The University of Missouri (MU) Board of Curators established the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs in 2001 with the goal of providing education for ethical leadership in public service. The school is located on the main MU campus in Columbia, Missouri. The Truman School MPA is an interdisciplinary degree that is taught by faculty with diverse backgrounds who are leaders in their individual fields. The school offers both a pre-service MPA program designed for recent college graduates as well as an in-service program for mid-career professionals. Both programs offer courses on the MU campus and in Jefferson City, capital of the state of Missouri.
University of Missouri – Truman MPA Curriculum
The Truman MPA degree is designed for completion by full-time students in two years. The core curriculum consists of 27 credit hours of courses that are intended to provide a strong foundation in public policy, ethics, leadership, research methods and economic analysis. A capstone course that includes an applied project is the culmination of the core curriculum. With a foundation of knowledge and skills in place, students are prepared to complete 15 credit hours in an area of specialization. Finally, a required internship with a public or nonprofit organization provides Truman School MPA students with the opportunity to gain public service experience and to being to build a network of professional connections. For the in-service option, the capstone applied project and internship requirements are waived. The number of required credits is also reduced for this option, from 45 to 33 credit hours.
University of Missouri – Truman MPA Specializations
The Truman School offers two MPA areas of specialization:
- Public and Nonprofit Policy: This specialization prepares students for public service careers as managers and leaders in nonprofit and community-based organizations, in the private sector and in government agencies at all levels. Students will acquire the analytical and managerial tools needed to deliver public services within budget, prioritize community needs and make effective use of public resources.
- Public Policy: MPA students who complete this specialization are equipped with the knowledge and skills required to succeed in a policy environment. Coursework includes policy process theory, policy analysis methodology and program evaluation. Students also have the opportunity to focus on a specific policy area, such as environment, health, education, social policy or regional development.
For each specialization, MPA students complete two required courses and three additional courses that are aligned with their professional goals.
University of Missouri – Truman MPA Tuition
Tuition for graduate students at the University of Missouri is based on a student’s enrolled credit hours. For residents of Missouri, the cost per credit can be found on the website. Full-time students are subject to fees for healthcare, facilities and activities.
University of Missouri – Truman MPA Admissions
Prospective MPA students can apply online for the fall or spring semester. In addition to the online application, all additional materials, including a resume and three recommendations, should be uploaded from the Apply Yourself website. Each student is also required to provide a statement of interest that conveys his or her reasons for pursuing a graduate degree and plans for a future public service career.