Master of Public Affairs

Students come to us with the desire to change the world. We give them the practical knowledge and skills to make a difference for people, organizations and communities.

The University of Missouri has offered public service education for over 50 years.  Established in 2001, the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs advances the study and practice of governance in Missouri, the nation and the world.  In 2017, the Truman School became part of the University’s College of Arts and Science, further enhancing our ability to collaborate with a wide-range of academic departments.  The mission of the Truman School’s MPA Program is to prepare a diverse student body for ethical leadership in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.  With 14 TSPA, 26 affiliated and 8 adjunct faculty members, the MPA program draws upon the interdisciplinary teaching, research and public service capacity of the Truman School, the University as a whole and practitioners to provide students with a range of perspectives and experiences that promote public service values and democratic discourse. Through their coursework, students build knowledge of policy processes and management principles and develop critical thinking and analytic skills that enable them to advance in careers in a rapidly changing public service.

Our goals are to:

  • Offer a comprehensive set of core and specialization courses that build a strong theoretical foundation in public affairs, policy, and management, develop rigorous analytic skills, and provide opportunities for practical application of knowledge, skills, and competencies to significant public policy and management issues.
  • Ensure students gain hands-on experiences and engage with public and nonprofit organizations as an integral part of the program.
  • Promote public service values across the curriculum and provide opportunities for experiential application of these values.
  • Promote a respect for diversity by exposing students to national and international scholars, governmental and nonprofit leaders, and students from various countries who exemplify public service values.
  • Provide students with the skills to critically analyze, evaluate, propose, and facilitate solutions that address the dynamic challenges facing the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Fall 2017 MPA enrollment was 182.  MPA graduation rates are as follows (based on the 2012-2013 MPA cohorts):

  • Overall, 71% of MPA students completed the program within 2 years, and 80% completed the program within 3 years.
    • 78% of traditional on campus students completed the program within 2 years, and 87% completed the program within 3 years.
    • 59% of mid-career students completed the program within 2 years, and 68% completed the program within 3 years.
    • Note: our online program was not in existence for the 2012-2013 entering cohort.

Our students don’t have to wait until graduation to start making a difference. They gain hands-on experience through capstone projects, during internships and through the Grant Writing Program.

There are several options for getting your MPA from Mizzou:

The Global Management option is for applicants sponsored by an international institution with which the Truman School has a memorandum of agreement (Korea Government, Korea University, KDI Policy School):

Questions about the MPA? Ask a Truman School Student Ambassador

2017-2018 MPA Handbook

MU Course Catalog: Public Affairs courses

For information on costs, please refer to the University’s Office of Cashiers.