Undergraduate Programs

Honors and Accelerated Master's Program

Sophomores and juniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher may apply for the Honors Program. The primary requirements are that a student maintain the 3.5 GPA, successfully complete designated honors courses, and write a senior thesis. Students may propose a unique course of study in consultation with the SPEA honors advisor.

The Accelerated Master’s Program (A.M.P.) is a competitive program for outstanding SPEA students. Students may apply to the Master of Public Affairs (M.P.A.) or the Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) Programs early in their junior year.

Participation in this program allows students to fulfill some graduate program requirements during the senior year. Graduate courses count for both graduate and undergraduate degree requirements. Before starting the graduate program, students must have satisfied all general education requirements toward their bachelor’s degree. For additional information, students should contact the appropriate program director or academic advisor.

For students who wish to enroll in the Accelerated Masters of Public Affairs at the Indianapolis campus, the following are required.

  • Students should have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 overall and a 3.5 within their major.
  • Students accepted into the program may begin when they have earned 90 credit hours in the undergraduate degree program, including specified courses in the major.
  • Students must take all 48 credit hours of the MPA and can count a maximum of 24 graduate credit hours to reach the 120 credit hours required for the BSPA/BSCJ.
  • Students are required to complete the undergraduate capstone as part of the accelerated MPA.
  • Students must be enrolled as a graduate student the last 24 credit hours of the program.
  • Students must apply for the graduate program by completing the MPA application when applying for the accelerated Masters of Public Affairs. All letters or recommendation must be from faculty; at least one letter must be from either the program director or faculty advisor.
  • Students applying for the accelerated program are not required to take the GRE as a condition of admission.