Global Public Affairs

The Graduate Certificate in Global Public Affairs provides students with the background needed to understand the global issues facing the contemporary world in order to be competitive candidates for positions in nonprofits, interest groups, and government agencies. As organizations work to address contemporary policy issues, they continue to seek managers and analysts who understand the processes and implications of globalization and who are knowledgeable about cultural, political and economic diversity and linkages.

Because this certificate focuses on acquiring an understanding of cultural differences as well as academic knowledge relevant to public affairs, both coursework and international experience are required components.


  • PUB_AF 8001: Comparative and Global Governance
  • The student will select three graduate-level elective courses (from the Truman School or another MU graduate unit) in consultation with the certificate coordinator. Elective Truman School courses that count toward the certificate are:
    • PUB_AF 8630: Organizational Change in a Community and Global Context
    • PUB_AF 8850: Policies and Institutions of the European Union
    • PUB_AF 8860: International Comparative Rural Policy Studies