• 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.



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).


Submit Online:

You will submit the following items through the Graduate School’s online application system.

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.)

  • Application fee:
    • $65 for domestic students
    • $90 for international students
  • Transcripts of all previous college or university education:
    • Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application.
    • If you are accepted by the department, you will be asked to provide official transcripts to the MU Office of Graduate Studies.
  • GRE Score Report (not required for mid-career program applicants):
    • 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.
  • TOEFL or IELTS Score Report (required of applicants whose native language is not English)
    • 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.
  • Statement of Interest
    • 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.
  • Résumé
  • Three Letters of Recommendation:
    • You can send requests for recommendations to your letter writers through the online application system.
    • At least two letters should come from academic sources.
  • Statement of Career Eligibility (required for professionals applying for the mid-career and mid-career online options):
    • 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.

Graduate Assistantship Application

You can also include your application for a GRA position in the Supplemental Documents of the online application.

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.