Specialized Study

Design a Specialized Concentration to meet your unique goals

If your educational and professional goals are not met by one of our existing concentrations, you can work with one (or more) of our faculty advisors to design a Specialized Concentration to help accomplish your goals.

How to create your Specialized Concentration

Stop in the SPEA Records Office, room 260C, to pick up and complete a form that specifies the courses that will make up your Specialized Concentration. You’ll need to have this form signed by your faculty advisor and your faculty program director. You’ll need to submit your completed form—and have it approved—prior to enrolling in your relevant courses.

When designing your Specialized Concentration, we encourage you to take SPEA courses whenever possible. MPA-JD and MSES-JD concentrations require a minimum of 12 credit hours. All other Specialized Concentrations involve a minimum of 18 credit hours. Although you must name your Specialized Concentration, the name will not appear on your IU transcripts—it will read “Specialized.”

Specialized Concentration course cluster examples

Sample MSES Specialized Concentration

  • E 515 Fundamentals of Air Pollution
  • E 520 Environmental Toxicology
  • E 549 Environmental Planning
  • E 555 Topics in Environmental Science
  • E 560 Environmental Risk Analysis
  • E 579 Readings in Environmental Science

Sample MPA-MSES Specialized Concentration

  • P 541 Benefit Cost Analysis of Public and Environmental Policies
  • R 625 Environmental Economics and Policy
  • R 643 Natural Resource Management and Policy
  • E 455 Limnology
  • E 537 Environmental Chemistry Laboratory
  • BUS-K 520 Introduction to Operations Research
  • BUS-K 610 Topics Mathematical Programming

Sample MSES-JD Specialized Concentration

  • E 515 Fundamentals of Air Pollution
  • E 520 Environmental Toxicology
  • E 528 Forest Ecology and Management
  • E 560 Environmental Risk Analysis
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