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For most programs, applicants with bachelor’s degrees in any field from an accredited institution are eligible to apply for admission to the graduate programs of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

M.S.E.S: The M.S.E.S. Admissions Committee looks for applicants to have an adequate backround in quantitative and natural science subjects. As a minimum, an applicant must have completed at least one semester of: calculus and chemistry with laboratory. Familiarity with statistics and biology/ecology is considered desirable.

Application Submission

Applicants should apply to a degree or certificate program and request merit aid consideration as early as possible before the desired semester of enrollment. Priority for admission and merit-based funding consideration for the fall term is given to students who complete their application file by February 1. However, international students must submit application materials by December 1. All applications must be received by May 1. Applications are accepted after that date on a case by case basis.


Each application for admission is carefully evaluated by the admissions committee for the appropriate degree. Applicants to all SPEA degree programs must do the following:

  • Submit applications to the M.P.A.–M.S.E.S. program office.
  • Submit complete official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Students who have taken course work on any Indiana University campus do not need to submit an Indiana University transcript.
  • Pay a nonrefundable application fee to Indiana University.
  • Submit three Application Reference Forms completed by individuals familiar with the applicant’s activities and potential to succeed in graduate work. It is recommended that two of the three be from academic sources.
  • Submit a personal essay and include any supplemental materials that may further support a case for admission (i.e., resume).
  • Submit proof of bachelor’s degree certification from an accredited institution. Students who have not completed undergraduate course work at the time of application may be admitted based on the strength of previous work, but a final transcript attesting to the award of a bachelor’s degree must be submitted before the student can enroll. Normally, a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 = A) is the minimum for regular admission.
LSAT and GRE Requirements

Applicants for the M.P.A.–J.D. and M.S.E.S.–J.D. may submit LSAT (Law School Admission Test) scores in lieu of GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores.

Other degrees require the GRE. Information concerning the GRE is available from Graduate Record Examination, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000,
(609) 771-7670 or (866) 473-4373. Information concerning the LSAT is available from Law School Admission Services, P.O. Box 2000, Newtown, PA 18940, (215) 968-1001.

Arts Administration Program

Students who have achieved outstanding undergraduate records will be considered for admission. Approximately 25-30 students are selected each year and may enter in the fall semester only.

Letters of inquiry and requests for application should be directed to the Arts Administration Program, SPEA 260, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405-7006 or e-mailed to maaainfor [at] indiana [dot] edu. Applications may be completed online. Completed applications (those not completed online), transcripts, GRE scores, and all other correspondence related to admission should be sent to the address above. The deadline for receipt of all materials is February 15.

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