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BA in Public Administration and Policy

Degree Program Description

The BA in Public Administration and Policy within the Truman School of Government and Public Affairs is an on-campus, online, or hybrid program.  The degree will prepare students to think critically about problems facing public and nonprofit institutions, to develop and implement solutions to these problems, and to communicate effectively as future public servants. The curriculum melds the study of public administration, public policy, and communication to prepare students for careers in professional public service. 

Major Program Requirements

Students will need to complete 120 credit hours consisting of College of Arts and Science requirements, University of Missouri general education requirements, University graduation requirements, and the program requirements listed below to confer the degree.  

Core Curriculum12
Public Affairs Courses9
PUB_AF 1000Principles of Public Policy Administration3
POL_SC 4320Public Policy3
PUB_AF 4XXX Program Assessment and Improvement *3
Communication Courses6
COMMUN 3572Argument and Advocacy3
COMMUN 3460Organizational Advocacy3
COMMUN 4478Communication Competencies for a Diverse Workplace3
COMMUN 4473Political Communication3
COMMUN 4476Organizational Communication3
Elective Courses (at least 9 credits from Public Affairs, other courses approved as electives are listed below) ^9-24
PUB_AF 4175Early Childhood Policy3
PUB_AF 4340Regional and Economic Development Policy3
PUB_AF 4001Topics in Public Affairs3
PUB_AF 4700Social Entrepreneurship3
PUB_AF 4710The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector 3
PUB_AF 4540Local Government Management3
WGST 3240Nonprofit Work and the Pursuit of Social Justice3
BL_STU 4303Black Studies in Race, Class, Gender, and U.S. Policy3
SOCIOL 3230Education and Social Inequalities3
SOCIOL 3330Environmental Justice3
or PEA_ST 3330 Environmental Justice
POL_SC 4140Congress and Legislative Policy3
POL_SC 4370Law, Policy, and Regulation3
ECONOM 3367Law and Economics3
ECONOM 4315Public Economics3
ECONOM 4345Economics of Education3
ECONOM 4357Health Economics3
SRV_LRN 3028Civic Leaders Internship3-6

Accelerated BA to MPA in Public Affairs

An accelerated program provides students the opportunity to earn both a Bachelors and Masters degree within five years, rather than six years if pursued consecutively.  Many students approach their final year of undergraduate coursework well prepared for graduate study.  This accelerated program allows students to complete several courses toward the MPA in Public Affairs program during their final undergraduate semesters.  Students then complete the requirements for the MPA with one additional year of coursework. 

Total credits required for graduation must be at least 141 total credit hours:

  • Total undergraduate credit hours: 105
  • Total dual enrollment credit hours: 15 (taken at graduate level)
  • Total graduate credit hours: 21
Fourth Year (Dual Enrollment)15
PUB_AF 8110Introduction to Public and Nonprofit Management3
PUB_AF 8170Public Policy Processes and Strategies3
PUB_AF 8180Research Methods and Inquiry in Public Affairs I3
Graduate Electives 6
Fifth Year (as Graduate Student)21
PUB_AF 8181Research Methods and Inquiry in Public Affairs II3
PUB_AF 8280Public Affairs Internship3
PUB_AF 8210Public Service and Democracy3
PUB_AF 8211MPA Capstone (Applied Project)3
Graduate Electives6
Elective and Specialization Courses15
Public and Nonprofit Management Courses
PUB_AF 7340Regional and Economic Development Policy3
PUB_AF 7540Local Government Management3
PUB_AF 7710The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector3
PUB_AF 8150Collaborative Governance3
PUB_AF 8160Organizational Dynamics and Leadership3
PUB_AF 8510Public Budgeting and Taxation3
PUB_AF 8520Human Resources Management and Development in Public and Nonprofit Sector3
PUB_AF 8530Strategic Management of Public Service Organizations: People, Information and Money3
PUB_AF 8720Budgeting and Financial Management in the Nonprofit Sector3
Public Policy Courses
PUB_AF 7175Early Childhood Policy3
PUB_AF 7340Regional and Economic Development Policy3
PUB_AF 8171Environmental Policy3
PUB_AF 8190Economic Analysis for Public Affairs3
PUB_AF 8420Public Program Evaluation3
PUB_AF 8430Public Policy Analysis3

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Semester Plan

First Year
ENGLSH 10003MATH 1050, 1100, or STAT 12003
HIST 1400 or POL_SC 11003-5Second Language 1100 level4
PUB_AF 10003Behavioral Science3
Behavioral Science3WI course (1000+ level)3
 15-17 14
Second Year
Second Language 1200 level4Social Science Outside Major3
Humanities 2000+3Biological/Physical/Math3
Social Science Outside Major3Second Language 2100 level4
Elective2Diversity Requirement3
 15 16
Third Year
POL_SC 43203Elective for Major3
Biological/Physical Science with lab5Biological/Physical/Math3
Humanities 2000+ level3Humanities3
Social Science Outside Major 2000+3WI Course (3000+ level)3
Elective 1Communication3
 15 15
Fourth Year
Elective for Major3PUB_AF 4XXX (Program Assessment and Improvement)Under Development3
Elective for Major3Elective for Major3
Communication3Elective for Major3
 15 15
Total Credits: 120-122

Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree. 

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to https://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via https://www.transferology.com. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to https://registrar.missouri.edu/degrees-audits/degree-audits/.

Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center.  No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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