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Consistently ranked among the top programs in public affairs, administration, and policy, the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs offers an online master of public affairs degree that will help you take your career to the next level. Designed for public service professionals at all levels and from diverse backgrounds, this 33-hour degree program is 100 percent online.

Alumni from our program are working at all levels of local, state and federal government, nonprofit agencies and non-governmental public service entities. Our alumni are leaders who effectively combine their academic knowledge and professional experience to achieve successful careers.

Leadership in Public Service

The demand for leaders who can work collaboratively across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to bring about positive change has never been greater. The Truman School's online MPA will provide the knowledge and skills needed to contribute to a rapidly changing public service and help you learn new ways to accomplish meaningful change. If you're committed to making a difference for the public good and want to expand your knowledge and skill, this program could be for you. Our goal is to help you excel in the areas of:

  • ethical leadership
  • organizational dynamics and leadership
  • social entrepreneurship
  • collaborative governance
  • public policy strategy
  • economic analysis
  • financial management
  • research methods

Built for you

You can take a course load that will allow you to finish the program within two years, but students can progress at their own pace. The online MPA is designed to allow working professionals to balance their career and family obligations while pursuing higher education.

You will learn with faculty and practitioners who also teach in the on-campus programs. You'll interact with your instructors and fellow students as you use our online platform to network and discuss course material.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates are advancing into management and leadership positions; and some are switching careers. Mizzou alumni are finding success in a variety of careers within the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Some job titles include:

  • Policy analysts
  • City managers
  • Grant writers
  • Executive directors
  • Government Relations Managers
  • Lobbyists
  • Public health managers
  • Social service agency directors
  • Consultants
  • Police chiefs
  • Higher education administrator
Michelle Kemp
Public Affairs (MPA)

Michelle Kemp believes in the importance of lifelong learning. The online format allowed her to pursue her master's in public affairs from MU while balancing her career with her commitments to her family.

Amy Luebbers
Public Affairs (MPA)

With an already busy work, home and family life, Amy knew that attending a traditional university wasn't a viable solution for her. Taking courses online gave her the needed flexibility to earn her master in public affairs.