Apply-MPA Program


  • 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 a minimum 3.0 GPA. All non-native English-speaking applicants are required to provide proof of English language ability to satisfy the requirements found on the on the MU Graduate School webpage.


You will submit the following items through the Graduate Schools online application system.

  • $75 for domestic students
  • $100 for international students

The Graduate School will pay the application fee for participants in select preparatory or service programs (e.g. McNair Scholars, Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) Program participants, NIH PREP Scholars, Peace Corps, etc.).

The Graduate School will pay the application fee for U.S. military veterans or current service members. Acceptable documentation include a copy of your active duty orders if you are currently serving or a copy of your DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty if you are a veteran.

  • Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application.
  • If you are accepted by the Truman School, you will be asked to provide official transcripts to the MU Office of Graduate Studies.

Please review the MU Graduate School website for a list of acceptable tests.

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.


  • 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.

Please include all relevant work and volunteer experience.

  • You can send requests for recommendations to your letter writers through the online application system.
  • At least two letters should come from academic sources.

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.

If you are applying for the online option, please select:

  • Degree/Delivery: Masters- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)

If you are applying for the Global Management Option, please select:

  • Degree/Delivery: Masters-On Campus
  • Academic Program: Public Affairs/Global Management Focus (MPA)

The GRE is NOT required. If you wish to submit a GRE Score Report, you may do so through the online portal.


    Graduate Research Assistantships through the Truman School

    If you are interested in a Graduate Assistantship through the Truman School, you can apply during the online process.  Most funding opportunities are for first-year students beginning in the fall.  To be considered, students must apply to the Truman School by January 15.  Funding decisions are made separately from admissions decisions.  Award recipients will be notified by late March or Early April. 

    MPA students awarded a GRA receive a waiver of tuition.  Quarter-time (0.25 FTE) employment appointments have a stipend of $8,194.  Half-time (0.5 FTE) employment appointments have a stipend of $16,388 (amounts indicated are for the 2018/2019 academic year).  Students are expected to work 10 hours (0.25 FTE) or 20 hours (0.5 FTE) per week.  The GRA includes a partial health insurance waiver.

    For international MPA Students

    When you receive your official acceptance notification from the Office of Graduate Studies, you will be able to fill out the enrollment form in the online application system.  This will prompt the International Center and the Office of Graduate Studies to issue an I-20.  For questions about the status of your I-20, please contact your graduate admissions advisor.

    Other funding opportunities

    Many Truman School students hold assistantships with other academic and student services offices at MU.  Contact any departments or programs that interest you to ask about available assistantships.  You can also check Hire Mizzou Tigers for open positions.  (You must have a pawprint and password to access this site).  If offered an assistantship, be sure to confirm that it includes a tuition waiver and partial insurance subsidy.

    The Office of Graduate Studies has helpful information about financing your graduate studies on their website.  The Student Financial Aid website has information on loans In addition, there are several scholarships administered by other entities for which Truman School students may be eligible.  For more information, visit our Scholarships page.

    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. Once admitted, contact your advisor to request assistance with getting transfer credits approved.
    • 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.