Bloch School Department of Public Affairs at University of Missouri - Kansas City

Why you should consider this program

Fellows will be able to further their education and professional careers by obtaining a Master Degree in Public Administration.  They will be able to take advantage of the following academic and professional benefits : 

  • Establish connections with community leaders and organizations
  • Gain strong knowledge and skills about local community building particularly through engagements in the areas of urban development, nonprofit administration, and healthcare
  • Learn advanced best practice models and applications
  • Earn certification in community economic development and fund raising
  • Access professional development programs (i.e. trainings, academic conferences, luncheons)

The MPA degree is offered with emphasis in one or more of the following areas: urban policy and administration, nonprofit management and health services administration, or as a general degree. The University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) Fellows Program has a two year cycle. Fellows will have Graduate Research Assistantships working with department faculty, n department affiliated centers, or in community organizations, while enrolled as a full-time student. Fellows are required to work 20 hours weekly during fall and spring semesters, and pending availability of funding, 30 hours weekly during summer. Students complete a 42 credit-hour program with courses in, among other topics, policy analysis, leadership, politics, financial management, and research.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 19,147 $ 19,048 $ 99
Out of state $ 44,192 $ 33,359 $ 10,833
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

Tuition remission for 6 credit-hours and $12 an hour for 20 hours a week work during Fall and Spring semesters (16 weeks each), $1,000 textbook credit, and, pending availability of funding, $12 an hour for 30 hours a week work during Summer (10 weeks).

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 15,440

Application fee waived?



All Fellows complete internships in underserved American communities, allowing them to bring home, and expand upon, the skills they learned as Volunteers. These skills in adapting to new cultures, developing and managing projects, dealing with language barriers, and leveraging limited resources attract the attention of prospective schools.

Jobs for program alumni

Assistant Director of Parks & Recreation at City of Harrisonville, MO

Refugee Employment Specialist with Jewish Vocational Services

Student Coordinator with Literacy KC

Consulting and Professional Development ServicesSpecialist with National Center for Farmworker Health

Other details

Program length

2 years

Application requirements

GRE score, college transcripts, goal statement, resume

Admissions process

Completed and signed Peace Corps Description of Service (DOS)

Personal statement and an essay regarding your involvement and interest in community development (see application)

Three letters of reference (see application)

You may find the Master of Public Administration program application at this link:

Program begins

Mid August

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Arif Ahmed, Department Chair

5110 Cherry Street
305 Bloch School
Kansas City, Missouri 64110