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Degree of Popularity

New online public affairs program exceeds expectations.

When the Truman School of Public Affairs launched its online master of public affairs program with university startup funds in January 2014, the school initially hoped to build enrollment to 20 students within two years to make the program sustainable.

“We figured, if we built it, they would come,” says Dean Barton Wechsler. “Boy, did they come.”

The first cohort of the 33-credit-hour program numbered 29. By August 2014, with a third cohort starting, enrollment was 55. Wechsler says the new goal is to reach 100 students within two years.

Wechsler attributes the popularity to the school’s reputation (No. 33 according to U.S. News & World Report) and the program’s high quality and low cost ($13,210 to complete the degree).