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Indiana University - Bloomington — School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Program Type:
Coverdell Fellows
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Degrees Awarded:
Environmental Sciences (MSES), Public Affairs (MPA)
Admissions Deadlines:

Priority financial aid deadline of February 1st (including Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program consideration)

Admissions Cycle:

Rolling Admissions

Program Start:
Fall Semester (August)
Program Founded:
February, 2005


Peace Corps Fellows automatically receive a 6 credit hour reduction from the standard 48-hour program (over $ 5,000 benefit depending on residency) as well as a waiver of the program's experiential requirement (internship). This means that Fellows do not have to pay for these credit hours as part of their benefit package. As well, Fellows will participate in the SPEA Service Corps Program and will receive at and/or over a $ 6,000 stipend and up to 6 credit hours of tuition remission per academic year for their part-time (12 hours a week) service in the nonprofit or public sector.


The Master of Public Affairs (MPA) degree at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) is an interdisciplinary, professional program that equips students with the skills and knowledge necessary to lead change and source solutions in addressing significant policy issues. SPEA’s MPA broadens students understanding of economic, political, legal, and social issues encompassing public service while also developing expertise in one or more specialization areas which include: International Development; Economic Development; Energy; Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management; Nonprofit Management; Policy Analysis; Public Financial Administration; Public Management; Local Government Management; Sustainability and Sustainable Development; and Specialized.

The Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES) degree bridges the applied disciplines of chemistry, civil and chemical engineering, biology and geology. It focuses on the world's ecosystems and prepares students with the technical skills to solve complex environmental problems that are interdisciplinary in nature, including aspects of public policy and regulations, while developing expertise in one of the following specialization areas: Applied Ecology; Energy; Environmental Chemistry, Toxicology and Risk Assessment; Water Resources; and Specialized.

SPEA also offers a dual MPA/MSES which combines the aspects of the MPA and MSES culminating in a program with a 60 credit hour design and full integration of applied science and public policy.

Coverdell Fellows participate in the SPEA Service Corps, which is a collaboration among a number of community partners including an array of nonprofit agencies including the United Way of Monroe County; as well as valued public stakeholders like the City of Bloomington, Monroe County Government, and the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce.


Eligibility is dependent upon admission to the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, qualification via FAFSA guidelines for Federal Work-Study and completion of Peace Corps Volunteer Service as detailed in the Peace Corps Description of Service.

For inquiries about Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, call 855.855.1961 x1440.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Jennifer Forney
Dir. Graduate Student Services

School of Public and Environmental Affairs
SPEA 260, 1315 E. Tenth Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-1701
(812) 855-2840
(812) 856-3665

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