Maleah Amos

Why did you choose the SPEA Connect MPA program?

My mentor went to IU and I have always been impressed with her expansive knowledge of nonprofit management. When I saw that SPEA was the then #2 (now #1!) program for public affairs, it sealed the deal!

How has the flexibility of the online program helped you to balance all of your responsibilities?

The flexibility of the online program has allowed me to raise my children, live as a military spouse, and build my career all at once. When I started the program, I was pregnant and living in Virginia. I now work full-time; have a 2, 6, and 9 year old; and my husband is also finishing his master's degree. We are busy! The online program allows me to engage as my busy schedule allows. Additionally, the work I do in SPEA aligns with my work goals. I describe school and work as Yin and Yang. Using my job for my school projects has facilitated the opportunity to offer real life solutions to work challenges. A plan that I worked on in SPEA has gone before my agency’s Board of Directors and has opened doors to me for promotion!