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Officially approved as:

Stand Alone:  Yes

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 of Government and Public Affairs 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.

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Admission Criteria

Application Deadlines

Entrance TermApply byClasses begin
SpringNovember 1January
Spring, second 8-week sessionFebruary 1March/April
SummerMay 1June
FallJuly 1August
Fall, second 8-week sessionSeptember 1October

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 Graduate Certificate Program

  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume or CV
  • Public Affairs Application (built into the Graduate School online application)