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The Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs offers master’s and doctoral degrees in the theory and practice of public and nonprofit management, public policy, and organizational change. MPA students are prepared for careers in a new public service that spans government, nonprofit, and private sectors. PhD students are trained for careers in academic and research institutions.

Degrees Offered

Global Public Affairs Graduate Certificate

On Campus

Officially approved as:

Stand Alone:  Yes
Degree Dependent:   No

Total Credit Hours:  12

Certificate description: As organizations work to address contemporary policy issues,they continue  to seek managers and analysts who understand the processes and implications  of globalization and who are knowledgeable  about cultural, political and economic diversity and linkages. This certificate  focuses on acquiring an understanding of cultural  differences as well as academic knowledge relevant to public affairs. Both coursework and international experience are required  components.  All students must complete the required  course and three additional graduate-level courses related to Global Public Affairs as approved by the Director  of the Global Certificate.  To fulfill the requirement of experience abroad, students must demonstrate significant international experience through such activities as student exchange, coursework, internship, Peace Corps, or similar work.  The Truman School and the University  of Missouri offer such opportunities, though in some cases, this requirement can be fulfilled based on  experience prior to enrolling in the Truman School or MU.

Certificate web site:
http://truman.missouri.edu/degrees-programs/certificates/

For information about certificate, contact:
Truman School of Public Affairs

Email:   
Phone:  (573) 884-1656
Address:    101 Middlebush Hall, Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO    65211

Grantsmanship Graduate Certificate

100% Online

Officially approved as:     

Stand Alone:  Yes  
Degree Dependent:   
Yes

Total Credit Hours:  12

Certificate description: The Truman School offers the only graduate grant writing certificate program in the country. Students learn to write grant proposals and manage grant-funded programs effectively. Learn winning grant writing techniques and proper grant management with this four-course graduate certificate in grantsmanship. As a completely online certificate program, our program is well-suited for a variety of audiences, including both working professionals, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. Community-based professionals in nonprofit organizations, employees of state and local government, educators in K-12 settings, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and young faculty members–anyone working in or seeing careers with organizations and activities that are dependent on external funding will benefit from this program. Students with graduate standing in any field are eligible to enroll. Students do not need to be enrolled in a specific graduate degree program to participate in the program.

Certificate web site:
http://truman.missouri.edu/degrees-programs/certificates/

For information about certificate, contact:
Truman School of Public Affairs

Email:  Phone: (573) 884-1656
Address: 101 Middlebush Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Nonprofit Management Graduate Certificate

100% Online On Campus

Officially approved as:     

Stand Alone:  Yes  
Degree Dependent:   
No

Total Credit Hours:  12

Certificate description: The graduate certificate in nonprofit management provides students with the managerial, fiduciary, and analytical tools necessary for leadership of nonprofit entities. The goal is to develop and hone skills that can be used to achieve organizational missions uniquely aimed at serving the interests of the community.

Certificate web site:
http://truman.missouri.edu/degrees-programs/certificates/

For information about certificate, contact:
Truman School of Public Affairs

Email:  
Phone: 
 (573) 884-1656
Address:  101 Middlebush Hall     University of Missouri Columbia, MO 65211

Organizational Consulting and Change Graduate Certificate

100% Online On Campus

(Formally the Organizational Change Certificate)

Officially approved as:     

Stand Alone:  Yes  
Degree Dependent:   
No

Total Credit Hours:  12

Certificate description: The graduate certificate in organizational change is a multi-disciplinary and multi-sector approach to the theory and practice of transforming organizations and communities in a technologically advanced and global economy. Students will have an opportunity to develop knowledge and competencies appropriate to the advanced study and diagnosis of evolving and emerging organizations and communities in the public, private, and nonprofit arena. They will find a curriculum supportive of careers in academics, management, and consulting.

Certificate web site:
http://truman.missouri.edu/degrees-programs/certificates/

For information about certificate, contact:
Truman School of Public Affairs

Email:  
Phone: 
 (573) 884-1656
Address: 
101 Middlebush Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO  65211

Public Management Graduate Certificate

100% Online On Campus

Officially approved as:

Stand Alone:   Yes  
Degree Dependent:   
No

Total Credit Hours:  12 

Certificate description: To advance in careers in state and local government, public managers need to be effective leaders who manage resources ethically and responsibly. Public management certificate students improve their skills for managing people, budgets, and more effective organizations overall.

Certificate website:
http://truman.missouri.edu/degrees-programs/certificates/

For information about certificate, contact:
Truman School of Public Affairs

Email:      
Phone: 
 (573) 884-1656
Address:  101 Middlebush Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211

Public Policy Graduate Certificate

On Campus

(Formally the Science and Public Policy Certificate)

Officially approved as:     

Stand Alone:  Yes  
Degree Dependent:   
Yes

Total Credit Hours:  12 

Certificate description: The public policy specialization offers students a strong foundation in the skills necessary to work effectively in the policy environment.  Students in the public policy specialization learn theories of the policy process, quantitative and qualitative research methods to analyze policy, and program evaluation.  Students also have the opportunity to gain expertise in specific policy areas including education policy, environmental policy, health policy, social policy, and regional development policy.

Certificate web site:
http://truman.missouri.edu/degrees-programs/certificates/

For information about certificate, contact:
Truman School of Public Affairs

Email:    
Phone:  (573) 884-1656
Address:  101 Middlebush Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211

Doctorate in Public Affairs

On Campus

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 TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

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

Master of Public Affairs

100% Online On Campus

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 TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Minimum GRE Scores

When did you take the GRE?Verbal + Quantitative
Prior to August 1, 20111000
On or after August 1, 2011298

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)