Student organizations provide opportunities to deepen learning experiences, through conversation, events, and support. While there are many organizations students may join at the University of Missouri, the Truman School hosts a variety of organizations for students interested in the fields of political science and public policy.

Graduate Association of Political Scientists (GAPS)

GAPS is the student organization for graduate students involved in political science degree programs. It hosts monthly meetings with informational sessions, seminars on health and wellness, professional development activities, and social activities.

Maintaining self-care is of utmost importance during stressful times in graduate school, so GAPS provides informational sessions on the variety of counseling services and fitness activities available on campus.

Association of Mizzou Public Affairs Students (AMPAS)

AMPAS provides graduate public affairs students the opportunity to build relationships and camaraderie through social gatherings and builds on formal studies with academic enrichment activities. Because public service is at the heart of what we do, AMPAS  also coordinates philanthropic activities among students and faculty. Examples of this work include raising funds for local charities, participating in community-wide volunteer events, and organizing Mizzou Alternative Breaks outings.

Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society for college and university students of political science in the United States. MU's chapter is Gamma Zeta, was founded in 1955. In 2009, a sister organization, Political Science Club, was created at MU to create a political science community.

We meet every other Wednesday at 6:30pm in Middlebush 212. Throughout the semester, we will meet with political science faculty, hear guest lectures, and discuss relevant political topics. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Cassie Marks at

We welcome students from all majors and backgrounds, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Pi Alpha Alpha

Pi Alpha Alpha is the global honor society for public affairs and administration. Its purpose is to encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public affairs and administration. Eligible graduate public affairs students are invited to join in their graduating semester.