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MPA Program and Certificate Programs

Welcome to the School of Public & Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Northwest. We are happy that you have selected SPEA to continue your graduate studies. Applications for the SPEA MPA program are accepted year round for each fall semester cohort. Application deadlines are as follows for each academic year:

  • Fall Semester: August 1
  • Spring Semester: November 15

For the certificate programs, the application process is the same with the exception of the GRE as this is required for the MPA application only. Every application to SPEA's graduate program is carefully evaluated by the Graduate Program Committee for the appropriate degree. All application documents are required for any of the programs and are used to determine the admission status for each applicant.

 For additional information on the graduate studies programs in the School of Public & Environmental Affairs at IUN, please contact 219-981-5668 .

The following is a list of the documents required to be uploaded in a PDF or Word document to the online application:

  1. Graduate Application Apply online.
  2. Official copy of transcripts verifying earned bachelor degree.
  • Please have official transcripts sent to the following address:

Indiana University Northwest

School of Public & Environmental Affairs Graduate Program

3400 Broadway, Dunes 2101

Gary, IN 46408

4. Students applying for the MPA program, must submit official GRE scores to the department for admission. If the undergraduate overall grade point average is 3.0 or higher, then the department will waive the GRE requirement. All applicants applying for the MPA program who have less than a 3.0 grade point average in their undergraduate coursework, must take the GRE. An admissible score for the GRE is a combined verbal and quantitative score of 280.

  • If applicants have already earned a graduate degree (Master degree or higher, this requirement is also waived)

5. Self-Disclosure Form Download self-disclosure form

6.  Copy of your Resume

7. Letter of Intent (i.e., this is your personal statement as to why you want to pursue the program and what you hope to gain from it)

8. Writing Sample - May submit any of the following as your writing sample:

a. A copy of any undergraduate research paper (does not have to be a graded paper)

b. A copy of a repot written in a professional setting

c. A 500-800 word paper on any issue you consider of importance today for public administrators, nonprofit leadres, or public policy analysis.

9. Applicants must submit three letters of reference. (Note: letters must be professional references, i.e., current/former employers or professors outside of SPEA).

10. $40.00 non-refundable application fee (Note: if using paper form of application, must submit check or money order payable to Indiana University Northwest).

Final packets are to be submitted to:

Indiana University Northwest
The School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Attn: Graduate Program Committee
Dunes Medical Professional Building 2101
Gary, IN 46408

SPEA considers results from the GRE, GMAT or LSAT, but the GRE ( is the most common among our applicants. Preparing to take the test and getting official test scores can be a lengthy process, so plan accordingly.