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The Humphrey School's MPA online information session will allow you to learn more about the program, the admissions process and ask any questions you may have.

The Master of Public Affairs (MPA) for mid-career professionals was established in 1999 and can be completed in one calendar year of full-time enrollment. The core curriculum emphasizes leadership and policymaking theory and practice, and students design their own area of concentration around their career interests. The MPA prepares students to assume leadership positions, make career changes, and enhance current work skills.

Are you ready to go back to school?

Designed for mid-career professionals with the equivalent of 10 or more years of professional experience, the MPA recognizes your work and life experience. The program faculty and staff also understand students' concerns about going back to school when they already are on a career track or after many years away from academic pursuits. We-and your fellow students- will help you every step of the way. Yes, returning to school and balancing other commitments is challenging. But if career advancement, change and rejuvenation, or deepening your capacity to bring effective solutions to public problems is your goal, then the Humphrey School is the right choice. And the MPA is the right program.

Can you find the time?

Yes you can.

The MPA is a 30-credit degree program. Because it's designed for mid-career professionals, the framework is flexible and efficient. Tailor your program to your career and life choices.

  • Classes are offered during the day, evening, and over the summer.
  • It's possible to earn the MPA in just one year of full-time study or you can attend part-time while you continue to work.
  • It's adaptable to your personal requirements (family, work, travel, etc.).
  • What you learn in the classroom is "hands-on" - you can apply theory to practice in your organization while you are studying.

How will earning an MPA from the Humphrey School help your career?

The program is highly regarded by students, employers, community leaders, and policymakers. Faculty and fellows at the Humphrey School come from diverse fields of intellectual and public life. They are well connected in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The 2001 "Best Graduate Schools" issue of U.S. News & World Report ranked the Humphrey School among the top public affairs schools at public universities. The same publication ranked our nonprofit management program third in the nation among all such programs.

What do MPA graduates do?

This mid-career program has proven effective in helping students change careers and move to the next level in their current careers. Humphrey School MPA alumni currently work locally, nationally, and internationally in such jobs as:

  • Director of services and commerce, Secretariat of Economic Development, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • County administrator, Goodhue County, Minnesota
  • International development specialist, USAID, American Embassy, Moscow
  • Director of community development, City of Thief River Falls, Minnesota
  • National institutional specialist, Lao Land Titling Project, Laos
  • Coordinator, Minnesota Extension Service, University of Minnesota
  • Associate director of education, Brown College, Minneapolis

The Humphrey School's MPA online information session will allow you to learn more about the program, the admissions process and ask any questions you may have.

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