We offer a joint Ph. D. in Public Policy, a Ph.D. in Public Affairs, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science—ranking at the very top for doctoral program quality. You’ll make your degree your own with options to tailor your studies and research to the complex challenges that match your goals. You’ll work alongside senior scholars, gaining experience to advance your research at the highest levels and prepare future generations of leaders.Explore our degrees See our rankings Meet our faculty
Interdisciplinary, collaborative research
You’ll gain a rigorous, comprehensive education that provides opportunities for interdisciplinary, collaborative research recognizing the connections between varying fields of theory and policy and employing a wide range of analytical methods.
Low cost of living, high quality of life
Living in Bloomington has its benefits—our accolades are many and Travel & Leisure, New York Times, livability.com, USA Today and others name us one of the “most beautiful college campuses” and “top college towns” with the “best work-life balance.” But, that doesn’t come with stress or a high price tag. This is a bikeable, walkable town with a cost of living below the national average and we offer generous financial aid offers, travel, and conference funding for our doctoral students.
Nearly 90 percent of our graduates go on to obtain a tenure track position in a top program. Our graduates also further their research in high-level positions and as consultants. And, with more than 32,000 alumni from our School, you’ll be able to leverage a network to help you advance.
SPEA’s program is the premier interdisciplinary program. One of the key attributes is the flexibility with which students can pursue their research interests. We have a wide range of interests—including health policy, public finance, economic development, nonprofit management, politics, and environmental policy—but all of us are drawn together in SPEA’s rigorous methodological approach to conducting research that can meaningfully contribute to our fields and influence policy.—Adam Abelkop, Ph.D.’14