The MPA is designed for mid-career professionals who want to advance their skills in public and nonprofit leadership, management, and policy analysis.
The framework of the MPA program is flexible and efficient. Classes are offered during the day, evening, some weekends, and over the summer, including a cohort learning community option for the first 12 credits that blends in-person and online learning. It’s adaptable to family, work, and other responsibilities. The majority of MPA students take one or two classes at a time while continuing to work full-time, and complete the degree in less than three years. You can complete the program in one calendar year (fall, spring, summer, in that order) by attending full-time.
- An exciting, dynamic core curriculum
- The opportunity to pursue your passion by selecting your courses from 150+ departments at the University of Minnesota
- A learning community of peers who understand what it is to balance school with career, family, and other obligations
- A network of alumni who will provide lifelong support and networking opportunities
Attend an information session to learn the answers to some of these questions:
- Are you ready to go back to school?
- Can you find the time?
- How will earning an MPA from the Humphrey School help your career?
- What do MPA graduates do?
- How much does it cost?
- How do I apply?
The Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, located at 301 19th Avenue South, is conveniently located on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus. The Humphrey School is bordered by 19th Avenue South and Washington Avenue. The Carlson School of Management is adjacent to the Humphrey Center.
A circular drive in front of the building is available for dropoff and unloading. The 19th Avenue Ramp is just across the street from the Humphrey School. The 21st Avenue Ramp and Commuter Lot 94 are just south of the adjacent Carlson School of Management. Additional parking facilities can be viewed at: Parking (select West Bank ramps or lots)
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Humphrey School of Public Affairs
The Humphrey School of Public Affairs inspires, educations, and supports innovative leaders to advance the common good in a diverse world.
The school offers degrees in Public Policy; Urban and Regional Planning; Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy; Development Practice in international development; and a mid-career Public Affairs degree. This ensures a great diversity of views and experiences among the faculty, staff, and students and makes for a rich learning environment. Our many policy, research, and outreach centers provide numerous opportunities to apply skills learned in the classroom.
We also offer graduate certificates in Nonprofit Management; Public Affairs Leadership; and Policy Issues on Work and Pay. Graduate certificates offer professionals the opportunity to advance a skill set or learn a new set of proficiencies. All of our certificates benefit from flexible or distance learning options.
Additionally, Humphrey students benefit from many opportunities offered by attending one of the largest and most respected research universities in the world. Students can take courses in more than 150 graduate programs across the university or work as graduate assistants in other departments.
The Humphrey School also offers joint-degree programs in law, public health, business, civil engineering, and landscape architecture.
Learn where policy happens
The Humphrey School is located on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Students of the School benefit not only from our world-class faculty, but also by learning in a living laboratory of policy and planning. The School is a 15 minute walk to downtown Minneapolis, and a short bus ride from the state capitol. The Twin Cities also host over 4,000 nonprofit organizations, 19 Fortune 500 companies, and several federal and state agencies. There is no shortage of opportunity by attending the Humphrey School.