Master On Campus

Public Affairs

The University of Iowa

24 months
29379 USD/year
30810 USD/year
11863 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Public Affairs (MPAff) program at the The University of Iowa trains future leaders to systematically and creatively address these and other challenges in the coming years. 


About Public Affairs at The University of Iowa

One of the enduring grand challenges is how we collectively, creatively, and democratically respond to key challenges facing our communities, nation, and the world. Among these challenges are environmental change, including an increased incidence and intensity of disasters such as flooding, sea level rise, and wildfires attributable to climate change; health care; an aging population; addiction; inadequate infrastructure; inequality; unaffordable housing; racism; transportation; immigration; economic development; and public safety.


The MPA degree provides individuals with an opportunity to build upon their undergraduate education with an applied degree that leads to professional policy analytical and/or managerial service in the public and nonprofit sectors.

The degree builds knowledge and skills in a mix of topics that includes policy, economics, statistics, research, and management. These knowledge and skills areas prepare students for professions that influence public policy through analysis, application, or management. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • American Public Policy
  • Bureaucratic Politics and Public Administration
  • Analytic Methods 
  • Economics for Policy Analysis
  • Program Seminar
  • Applied GIS for Planning and Policy Making
  • Public Finance and Budgeting
  •  Public Management        

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Fall - apply by January 15 for priority consideration for financial aid
  • Spring - apply by October 1 for priority consideration for financial aid


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, or the foreign equivalent as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • English Proficiency Requirements
  • first submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  • A statement of purpose
  • Application for Graduate Awards
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A set of your unofficial academic records/transcripts uploaded on your Admissions Profile.
  • The GRE score is encouraged, but not required.
  • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29379 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29379 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    30810 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30810 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    11863 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11863 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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