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Master of Public Affairs

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: Priority admission and funding consideration are given to applications received by January 15.
Spring deadline: November 15
Late submissions considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in last 60 hours
  • Admission to the MPA program is competitive and open to students holding baccalaureate degrees from accredited institutions and meeting admissions standards of the Truman School of Public Affairs and the Office of Graduate Studies.

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

Minimum GRE Scores

When did you take the GRE? Verbal + Quantitative
Prior to August 1, 2011 1000
On or after August 1, 2011 298

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

  • 3 letters of recommendation (use form provided by department)
  • Resume
  • Statement of interest
  • GRE score report (GRE alternatives accepted: LSAT and GMAT scores will be considered)
  • TOEFL or IELTS report (required of applicants whose native language is not English)
  • Statement of Career Eligibility (required for professionals applying for the mid-career and mid-career online options) 

Admission Contact Information

Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs
101 Middlebush Hall
Columbia, Missouri 65211