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Public Affairs, Doctor of Philosophy

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.

Admission Criteria

  • Fall deadline: January 4
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • GRE scores above the 50th percentile in each of the quantitative, verbal and analytical writing sections

Minimum Language Requirements

Click here to view the minimum English language proficiency test scores

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School 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 (built into the Graduate School online application)
  • 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