Public affairs

Master of public affairs University of Missouri
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Overview

The University of Missouri has offered public service education for over 50 years. 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.

Quick facts

Official name

Master of public affairs

Campus

University of Missouri

Program type

Master's degree

Academic home

Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs

Delivery mode

100% online

Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission; Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration

Credit hours

30

Estimated cost

$13,606.50

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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Career prospects

Potential careers

  • Public administration
  • Social services
  • Government relations
  • Policy analysis
  • Public health management
  • Non-profit management
Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook data for emergency management directors, administrative services managers and top executives.
6%–8%
Employment growth
Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook data for emergency management directors, administrative services managers and top executives.
$67,000–$111,230
Median salary

Program structure

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

Classes are eight weeks long. Students typically take one class each 8-week session and finish the program in about two years.

Course work includes

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

Delivery

100% online

Calendar system

8 weeks

Typical program length

2 years

Typical course load

1 class per 8 week session

Earn a dual master’s degree

With this program, you can concurrently earn one of the following degrees:

The programs have separate applications and require a minimum of 12 hours of shared 8000-level or above graduate credit. Learn more about the academic process for dual master’s degree students at the Mizzou Graduate School website.

Accreditation

The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The MPA program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs