Cordaryl PatrickTake your career to the next level with a Master of Public Policy Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.


An MPPA from UMSL can help you change your community and the world by teaching you the skills needed to become an effective leader in the government and nonprofit sectors. Our graduates include city administrators, community development specialists, nonprofit executive directors, and directors of development.

As a NASPAA-accredited program, UMSL's MPPA is ranked in the top third of graduate public affairs programs by US News and World Report and is the highest ranked in St. Louis. The MPPA is a 40-credit-hour program led by 20 core faculty and adjunct instructors who are committed to your success. To fit your busy schedule, our courses are generally held in the evening or on the weekends and our program offers competitive tuition rates, internships and financial aid.

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Exciting news! The website recently named UMSL's MPPA degree to its list of the 30 Best NASPAA-Accredited MPA Programs for 2019-20. It was the only program from Missouri to make the list. Read all about it.


At UMSL, you can have it all. Our beautiful 470-acre campus in suburban St. Louis is an ideal setting for the region’s largest public research university. Our diverse student body has access to world-class researchers and scholars, top-ranked degree programs, and sought-after internship and experiential learning opportunities. It’s no wonder over 95,000 alumni chose UMSL for their degree. Our graduates can be found in all 50 states and 63 countries. But their greatest impact is felt right here in St. Louis where they drive the region’s economic and social well-being.