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Joint Degree in Public and Environmental Affairs
Program Requirements

JD/MPA (Master of Public Affairs) students can specialize in areas such as comparative and international affairs, environmental and natural resources management, health services administration, personnel management and labor relations, policy analysis, public financial administration, public information systems management, public management, or urban management. Applicants for the JD/MSES (Master of Science in Environmental Science) must have a bachelor's degree in a physical or life science, engineering, or mathematics. Fields of concentration for the joint MS degree are offered in applied ecology, environmental chemistry, hazardous waste management, and water resources.

Programs
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Master of Public Affairs (JD/MPA)
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Master of Science in Environmental Science (JD/MSES)
  • 79 credit hours in law
  • 36 credit hours in SPEA courses
Doctor of Jurisprudence Requirements

For the JD/MPA and JD/MSES degrees, students are required to complete 79 credit hours of law courses and to satisfy all requirements for the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. For specific requirements, see the IU Maurer School of Law Bulletin.

Master of Public Affairs Requirements

Students are required to complete 36 credit hours of SPEA courses distributed among the MPA core and a specialization area.

Required Courses (21 credit hours)
  • SPEA-V 502 Public Management (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 506 Statistical Analysis for Effective Decision Making (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 517 Public Management Economics (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 540 Law and Public Affairs (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 560 Public Finance and Budgeting (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 600 Capstone in Public and Environmental Affairs (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 640 Law, Public Management, and Public Policy (3 cr.)
Specialization Area (15 credit hours)
The student chooses a field of specialization and develops a program of specialization courses in consultation with a SPEA faculty advisor.
Master of Science in Environmental Science Requirements

Students are required to complete 36 credit hours of courses distributed among the environmental science core, environmental management and policy core, and a specialization area.

Environmental Science Core (15 credit hours)
The following courses are required:
  • SPEA-E 526 Applied Mathematics for Environmental Science (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-E 527 Applied Ecology (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-E 536 Environmental Chemistry (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-E 538 Statistics for Environmental Science (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-E 552 Environmental Engineering (3 cr.)
Environmental Management and Policy Core (9 credit hours)
  • SPEA-V 517 Public Management Economics (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 645 Environmental Law (3 cr.)

Select one from the following equivalent substitutes, or other policy/management graduate course approved by an advisor:

  • SPEA-E 560 Environmental Risk Analysis (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 539 Management Science for Public Affairs (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 540 Law and Public Affairs (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 541 Benefit-Cost Analysis of Public and Environmental Policies (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 625 Environmental Economics and Policy (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 640 Law, Public Management, and Public Policy (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 643 Natural Resource Management (3 cr.)
Concentration Area (12 credit hours)
Students are required to develop an area of specialization approved by a SPEA faculty advisor.

It is recommended that this be done in consultation with both joint law and environmental science faculty advisors.