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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 a busy work schedule and family life, Amy Luebbers 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.

Quick facts

  • Program type: Master’s degree
  • Academic home: Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 33
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission; Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration
  • Estimated program cost: $13,724.37*

* This price is for illustrative purposes only and is based on academic year 2018 information. It includes standard in-state graduate tuition of $352.60 per credit hour plus $41.20 per-credit-hour Truman School supplemental fees and $13.20 per-credit-hour information technology fees. It does not include application fees, textbooks or course materials. Additional fees may apply. Course fees vary from department to department. Your actual costs may differ depending on your course choices. See more about tuition and financial aid.

Get the degree you deserve

A master’s degree in public affairs from MU can help you further your existing career in government or nonprofit public service. If you believe positive collaboration across the public, private and nonprofit sectors is the best way to serve society, this may be the degree for you.

Career prospects

6%–8%
Employment growth
$67,000–$111,230
Median salary

Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook data for emergency management directors, administrative services managers and top executives.

Potential careers

  • Public administration
  • Social services
  • Government relations
  • Policy analysis
  • Public health management
  • Non-profit management

Program structure and topics

The online master’s in public affairs is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Classes are nine weeks long. Students typically take one class each 9-week session and finish the program in two years.

Course work covers

  • Ethical leadership
  • Organizational dynamics and leadership
  • Collaborative governance
  • Public policy strategy
  • Economic analysis
  • Financial management

In-state tuition rates

As a distance learner in a University of Missouri graduate program, you qualify for in-state tuition rates, regardless of where you live.

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This program is administered by the Truman School of Public Affairs.

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