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Admission Criteria

  • 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 Graduate School.

On-Campus Program Deadlines

Entrance term Apply by Course work begins
Fall January 15* August
Spring November 15 January
  • *Priority admission and funding consideration are given to applications received by January 15.
  • Late submissions considered on a case-by-case basis.

Online Program Deadlines

Entrance term Apply by Course work begins
Spring November 1 January
Spring, second 8-week session March 1 March/April
Summer May 1 June
Fall July 1 August
Fall, second 8-week session September 1 October

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

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Statement of interest
  • 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)
  • Public Affairs application (built into the Graduate School application)
  • GRE score report (Optional)