Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA Connect)

Introduction

Become a Leader, Make a Difference

The world today is different from the world that past generations entered. The levels of complexity, interdependence, and systemic risks are extraordinary. A Master of Public Affairs (MPA) or graduate certificate in public affairs, prepares graduates of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) to confront the challenges of tomorrow with the knowledge and skills to solve problems and lead. Our graduates are using what they know across all sectors of society—public, nonprofit, and private.

SPEA offers a truly interdisciplinary education in public affairs. We focus on governing, managing, and leading. We prepare students to address the complex issues that face society today—issues one field of study alone cannot solve.

SPEA Connect creates opportunities for nonprofit and public affairs professionals in a way unrivaled by other highly ranked graduate schools. Our online programs cater to experienced professionals who cannot enroll in our residential program—whether because they want to stay in your current job, are juggling multiple responsibilities, or are deployed overseas. We believe you should be able to enhance your career through the same nationally-ranked programs offered on campus.

Choose SPEA Connect's online programs, and:

  • Learn from accomplished faculty members, who are leading researchers, practitioners, and teachers.
  • Engage with other passionate and innovative individuals who are dedicated to serving society.
  • Develop problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills in a variety of disciplines.

We're ranked #1 in the nation

logo U.S. News and World Report ranks SPEA’s MPA as the top graduate program in public affairs.

SPEA also offers top ranked specialties, or focus areas, in the online MPA, including:

  • Nonprofit Management (#1)
  • Public Finance & Budgeting (#1)
  • Public Management & Administration (#3)

Online MPA and certificate programs designed for working professionals

SPEA’s online graduate degree and certificate programs are both versatile and valuable. Our programs are designed to prepare talented professionals to take their careers to the next level, while studying where and when it is most convenient. With SPEA Connect, you can turn your professional experience into graduate credit—and graduate sooner, and at a lower cost. If you are a member of the military community, you can also earn credit in recognition of your service.

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Online Master of Public Affairs (Online MPA)

Online Full time August 2017 USA Bloomington

The MPA is one of the most versatile and valuable degrees available—a combination of the Master of Public Administration and the Master of Public Policy. [+]

A versatile and valuable degree Sure, it sounds like a nice addition to your resume. But what exactly is a Master of Public Affairs? The MPA is one of the most versatile and valuable degrees available—a combination of the Master of Public Administration and the Master of Public Policy. At SPEA, our students are prepared for public service jobs in our changing society in ways unmatched by other universities. Our MPA program builds leaders who will make a difference in our world. As an online student, you benefit from the flexibility of our 48 credit hour program consisting of three components: Core Courses : 6 courses, 18 credit hours Advanced Electives : Up to 10 courses (30 credit hours) minus any professional experience or internship credit. An experiential component : Completed through an internship or waived through prior professional experience. We recommend taking two courses a semester, but you may take more with permission from the faculty director. Summer courses are offered, too. Students in our program are able to juggle their careers, family obligations, and course work. Find the right balance for you. Core Courses We believe our core curriculum gives you the necessary knowledge and skills to progress in your career. These required courses prepare you to face the big issues in our society: Public Management (V502) Statistical Analysis for Effective Decision Making (V506) Public Management Economics (V517) Law and Public Affairs (V540) Public Finance and Budgeting (F560) Capstone in Public and Environmental Affairs (V600) Advanced Electives You... [-]

Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate - Nonprofit Management (Online)

Online Full time 1 year August 2017 USA Bloomington

If you’re looking to increase your knowledge and skill level in the world of nonprofits but are unable to complete a full MPA, our Nonprofit Management Certificate may be a great option for you. [+]

Gain a better understanding of the nonprofit sector and nonprofit management issues If you’re looking to increase your knowledge and skill level in the world of nonprofits but are unable to complete a full MPA, our Nonprofit Management Certificate may be a great option for you. In only 15 credit hours, you’ll gain a better understanding of the nonprofit sector and nonprofit management issues. This certificate can strengthen your performance in areas such as: Fundraising and development Managing nonprofit social services Parks and recreation Our online certificates are quick—you can complete one in a year—but challenging. Like all SPEA programs, the curriculum is rigorous. But the effort you put forth will make your long-term professional goals reachable. Requirements The Nonprofit Management Certificate is a 15 credit-hour program. Three required courses (9 credit hours total) and two electives (6 credit hours) make up this certificate. Required Courses Human Resource Management in Nonprofit Organizations (V522) Management in the Nonprofit Sector (V525) Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations (V526) Electives You will choose two additional SPEA graduate courses that meet your needs. [-]

Graduate Certificate - Public Budgeting and Financial Management (Online)

Online Full time August 2017 USA Bloomington

The Certificate in Public Budgeting and Financial Management is a 15 credit hour program for those seeking graduate training in the fundamentals of budgeting and finance for government and nonprofit organizations. [+]

Build your basis in budgeting and finance for government and nonprofit organizations The Certificate in Public Budgeting and Financial Management is a 15 credit hour program for those seeking graduate training in the fundamentals of budgeting and finance for government and nonprofit organizations. It is designed for pre-career students, including graduate students in other disciplines who seek to additional capacity-building in their educational program, and for in-service professionals who seek additional expertise in their work or who plan to change their professional roles. The program is for those who wish to acquire additional knowledge and skills in public financial management and control, governmental or nonprofit accounting, and public expenditure planning, management, and fiscal control. The program can be completed in one year, but like all SPEA programs, the curriculum is challenging. The upside is that your hard work will prepare you for a better, more satisfying career. Requirements The Public Budgeting and Financial Management Certificate is a 15 credit-hour graduate-level program. Three required courses (9 credit hours total) and two electives (6 credit hours) make up this certificate. Required Courses Public Management Economics (V517) Government Financial Accounting and Reporting (V542) or Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations (V526) Public Finance and Budgeting (F560) Electives You will choose two additional graduate courses (6 credit hours) that meet your needs: Revenue Theory and Administration (V609) Government Budget and Program Analysis (V610) Public Capital and Debt Theory (V667) [-]

Graduate Certificate - Public Management (Online)

Online Full time August 2017 USA Bloomington

The online graduate Public Management Certificate offers you additional skill in public management in 15 credit hours. If you are a professional in a public or private sector agency and are interested in taking on a managerial role, our certificate can help. [+]

Be prepared for a managerial role in the public or private sector The online graduate Public Management Certificate offers you additional skill in public management in 15 credit hours. If you are a professional in a public or private sector agency and are interested in taking on a managerial role, our certificate can help. The program can be completed in one year, but like all SPEA programs, the curriculum is challenging. The upside is that your hard work will prepare you for a better, more satisfying career. Requirements The Certificate in Public Management is a 15 credit-hour program. Three required courses (9 credit hours total) and two electives (6 credit hours) make up this certificate. Required Courses Public Management (V502) Public Finance and Budgeting (V560) Public Human Resource Management (V561) Electives You will choose two additional SPEA graduate courses that meet your needs. [-]

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School of Public & Environmental Affairs

Address 1315 East Tenth Street, A304
Bloomington Indiana 47405 United States
Website https://speaconnect.indiana.edu/
Phone +1 812-855-2840