Public Affairs: Online Master's Degree
Master of Public Affairs (MPA)
Courses for this program are 100 percent online, taught by the same instructors who teach the on-campus MPA, and scheduled in 9-week terms.
Successful completion of the program requires seven core courses, two specialization courses and two electives. All courses are 3 credit hours each.
The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.
The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered.
Two courses in the mid-career program (PA 8185 and PA 8195) require prerequisites in statistics and microeconomics. Students who have taken undergraduate course work in statistics and microeconomics must have received a B- or better in these courses within the past five years. Students who have not completed the prerequisites in statistics and/or microeconomics must complete these prerequisite courses prior to enrolling in PA 8185 and PA 8195, respectively.
Prerequisites (do not count toward degree program)*
|ECONOM 1014 Principles of Microeconomics|
|STAT 1200 Introductory Statistical Reasoning|
|STAT 1300 Elementary Statistics or equivalent|
Core curriculum (21 credit hours)
|PUB_AF 8150 Collaborative Governance|
|PUB_AF 8160 Organizational Dynamics and Leadership|
|PUB_AF 8170 Public Policy Processes and Strategies|
|PUB_AF 8185 Research Methods and Inquiry in Public Affairs - Mid Career|
|PUB_AF 8195 Economic Analysis for Public Policy - Mid Career|
|PUB_AF 8210 Public Service and Democracy|
|PUB_AF 8530 Strategic Management of Public Service Organizations: People, Information and Money|
Specialization courses (6 credit hours)
|PUB_AF 8520 Human Resources Management and Development in Public and Nonprofit Sector|
|PUB_AF 8720 Budgeting and Financial Management in the Nonprofit Sector|
|PUB_AF 8510 Public Budgeting and Taxation|
Electives (6 credit hours)
|PUB_AF 8540 Local Government Management|
|PUB_AF 8710 The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector|
|PUB_AF 8610 Group Dynamics and Conflict Resolution|
|PUB_AF 8620 Organizational Analysis and Change|
|PUB_AF 8630 Organizational Change in a Community and Global Context|
|PUB_AF 8830 Grant Writing I|
The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Truman School is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).
How to apply
Fulfill the admission requirements:
- More than three years of progressively responsible experience related to public affairs.
- Completed baccalaureate or advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
- If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
- GRE scores are not required.
Mark your calendar
Online MPA courses are offered in 9-week sessions. Submit your application in time.
|Apply by||Classes begin|
|May 1||June (Summer)|
Gather your papers
Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:
- Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
- TOEFL or IELTS score reports for applicants whose native language is not English.
- Statement of interest describing why you wish to pursue an MPA, your volunteer and leadership experiences, any lapses in employment or schooling, plus a short biographical statement and any other information you feel might support your application.
- Statement of career eligibility: (250-350 words) describing your professional experience related to public affairs and progress in the field. Some examples of topics to address:
- Discussion of positions you have held and for how long.
- Discussion of duties you performed in your job, and the responsibilities held.
- Elaboration on how you have progressed in terms of promotion or increased responsibilities.
- Reflection on how your work experience relates to the field of public affairs. (This is especially important for applicants who have work experience in fields that don't seem directly related to public affairs.)
- What has your experience taught you about public service?
- Résumé or CV demonstrating more than three years of progressively responsible experience related to public affairs.
- Three letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of three people who can attest to your professional competence, academic preparation and potential for graduate work. Graduate Studies will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
Complete the online application
Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.
- Upload the above documents in the online application.
- Degree/Delivery: Masters- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
- Academic Program: Public Affairs Master of Public Affairs/Online (MPA)
- TOEFL or IELTS scores: Institution Code 6875 (if applicable)
For information about academic issues or course content, please contact
This program is administered by the Truman School of Public Affairs.