MPA in Public Affairs
MU Truman School of Public Affairs students study with outstanding faculty, who are talented teachers as well as active, nationally recognized scholars. Policy forums, round-tables with policy makers, lectures by distinguished visiting scholars, and research symposia also enrich student learning. Small classes taught both on campus and in Jefferson City, the state’s capital, make for a lively learning environment. The Truman School MPA program provides a balance of public service values, interpersonal and analytic skills, and a thorough knowledge of administrative and policy processes.
Consisting of 45 hours of graduate work, the MPA program includes a core (27 hours), an area of specialization (15 hours) and an internship (3 hours). The areas of specialization are Nonprofit and Public Management, and Public Policy.
Students with significant public service experience may have some courses waived, making the MPA program 33 hours for them. The MPA’s Mid-Career option is available to students with 3-5 years of public service experience.
Sample Plan of Study
|PUB_AF 8150||Collaborative Governance||3|
|PUB_AF 8160||Organizational Dynamics and Leadership||3|
|PUB_AF 8170||Public Policy Processes and Strategies||3|
|PUB_AF 8180||Research Methods and Inquiry in Public Affairs I||3|
|PUB_AF 8181||Research Methods and Inquiry in Public Affairs II||3|
|PUB_AF 8190||Economic Analysis for Public Affairs||3|
|PUB_AF 8210||Public Service and Democracy||3|
|PUB_AF 8530||Strategic Management of Public Service Organizations: People, Information and Money||3|
|PUB_AF 8211||MPA Capstone (Applied Project)||3|
During the summer after their first year in the program, students without significant public sector work experience are required to complete a public service internship. Interns apply what they have learned during the first year in the program, plus they gain practical experience that enables deeper learning during second-year classes.
Application and Admission Information
Admission to the Master of Public Affairs Program
101 Middlebush Hall, Columbia, Missouri 65211
Fall deadline: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority funding consideration given to those applications received by January 15.
Spring deadline: Priority admission consideration is given to applications received by November 15
- Minimum GPA: 3.0 in last 60 hours
- Minimum TOEFL scores:
- iBT: 80
- CBT: 213
- PBT: 550
- Minimum preferred GRE scores:
- Prior to August 2012: 1000 (combined)
- After August 2012: 300 (combined)
Admission to the MPA program is competitive and open to students holding baccalaureate degrees from accredited institutions and meeting admissions standards of the Truman School of Public Affairs and the Graduate School.
Required Application Materials
To the Office of Graduate Studies:
To the Truman School MPA Program:
- 3 letters of recommendation (at least two academic-focused)
- GRE score report (GRE alternatives accepted: LSAT and GMAT scores will be considered). Not required for Mid-Career applicants
- Statement of Interest
- Statement of Career Eligibility (required for Mid-Career and Mid-Career Online applicants only)
- Unofficial transcripts
Financial Aid From the Program
To be considered for funding from the Truman School (including a Graduate Research Assistantship and scholarships), please arrange to have all of your application materials submitted by the January 15 deadline and include a GRA application in your supplemental application materials. Contact the Truman School at (573) 884-1656 or visit truman.missouri.edu/degrees-programs/funding for more details.