Apply-MPA Program

Deadlines

  • Deadline for Fall semester: January 15 for priority GRA funding offers.
    • Applications after this date will continue to be evaluated on a rolling basis.
      • Note: an application is complete when all of the required materials listed below are received.
  • Deadline for Spring semester: November 15.
    • Applications after this date will continue to be evaluated on a rolling basis.
      • Note: an application is complete when all of the required materials listed below are received.

Requirements

Applicants should have:

Minimum 3.0 GPA;

  • Competitive GRE scores (the GRE is not required for our mid-career programs);
  • TOEFL internet-based test: minimum score of 80 (minimum of 17 in each section);
  • IELTS test: minimum score of 6.5 (minimum of 6 in each section).

Apply

You will submit the following items through the Graduate Schools online application system.

  • $65 for domestic students
  • $90 for international students
  • Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application.
  • If you are accepted by the Truman School, you will be asked to provide official transcripts to the MU Office of Graduate Studies.
  • It is recommended that you upload unofficial reports with the rest of your materials to ensure a timely review of your application. In addition, you will be required to send official scores to the Graduate Studies office.
  • Applicants to our traditional on-campus program must submit an official GRE score report from Educational Testing Services (ETS).
  • GRE scores are only valid for five years after the year in which the test was taken.

Test codes:

  • University of Missouri Institution Code: 6875
  • Public Affairs Department Code: 4801

Please schedule tests far enough in advance that your scores will be available by the deadline.

Include:

  • why you wish to pursue an MPA;
  • a brief biographical statement;
  • a description of volunteer and leadership experiences;
  • an explanation of lapses in employment or schooling;
  • any other information you feel might support your application.

Please include all relevant work and volunteer experience.

  • You can send requests for recommendations to your letter writers through the online application system.
  • At least two letters should come from academic sources.

Describe your professional experience as it is related to public affairs and how you have progressed in the field (250-350 words). Examples of topics to address include:

  • positions you’ve held and for how long (include full-time and part-time work and internships);
  • duties you performed and responsibilities held in each position;
  • how you’ve progressed in terms of promotion or increased responsibilities so far in your career;
  • a reflection on how your work experience relates to the field of public affairs;
  • what each experience taught you about public service.

Applicants are only eligible for the mid-career and mid-career online option if they have more than three years of progressively responsible experience related to public affairs.

If you are applying for the mid-career option with courses primarily in Jefferson City, please select:

  • Degree/Delivery: Masters- On Campus
  • Academic Program: Public Affairs/Mid-Career Focus (MPA)

If you are applying for the mid-career online option, please select:

  • Degree/Delivery: Masters- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)

If you are applying for the Global Management Option, please select:

  • Degree/Delivery: Masters-On Campus
  • Academic Program: Public Affairs/Global Management Focus (MPA)

Funding

Graduate Research Assistantships through the Truman School

If you are interested in a Graduate Assistantship through the Truman School, you can apply during the online process.  Most funding opportunities are for first-year students beginning in the fall.  To be considered, students must apply to the Truman School by January 15.  Funding decisions are made separately from admissions decisions.  Award recipients will be notified by late March or Early April. 

MPA students awarded a GRA receive a waiver of tuition.  Quarter-time (0.25 FTE) employment appointments have a stipend of $8,194.  Half-time (0.5 FTE) employment appointments have a stipend of $16,388 (amounts indicated are for the 2018/2019 academic year).  Students are expected to work 10 hours (0.25 FTE) or 20 hours (0.5 FTE) per week.  The GRA includes a partial health insurance waiver.

For international MPA Students

When you receive your official acceptance notification from the Office of Graduate Studies, you will be able to fill out the enrollment form in the online application system.  This will prompt the International Center and the Office of Graduate Studies to issue an I-20.  For questions about the status of your I-20, please contact your graduate admissions advisor.

Other funding opportunities

Many Truman School students hold assistantships with other academic and student services offices at MU.  Contact any departments or programs that interest you to ask about available assistantships.  You can also check Hire Mizzou Tigers for open positions.  (You must have a pawprint and password to access this site).  If offered an assistantship, be sure to confirm that it includes a tuition waiver and partial insurance subsidy.

The Office of Graduate Studies has helpful information about financing your graduate studies on their website.  The Student Financial Aid website has information on loans In addition, there are several scholarships administered by other entities for which Truman School students may be eligible.  For more information, visit our Scholarships page.

Application Status

  • You can track the receipt of your letters of recommendation and transcripts through the Online Application system.
  • After you are accepted to the Truman School, your academic credentials will undergo a formal review by the Office of Graduate Studies, who will then evaluate your application to MU.
  • We will notify you of the status of your application by email.
  • Please allow two to three weeks after notification for your official acceptance email from the Graduate Studies office to arrive.

Deferring Your Application

  • Per MU Office of Graduate Studies rules, your application is valid for three terms (e.g. if you apply for the fall term, your application is valid for the fall, spring, and summer terms).
  • If you choose to defer your application past three terms, you would need to reapply to the Office of Graduate Studies and pay the application fee again.

After You’re Accepted

Once you’ve been admitted:

  • You will receive communications from the Office of Graduate Studies about your admission, setting up your student account, etc. within two to three weeks of your acceptance. This will include a link to accept your admission.
  • For traditional on campus students, you will receive an email containing information about our new student orientation session, class schedules, registration, etc. in late July or late December, depending on the semester you begin.
  • Plan to attend our orientation before classes start (all on-campus and international students are required to attend; the orientation is optional for mid-career students).
  • We will also be holding a Welcome BBQ the Friday before classes begin in August. All all new students, returning students, faculty and staff are invited and encouraged to attend!

Transfer Credit

  • With the approval of the MPA Committee, you may transfer up to nine credit hours into the traditional on-campus program, or up to six credit hours for the mid-career option.
  • Transferred credits must be from graduate-level courses, and you must submit an official transcript from the credit-granting institution to the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Transfer credits must be approved by the MPA Committee by submitting the course substitution and waiver request form (PDF).
  • Up to 12 credit hours of Truman School courses taken as post-baccalaureate, or 9 credits taken as a certificate student, may transfer into the master’s program.