Graduate Certificate Description

A graduate certificate allows students to gain expertise in a specific area without having to commit to a graduate degree program. Because of this, certificate programs are often an attractive option for recent graduates and experienced professionals.

MU graduate students in any degree program — including Truman School MPA and PhD students — can complete a certificate while pursuing a degree.

The Truman School offers seven graduate certificate programs, each requiring four courses (12 credit hours) of graduate study.

The Graduate Certificate in Community Processes offers graduate students and professionals a unique opportunity to develop expertise in how spatial and relational communities form and function in today’s society.

A vital part of the certificate is working in community facilitation processes or community analytical processes.

This certificate is offered jointly by the Departments of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Rural Sociology, Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs and the School of Law.

This certificate is for:

  • Graduate students seeking certification in addition to their degree program.
  • Professionals with at least a bachelor’s degree seeking a stand-alone graduate certificate for additional professional certification.

For more information, visit the Division of Applied Social Sciences Graduate Certificate in Community Processes page.

We offer one of the few online grant writing certificate programs in the country, making it easy to fit classes into a busy schedule.

This program is well-suited for:

  • Community-based professionals in nonprofit organizations, state and local government and educators in K-12 settings
  • Graduate and post-doctoral students and early-career faculty members wanting to become more competitive in research careers dependent on external funding.

Students will learn to write grant proposals and manage grant-funded programs.

The certificate can be completed online.

Successful nonprofit organizations today depend on their ability to compete effectively for resources, understand community needs and priorities and deliver appropriate services within budget.

This graduate certificate provides students with the managerial, fiduciary and analytical tools necessary to lead complex nonprofit organizations and help them serve the interests of their community.

The certificate can be completed online.

This program provides the administrative skills for ethical, effective leadership and management roles in the public service.

Students who complete the certificate will be well positioned to begin or advance a public service career, with many expecting to pursue management careers in state and local governments.

This certificate can be completed in Jefferson City, and it can also be completed online.

This certificate prepares students for careers at the intersection of science and public policy and gives them an understanding of the political context around policy decisions, particularly in areas of science, technology, health and the environment.

Students also learn about policy analysis, enabling them to better understand and potentially participate in science policy making.

This certificate provides students with comparative institutional and economic foundations, understanding of the complexities of governance and policy-making internationally, academic knowledge relevant to public affairs and applied international experience.

This certificate prepares students for careers at the intersection of science and public policy and gives them an understanding of the political context around policy decisions, particularly in areas of science, technology, health and the environment.

Students also learn about policy analysis, enabling them to better understand and potentially participate in science policy making.

**Note:  The Truman School is temporarily not accepting applications for certificate programs in Global Public Affairs and Organization Consulting & Change.

To Apply

Applications for certificate programs are accepted on a rolling basis. If you are applying less than six weeks before the semester you wish to start, you can call the Truman School at 573-884-1656 for more information.

For Non-MU or Non-active Students

If you are not an active MU non-degree-seeking or graduate student, you will need to apply through the Office of Graduate Studies online portal.  You must be admitted to the Office of Graduate Studies before you can enroll as a Truman School certificate student.  There is a non-refundable application fee ($65 domestic students/$95 international students). 

For Current or Active MU Students

If you are an active MU student email or mail a résumé and unofficial transcripts to:

Attn: Academic Programs
101 Middlebush Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65201
truman.missouri.edu