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UMSL's Public Policy Administration program educates students to become leaders in improving our communities and society and to make informed policy decisions. We prepare students for careers in public policy, public administration, and nonprofit administration.

In carrying out our mission, we embrace and enact these core values (IDEAS):

  • Integrity We promote ethical, deliberate, and transparent decision making
  • Diversity – We promote inclusiveness and respect for a diversity of perspectives
  • Effectiveness We strive to create value in our communities and be good stewards of public and community resources
  • Accountability We strive to recognize and respond to the needs of our varied stakeholders
  • Service We promote the above values in order to exemplify the ideals of public service

Our Programs

The Public Policy Administration degree program at the University of Missouri–St. Louis encompasses three nationally-recognized component areas, including the Master of Public Policy Administration, the Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program, which features a certificate program, and the Local Government Partnership. In addition to the Master of Public Policy Administration, the program offers three Graduate Certificates: Nonprofit Management and Leadership; Local Government Management; and Policy and Program Evaluation. The Certificates are designed to help students gain expertise and knowledge in their desired field. Students can receive the Graduate Certificate alone, or in conjunction with the Master of Public Policy Administration, or with another approved graduate degree. 

Each graduate certificate is an 18-credit-hour program, consisting of core course requirements and electives. In addition, each of the certificates requires an internship/project. 

The Public Policy Administration program is proud of its diverse faculty, who are as committed to teaching the public servants and community leaders of tomorrow as they are to publishing nationally-recognized research. Core faculty members hold joint appointments in public policy administration and related departments, such as economics, political science, and business administration. 

UMSL maintains strong links to the community by offering technical assistance, consulting services and noncredit Chancellor's Certificates for public servants and community leaders. These noncredit certificate programs include the Planning & Zoning, Economic Development, and Volunteer Management.

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