evidence of equivalent graduate course work completed within a reasonable period of time from an accredited institution. It should be noted that credit is not given with a waiver—only an exemption from a particular course; another course is always substituted.

Substitutions
As a general rule, the substitution of a course for one that is required in the M.H.A. curriculum is prohibited. On rare occasions, petitions for substitutions may be considered, and students who believe they would benefit from such a procedure should discuss the matter with their advisors.

Challenge Examination
Students who believe they possess mastery of the subject matter stipulated in a given required course may request a challenge examination. If, in the opinion of the faculty, the student has demonstrated the requisite knowledge, academic credit for the course is authorized. The university fee structure for the cost of such an examination applies.

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Master of Health Administration Joint Degree Programs

Master of Health Administration-Doctor of Jurisprudence (M.H.A.-J.D.)
Master of Health Administration-Master of Business Administration
  (M.H.A.-M.B.A.)

Master of Health Administration-Master of Science in Nursing (M.H.A.-M.S.N.)

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Master of Health Administration-Doctor of Jurisprudence (M.H.A.-J.D.)

General Information
Application and Admission
Program Requirements
Master of Health Administration Requirements
Doctor of Jurisprudence Requirements

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General Information

The School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the School of Law—Indianapolis have established a four-year, full-time program for the combined study of law and health administration. This course of study addresses the needs of health services for professionals who understand the legal and administrative frameworks necessary to function successfully as a health lawyer or a health services administrator.

The Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) and the Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) are awarded when the student meets the degree requirements of each school. All courses are offered on the Indianapolis campus. Successful completion of this rigorous 127-credit-hour program provides the graduate sufficient depth and breadth in each discipline to be able to function effectively in the swiftly changing health field.

The delivery of health care and health services is the second largest industry in the United States, accounting for almost 14 percent of the gross national product. The importance of health care to our citizens has long been obvious.

What has become more apparent fairly recently, however, is the growing impact of case law, statutes, and regulations on access to and availability of care; on the delivery of health care services; and increasingly, on decisions relating to the appropriateness of individual treatment. For this reason, the Schools of Law and Public and Environmental Affairs have sought jointly to develop a strong academic curriculum to address the educational needs of health lawyers and health service administration executives as they seek to serve the public's needs.

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Application and Admission

Applicants must apply for admission to each school and must meet the admission criteria published in each school's bulletin. Normally, applicants should apply to both the School of Law—Indianapolis and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at the same time. However, a person enrolled in the School of Law may apply for admission to the Graduate Program in Health Administration up to the end of the second year of law study (approximately 57 credit hours). A student formally enrolled in the study of health administration may seek admission to the School of Law—Indianapolis up to the end of the first year of full-time study leading to the award of the Master of Health Administration (approximately 30 graduate credit hours).

Academic Standing
Grade point averages in the School of Law—Indianapolis and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs are computed separately. To continue in the program, the student must meet the academic standards in each school. A student failing in one school but meeting academic standards in the other may complete course work for the degree in the school in which the student is able to meet the academic standards. Such completion must be according to the same conditions (credit hours, residency, etc.) required of regular (noncombination) degree candidates. Students are eligible for honors in each school based on the criteria of each school.

Residency
The student customarily completes the first 34 credit hours in the School of Law—Indianapolis. Thereafter, the student divides the remaining course work between the two schools, taking health administration courses and law courses concurrently. Thus, the student has a continuing educational experience in both schools.

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Program Requirements

(127 credit hours)

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Master of Health Administration Requirements

(45 credit hours)

Students must complete 45 credit hours distributed among the M.H.A. required core, electives, and a joint research paper.

Required Courses (33 credit hours)
SPHA H 501 U.S. Health Care: Systems, Policies, and Ethical Challenges (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 502 Developing Strategic Capability (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 507 Management of Individual and Group Behavior (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 508 Managing Health Care Accounting Information for Decision Making (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 509 Financial Management Principles of Health Care (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 514 Health Economics (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 521 Management Science for Health Services Administration (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 612 Marketing for Health Services Delivery (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 623 Health Care Applications of Strategic Management (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 626 Health Services Human Resources Management (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 628 Health Care Information Systems (3 cr.)

Required Joint Research Paper (6 credit hours)
SPHA-H 735 Research in Health Administration is to be completed in the last year of the combined program.

Elective Courses (6 credit hours)
Six credit hours of elective courses, chosen from the following:
SPHA-H 517 Managerial Epidemiology (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 518 Statistical Methods for Health Services (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 627 Seminar in Advanced Health Finance (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 630 Readings in Health Services Administration (1-3 cr.)
SPEA-V 541 Benefit-Cost Analysis of Public and Environmental Policies (3 cr.)

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Doctor of Jurisprudence Requirements

(82 credit hours)

Students are required to complete 82 credit hours of law courses and to satisfy all requirements for the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree.

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Master of Health Administration-Master of Business Administration (M.H.A.-M.B.A.)

The combined M.H.A.-M.B.A. program enables the student to take a sequence of courses leading to the attainment of both degrees. Successful completion of this 78 credit hour program provides the graduate student with sufficient depth and breadth in each discipline to function more effectively in a health care delivery system that is driven by business principles.

Application and Admission
Program Requirements
Master of Health Administration Requirements
Master of Business Administration Requirements

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Application and Admission

To participate in the joint program, students must apply and be accepted into both the School of Public and Environmental Affairs Master of Health Administration program and the Indianapolis Kelley School of Business Master of Business Administration program. To streamline the admission process, SPEA-will accept the results of the GMAT exam in place of the GRE from applicants to the joint program.

Academic Standing
Grade point averages for the two schools are computed separately. To continue in the program, the student must meet the academic standards in each school. A student failing in one school but meeting academic standards in the other school may complete work for the degree in the school in which he or she is able to meet the standards. Such completion must be upon the same conditions as required of regular (noncombination) degree candidates. Students are eligible for honors in each school based on the criteria of each school.

Program Advisors
Once students have been accepted into this joint degree program, they should meet with the academic advisors to plan the course sequencing. All M.B.A. core courses must be taken as intact modules. Full-time students would typically take two M.H.A. and two M.B.A. courses each semester. Part-time students would take either two M.H.A. or two M.B.A. courses each semester. Since M.B.A. courses must be taken with a cohort, part-time students will need to sequence all the M.B.A. courses in a block.

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Program Requirements

(78 credit hours)

The following degree requirements are required of all students admitted to the program.

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Master of Health Administration Requirements

(39 credit hours)

Students are required to complete 39 credit hours of SPEA-courses and to satisfy all requirements for the joint degree.
SPHA-H 501 U.S. Health Care: Systems, Policies, and Ethical Challenges (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 502 Developing Strategic Capability (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 507 Management of Individual and Group Behavior (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 508 Managing Health Care Accounting Information for Decision Making (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 509 Financial Management Principles of Health Care (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 514 Health Economics (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 516 Health Services Delivery and the Law (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 518 Statistical Methods for Health Services (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 521 Management Science for Health Services Administration (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 612 Marketing for Health Services Delivery (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 623 Health Care Applications of Strategic Management (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 626 Health Services Human Resources Management (3 cr.)

One of the following courses:
SPHA-H 702 Internship in Health Services Management (3 cr.) or
SPHA-H 735 Research in Health Administration (3 cr.)

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Master of Business Administration Requirements

(39 credit hours)

Students are required to complete 39 credit hours and to satisfy all requirements for the joint degree. For specific guidelines, see the Indianapolis Kelley School of Business Graduate Bulletin.

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Doctoral Minor in SPEA

Nonprofit Management Minor

(12 credit hours)

Students in a Ph.D. program at Indiana University may select nonprofit management as an outside minor.

Requirements

  1. The doctoral student must secure an advisor from the faculty of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The faculty advisor will serve as the representative of SPEA-in all examinations and other requirements of the student's Ph.D. program that pertain to the minor.
  2. The minor in nonprofit management requires 12 credit hours of courses approved by the advisor. Three of the four courses must be SPEA courses. The additional course may come from SPEA or from any of a variety of disciplines relevant to nonprofit management. Some examples of courses appropriate for the SPEA minor in nonprofit management are:
    SPEA-V 521 The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector (3 cr.)
    SPEA-V 522 Human Resource Management in Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)
    SPEA-V 523 Civil Society and Public Policy (3 cr.)
    SPEA-V 524 Civil Society in Comparative Perspective (3 cr.)
    SPEA-V 525 Management in the Nonprofit Sector (3 cr.)
    SPEA-V 526 Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)
    SPEA-V 558 Fund Development for Nonprofits (3 cr.)
    SPEA-V 562 Public Program Evaluation (3 cr.)
    SPEA-V 602 Strategic Management of Public and Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)
    SPEA-V 672 Public Organization and Management II (3 cr.)
    SPEA-V 685 Research Seminar in Management (approved topics) (3 cr.)
  3. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) must be attained in all courses used for the minor.
  4. Special requirement for 500-level courses. Students taking a 500-level course (and SPEA-V 602) are required to show that they have completed doctoral-level work in conjunction with the course in order to count the course for the minor. Students must alert the instructor to their doctoral status and request additional/alternative assignments. If the instructor is unwilling to do this, the student should select a different course in conjunction with the candidate's advisor.
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Certificate Programs

General Information
Admission
Program Restrictions
Certificate in Hazardous Materials Management
Certificate in Health Systems Management
Certificate in Nonprofit Management
Certificate in Public Management

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General Information

Five graduate certificates are offered on the Indianapolis campus:

  • Pending: Executive Certificate in Library Management—Contact the Graduate Program Office for requirements
  • Certificate in Hazardous Materials Management
  • Certificate in Health Systems Management
  • Certificate in Nonprofit Management
  • Certificate in Public Management
Certificate programs are flexible and adaptable to the needs of either precareer or in-service students.

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Admission

Admission Eligibility
The student must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university to apply. For the Certificate in Hazardous Materials Management, applicants must have completed one semester of general inorganic chemistry and one semester of general organic chemistry.

Application
An online application and information can be found at www.spea.iupui.edu or obtained from the Graduate Program Office.

Students should apply to the SPEA admissions office on the IUPUI campus.

Application Deadlines
Application deadlines for the certificate programs are June 15 for the fall semester, October 15 for the spring semester, and April 1 for summer sessions.

Application Fee
Students must pay a nonrefundable application fee.

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Program Restrictions

  1. Students enrolled in a certificate program must complete it within 15 credit hours of approved SPEA course work with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B). Failure to do so results in automatic dismissal from the certificate program.
  2. Students who have completed more than three SPEA courses are not eligible for admission to a certificate program.
  3. Transfer credit, course substitutions, or course waivers are not accepted for meeting the Public Management, Nonprofit Management, or Health Systems Management certificate requirements. Students in the Hazardous Materials Management Certificate Program may utilize these options; however, they must first have the approval of their campus graduate program advisors.
  4. Students admitted to a SPEA graduate degree program are not eligible for admission to the certificate program or eligible for the awarding of a certificate.
  5. Admission to or successful completion of a certificate program does not guarantee subsequent admission to a SPEA graduate degree program.
  6. Students enrolled in the certificate program who apply to SPEA's graduate degree programs must meet all existing admission requirements.
  7. Students planning to request admission to a SPEA graduate degree program after successfully completing a certificate program should refer to the application procedure presented earlier in this bulletin.
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Certificate in Hazardous Materials Management

The Certificate in Hazardous Materials Management is a 15-credit-hour program of study. The program provides managers and technicians in concerned organizations and agencies, public and private, with training in the management of hazardous materials. The certificate program provides an information base that these managers and technicians can use to develop, implement, manage, and assess hazardous waste programs for corporate and federal regulatory agencies. Graduate students in other disciplines can use the program to supplement their primary fields with course work in hazardous materials management, possibly using the certificate courses as part of a doctoral or master's minor. The Hazardous Materials Management Certificate provides foundational knowledge for those seeking national certification as hazardous materials managers.

Certificate Requirements

(15 credit hours)

Required Courses (15 credit hours)
SPEA-E 510 Environmental Regulation and Compliance (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 520 Environmental Toxicology (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 533 Environmental Management Systems: ISO Based (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 542 Hazardous Materials (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 533 Industrial Hygiene (3 cr.)

Students who have significant knowledge and expertise in one of the required courses may substitute other specialty courses with the approval of the graduate program advisor. No more than two such substitutions are permitted.

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Certificate in Health Systems Management

The Certificate in Health Systems Management is a 15 credit hour program of study. The certificate program is designed to serve administrators and physicians who are actively engaged in managerial duties, physicians and health care workers who may want to pursue managerial duties in the future, or those who want to gain greater understanding of the structure, processes, and goals of their health care organizations and the environment in which they operate.

Note: This certificate requires an undergraduate course in accounting.

Certificate Requirements

(15 credit hours)

Required Courses (9 credit hours)
SPHA-H 501 U.S. Health Care: Systems, Policies, and Ethical Challenges (3 cr.) or
  SPEA-V 545 The U.S. Health Care System (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 502 Developing Strategic Capability (3 cr.)
SPHA-H 508 Managing Health Care Accounting Information for Decision Making or
  SPHA-H 509 Financial Management Principles of Health Care (3 cr.)

Electives (6 credit hours)
Two additional SPEA graduate courses are selected with the approval of the student's advisor.

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Certificate in Nonprofit Management

The Certificate in Nonprofit Management is a 15 credit hour program of study. The certificate is designed to serve the needs of individuals who would like exposure to the nonprofit sector and nonprofit management issues but who do not wish or need to pursue a degree in nonprofit management. The certificate complements other courses of study or career experience in such areas as social work, library science, and parks and recreation. Students pursuing a nonprofit management certificate gain an understanding of how to work in and with nonprofit organizations.

Certificate Requirements

(15 credit hours)

Required Courses (9 credit hours)
SPEA-V 522 Human Resource Management in Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 525 Management in the Nonprofit Sector (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 526 Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)

Electives (6 credit hours)
Two additional SPEA graduate courses, which require class attendance, are selected with the approval of the student's advisor. A sampling of current course titles includes Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Ethics and Values of Philanthropy, Fund Development for Nonprofit Organizations, Public Relations in Nonprofits, and History of Philanthropy in the West.

Students interested in continuing for the Master of Public Affairs (M.P.A.) should consider selecting the electives from the nonprofit management concentration and include
SPEA-V 521 The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector.

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Certificate in Public Management

The Certificate in Public Management program is a 15-credit-hour program of study in public management. The certificate program is flexible enough to be adapted to the needs of precareer and inservice individuals. Graduate students in other disciplines can use the program to supplement their primary fields with course work in public management, possibly using the certificate courses as part or all of a doctoral or master's degree minor. Career employees of public and private sector agencies seeking courses in public management, and especially those changing from professional or technical roles to managerial roles, find the certificate program beneficial.

Certificate Requirements

(15 credit hours)

Required Courses (9 credit hours)
SPEA-V 502 Public Management (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 560 Public Finance and Budgeting (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 561 Public Human Resources Management (3 cr.)

Electives (6 credit hours)
Two additional SPEA graduate public affairs courses which require class attendance and are approved by the program director.

Note: Students interested in continuing on for the Master of Public Affairs degree should consider selecting the two elective courses from the M.P.A. core. Before enrolling, some core courses require prerequisites; for example, SPEA-V 506 Statistical Analysis for Effective Decision Making requires an undergraduate statistics course, and SPEA-V 517 Public Management Economics requires a course in undergraduate microeconomics.

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