Empower excellence

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
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission; Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 30
  • Estimated program cost: $13,606.50*

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. 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

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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.

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