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 MPA is an interdisciplinary degree, meaning students will learn from economists, political scientists, business leaders and many other faculty with diverse backgrounds who are leaders in their fields.

Graduation Rates:

  • 60% of our students graduated within 100% of the program length (based on the 2010-2011 MPA cohort).  For traditional on-campus MPA students, 58% graduated within 100% of program length, and 61% of mid-career MPA students graduated within 100% of program length.
  • 83% of our students graduated within 200% of the program length (based on the 2010-2011 MPA cohort). For traditional on-campus MPA students, 77% graduated within 200% of program length, and 85% of mid-career MPA students graduated wtihin 200% of program length.

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 three options for getting your MPA from Mizzou:

Questions about the MPA? Ask a Truman School student.

MPA Handbook August 2016 (PDF)