For Professionals

Be prepared for the next challenge in your career

SPEA Connect is fully integrated into the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University, so graduates receive the same diploma whether they study online or on-campus. The high-quality, extremely flexible SPEA Connect MPA and graduate certificate programs are ideal preparation for your next leadership role in your organization or for the next challenge in your career. These programs are designed to develop competencies for public work— whether that be in the public, nonprofit, or private sector. 

Tuition savings for prior professional experience

Your professional experience credits can count toward the MPA’s experiential component and lower the total cost and time to complete the degree.

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Recognition of work and service experience

SPEA Connect MPA students can receive credit for 3 to 6 hours of course work—or more, in rare cases—for Prior Professional Experience (PPE) or service in the public sector, a non-profit organization, or industry. That can translate to tuition savings of more than $3,500 for Indiana residents or $7,000 for nonresidents.

Students with significant senior level management experience may qualify for 9 to 12 hours of credit for professional experience, which translates to a potential savings of more than $7,000 for Indiana residents or $14,000 for nonresidents.  

Specific incentives are also available for military, AmeriCorps, Teach for America, and Peace Corps service. 

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Benefits for AmeriCorps and Teach For America alumni

An automatic award of 3 credit hours per year of service (up to a maximum of 6 credits). Your AmeriCorps service also satisfies the experiential requirement for the SPEA Connect MPA. As an AmeriCorps alum, you will also receive a graduate school application fee waiver from Indiana University.