David's SPEA story

I truly believe that SPEA offers one of the best programs available for military personnel who are looking for a competitive master's degree to further their career in public service.

—LT David Lebhar, U.S. Navy, MPA '18

Why SPEA was right for me

As an active duty Naval Officer and full-time SPEA Master of Public Affairs (MPA) student, I truly believe that SPEA offers one of the best programs available for military personnel who are looking for a competitive master's degree to further their career in public service.

After five years in the military, I decided it was time to go back to school and get a master's degree while remaining on active duty. I chose SPEA because of its top-ranked MPA and flexible online program through SPEA Connect.

I started my MPA while stationed in Japan. SPEA Connect offered comprehensive correspondence courses with a reliable online interface. Not only did I have access to the top-ranked SPEA MPA courses, but I also had the constant support of the Master's Program Office, the IU Veteran Support Services office, and the amazing SPEA faculty.

A year after I began SPEA Connect, I was selected for a scholarship to return to school full-time. Since my acceptance to SPEA Connect was equivalent to acceptance to the residential program, the transition to studying on campus was seamless.

Now, having completed my first semester in residence, I can't speak highly enough of the SPEA MPA program, the staff, and the faculty. Whether you're thinking of completing your master's degree while on active duty, or if you want to jump-start your master's before transitioning out of the military, I'd highly recommend considering SPEA's MPA program and SPEA Connect.