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Welcome to SPEA!

We are pleased to introduce you to the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). SPEA is a vibrant, diverse, professional school with nationally recognized programs in public affairs, nonprofit management, and criminal justice. Many of our programs, both graduate and undergraduate, hold national rankings.

Our faculty members are effective teachers, engaged in the community, and doing research that is leading to changes in the ways we understand and govern society. We integrate these three dimensions of academic work in the curriculum through emphases on professional practice. Classes in each degree program provide students numerous opportunities to work on practical projects with professionals in the community. Students also have opportunities to collaborate individually with faculty and staff on innovative research initiatives and service projects. Our research centers provide additional opportunities for students to gain valuable professional experience.

We are located in downtown Indianapolis on one of the most dynamic urban campuses in the nation. IUPUI's location in the state's capitol and largest city fosters strong relationships with state and municipal government and other leading public, nonprofit, and private organizations in the city. Community leaders frequently meet with students and lecture in or teach SPEA classes. Internships and other practical experiences are easy to arrange with the various mentors available to us. 

SPEA faculty, staff, and students are committed to making a difference in the world. When you choose SPEA, you are choosing a school where you will gain the knowledge and skills required for a successful professional career. We invite you to join us!