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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.
Official nameMaster of public affairs
CampusUniversity of Missouri
Program typeMaster's degree
Academic homeHarry S Truman School of Public Affairs
Delivery mode100% online
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission; Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration
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- Public administration
- Social services
- Government relations
- Policy analysis
- Public health management
- Non-profit management
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
Calendar system8 weeks
Typical program length2 years
Typical course load1 class per 8 week session
Earn a dual master’s degree
With this program, you can concurrently earn one of the following degrees:
- Master of library and information science
- Master of public health with an emphasis in:
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.
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).