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Doctorate in Public Affairs

The Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri offers an interdisciplinary PhD in Public Affairs that prepares graduates for careers in universities, colleges and applied research settings in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Students complete core sequences in public policy and management as well as research methods, and specializations tailored to students’ research interests. For more information, please contact Dr. Irma Arteaga, coordinator of the PhD program, at 573-882-2718 or .

Admission Criteria

  • Fall deadline: January 5
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • GRE scores above the 50th percentile in each of the quantitative, verbal and analytical writing sections

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet -based 80 17 17 17 17
TOEFL Paper-based 550 52 52 N/A 52
IELTS Academic 6.5 6 6 6 6

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.  
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Public Affairs program

  • Transcripts of all previous college or university education
  • Statement of Interest
  • Curriculum vitae/résumé
  • Writing sample
  • PhD Personal Data Sheet
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE Score Report
  • TOEFL or IELTS Score Report (required of applicants whose native language is not English): 
    • University of Missouri Institution Code: 6875
    • Public Affairs Department Code: 4801

Admission Contact Information

Coordinator of the PhD Program
Irma Arteaga