Office of Admissions

At the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs you have the best of both worlds: a close-knit learning community coupled with the resources of one of the country's largest and most respected research universities. As a student at the Humphrey School, you have access to academic and professional advising from faculty members who are leaders in their fields, and a curriculum designed to prepare you to pursue a leadership role in your community.

Degrees Offered

MPP Master of Public Policy
MURP Master of Urban and Regional Planning
MDP Master of Development Practice in International Development
MS-STEP Master of Science in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy
MHR Master of Human Rights
MPA mid-career Master of Public Affairs
Ph.D. in Public Affairs

Dual Degree opportunities with the schools of Law, Business, Public Health, Social Work, Civil Engineering, and Landscape Architecture

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Child / Family Policy
Education Policy
Energy Policy
Environmental Policy
Foreign Policy
Government (Public) Administration
Housing / Economic Development
Human Rights / Humanitarian Affairs
International Development
Nonprofit Management
Organizational Theory / Management
Public Finance / Budgeting
Social Policy / Poverty
Urban Studies / Regional Planning

Graduate Program Overview

MPP: Prepares students to public leaders to develop institutions of governance that accomplish public purposes. The multidisciplinary curriculum provides in-depth education in public management, policy analysis, and advocacy techniques that can be applied in a number of policy areas, with further coursework in advanced management or analysis skills or a substantive area of public policy.

MURP: Designed to produce professionals able to think across fields of expertise to see and act upon the links between environmental systems, land use and transportation systems, infrastructure development, and housing and community development. The program also equips graduates with both technical and analytical planning skills and a facility to think strategically about plan formulation and implementation.

MDP: The Master of Development Practice prepares students for careers in international development. The degree provides rigorous interdisciplinary training and equips students with the skills needed to address the problems of poverty and sustainable development in the developing world.

MS-STEP: Introduces students to the role of science and technology in the economy, food production and health, energy and the environment, security policy, and education; and covers the impact of science and technology on the political and economic relationships among nations. Students learn to analyze and design policies for appropriate promotion and regulation of science and technology regionally, nationally, and internationally.

MHR: In a world that needs visionaries, the Master of Human Rights (MHR) degree program prepares students to engage in global human rights challenges through research, policy analysis, and advocacy. The MHR program is jointly supported by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the College of Liberal Arts, and brings together the highly regarded offerings of the graduate minor in human rights and faculty expertise in fields ranging from non-governmental organization (NGO) management to global public policy.

MPA: Designed for mid-career professionals (with at least 10 years of experience) who want to advance their skills in public and nonprofit leadership, management, and policy analysis.

Admissions Deadline

December 15 for admission and consideration for University-wide Fellowships

January 15 for admission with merit-based financial aid

April 1 for admission only

Admissions Overview

Admission to the Humphrey School is highly competitive. We look for students who can both contribute to and benefit from our challenging learning environment. The School welcomes students from a variety of backgrounds and offers financial assistance based on merit. Criteria include academic achievement, work, volunteer and leadership experience, commitment to a career in public affairs or planning, and potential contribution to the diversity of views and experiences represented at the Humphrey School. For questions about the Humphrey School admissions process, please contact: [email protected]

Contact Information

Humphrey School, 3725 29th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN

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