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#2021APPAM Spotlight: Truman School of Government & Public Affairs


The #2021APPAM Fall Research Conference will feature some fantastic sponsors from across the policy research spectrum. Today we're shining a spotlight on Truman School of Government & Public Affairs.

What types of programs does your school offer?

  • BA – Public Administration & Policy; Political Science
  • Masters – Public Affairs; Defense & Strategic Studies
  • PhD – Public Affairs; Political Science
  • Graduate Certificates – Nonprofit Management; Public Management; Public Policy; Organizational Change & Conflict Management; Global Public Affairs
  • Dual Masters Degrees – Law, Public Health, Health Administration, Library Science

What would you list as your school's greatest accomplishments in the last 5-10 years?

The University of Missouri has been offering public service education for over 100 years and has continually evolved over the decades to meet the needs of students. In the spring of 2021, we became the Truman School of Government and Public Affairs (formerly the Truman School of Public Affairs) . Embracing its interdisciplinary nature the new school will allow for expanded degree offerings: bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Public Administration and an MA in Defense and Strategic Studies in addition to its existing MPA and PhD programs in Public Affairs and Political Science. The School houses the Institute of Public Policy; and faculty serve as directors for the Kinder Institute of Constitutional Democracy and Institute of Korean Studies.

Why should potential students choose your school or program?

With a diverse mix of cutting-edge researchers and accomplished practitioners, Truman School faculty provide students with a strong academic foundation as well as valuable insights into the world of public service. The interdisciplinary nature of the faculty exposes students to a wide range of research areas and policy issues. A strong focus on experiential learning for our early career students helps them gain practical skills, giving them an edge in the post-graduation job market.

If you are hiring, what makes your school a great place to work?

Opportunity to work with undergraduate and graduate students from across the world, many of whom bring rich public service experience to the classroom as well as an intellectual community of interdisciplinary scholars tackling many of the most pressing challenges in public policy and management. Also, those joining the Truman School will have the opportunity to collaborate with collegial faculty with different expertise and working experience, conducting research on current topics using cutting-edge techniques.

What is your teaching/research divide?


What is your undergraduate/graduate divide?

375 graduate/600 undergraduate.

What is an interesting, unique, or fun fact about your school?

The School recently received a very unique and generous gift when Sandi & Barry Garron, BA ’72 Political Science donated the Sandi & Barry Garron Campaign Button Collection to the School. The collection has thousands of buttons representing every presidential election over the span of a century, starting with the campaign between William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan in 1896.

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