Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University - Bloomington

Why you should consider this program

The Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University is a proud participant in the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. SPEA offers interdisciplinary, professional degree programs that equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to lead change in addressing significant policy issues.

SPEA's #1 ranked Master of Public Affairs (MPA) broadens students understanding of economic, political, legal, and social issues encompassing public service while also developing expertise in specialization areas, which include International Development; Economic Development; Energy; Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management; Information Systems; Nonprofit Management; Policy Analysis; Public Financial Administration; Health Policy; Public Management; Local Government Management; and Sustainability and Sustainable Development.

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: Ecology and Conservation; Energy; Environmental Chemistry, Toxicology and Risk Assessment; and Water Resources.

SPEA also offers a dual MPA-MSES, which fully integrates applied science and policy in an expedited 60-credit hour design.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 27,086 $ 20,015 $ 7,071
Out of state $ 60,500 $ 32,545 $ 27,955
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

All returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs) receive a 6-credit hour reduction in recognition of their 2 years of Peace Corps service, thereby reducing the 48-credit hour program to 42 hours (or the 60-credit dual MPA-MSES program to 54 credits). Coverdell Fellows also receive partial tuition remission (3 credits per semester) and a 12 hour/week placement in SPEA's Service Corps program, for which Fellows earn $15/hour (paid biweekly).

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

Fellows are eligible to apply for continuing student scholarships, which are applied to their second year of study.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 12,870

Application fee waived?



Coverdell Fellows participate in SPEA's Service Corps, through which students serve approximately 12 hours/week working at a community partner organization, thereby allowing them to apply their knowledge and classroom learning in a real-world work setting. Community partners include nonprofit organizations such as United Way of Monroe County, Mother Hubbards Cupboard, and Sycamore Land Trust, as well as public organizations such as the City of Bloomington, Monroe County Government, and the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce.

Jobs for program alumni

  • Latin America and Caribbean Program Specialist, Office of International Programs, U.S. Forest Service
  • Environmental Protection Specialist, US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Presidential Management Fellow, Small Business Administration
  • Analyst, Governmental Accountability Office
  • Grants Manager, National Aquarium (Baltimore)
  • Development Associate, United Way

Other details

Program length

2 years (or 2.5 years for Dual MPA-MSES)

Application requirements

Official transcripts; 3 recommendation letters; Personal statement; Resume

Admissions process

Apply by our priority application deadline of February 1 and check the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer box on your SPEA Departmental Questions to be considered for a Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship. Admission decisions are offered 2-3 weeks after completion of application, with Fellowship offers being distributed in March.

Program begins

Mid August

Non-traditional options

We also offer an online MPA program. However, Coverdell Fellows must be enrolled full-time in SPEA's residential program.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Ashley Clement, Asst. Director, Graduate Recruitment & Advising

1315 E Tenth Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405