Application Information

Who should apply?

Current high school juniors in Missouri high schools during the 2019-20 academic year are welcome to apply to the 2020 Missouri Public Affairs Academy.

What are the application criteria?

  1. GPA of 3.0 or higher
  2. Recommendation letter from a high school counselor, teacher or administrator
  3. Must be available to attend all days of the Academy July 11-18, 2020

What is the cost of the Academy?

Upon official acceptance into the Academy, a non-refundable $50 registration fee will be required by May 1, 2020. All other Academy expenses, including housing, meals and all Academy activities are at no cost to the participant and provided by Missouri State University. Travel to and from the Academy is not provided. 

Based on need, a request to waive the $50 non-refundable registration fee may be submitted by school personnel, on behalf of the applicant, no later than May 1, 2020.

What is the application deadline?

Applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2020. Early applications are encouraged. All applicants will be notified of acceptance no later than April 2, 2020.

Download application

Download the 2020 Application

MPAA policy of non-discrimination

Missouri State University and the Missouri Public Affairs Academy are communities of people with respect for diversity. See the complete policy.

Inquiries concerning the grievance procedure, Affirmative Action Plan, or compliance with federal and state laws and guidelines should be addressed to the Equal Opportunity Officer, Office for Institutional Equity and Compliance, 901 South National Avenue, Springfield, Missouri 65897,, 417-836-4252, or to the Office for Civil Rights. (Res. Board Policies No. 70-11; Bd. Min. 10-28-11.)