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Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
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Contact Information
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, 301 19th Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-3800; fax: 612-626-0002)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 30
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Public Affairs
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The master of public affairs (MPA) is intended for mid-career professionals, and prepares them for public leadership and policy making. The program is typically completed in two to three years of part-time enrollment. The program can be completed in one calendar year (fall, spring, summer semesters) by attending full-time. Courses in a self-designed concentration provide a knowledge base and skills to achieve career goals. Concentration courses can be from Public Affairs and from the 150+ graduate programs across the University of Minnesota. Required courses in this degree are taken in a cohort format. The cohort meets on campus one full week in August, one Friday/Saturday each month (September-May), and online throughout the year.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
A four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited US university or foreign equivalent at time of enrollment.
Special Application Requirements:
At least 10 years of post-baccalaureate professional work experience is preferred and highly recommended. Pre-baccalaureate experience may be considered for applicants with a significant gap between completion of high school and the bachelor's degree. Sufficient prior academic preparation as demonstrated in a four-year bachelor's degree. A complete application will include a University of Minnesota application, personal statement, resume or C.V., transcripts, TOEFL scores (if applicable), at least three letters of recommendation, and an optional diversity statement.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 100
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 600
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 7.0
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan C: Plan C requires 30 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. There is no final exam. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project: The capstone project is designed to provide a learning opportunity for students to apply their knowledge through a client-based team project. The workshop includes a written report for the client, an oral presentation to the client that summarizes the major findings of the report, and reflection paper on the workshop experience.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 1 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
Required Core Courses (12 credits)
PA 5051 - Cohort Leadership I (2.0 cr)
PA 5052 - Cohort Leadership II (2.0 cr)
PA 5053 - Cohort Policy & Program Analysis I (2.0 cr)
PA 5054 - Cohort Policy & Program Analysis II (2.0 cr)
PA 5055 - Cohort Analytics I (2.0 cr)
PA 5056 - Cohort Analytics II (2.0 cr)
Capstone Project
PA 5080 - Capstone Preparation Workshop (1.0 cr)
PA 8081 - Capstone Workshop (3.0 cr)
Remaining Credits (14)
MPA students self-design a concentration, choosing from a wide variety of classes, including skills courses in management, analysis, and planning; and courses in such areas as global policy; social policy; economic and community development; science, technology, and environmental policy; and urban and regional policy and planning.
 
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PA 5051 - Cohort Leadership I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Leadership theories, tools, and strategies in global context for the mid-career student. prereq: Major in public affairs (cohort) or public affairs certificate (cohort); 5051-5052 must be taken in same academic yr
PA 5052 - Cohort Leadership II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continues 5051. Leadership theories, tools, and strategies in global context for the mid-career student. prereq: Major in public affairs (cohort) or public affairs certificate (cohort); 5051-5052 must be taken in same academic yr
PA 5053 - Cohort Policy & Program Analysis I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Process of public policy and program analysis, including problem formulation, program design and implementation. Opportunity to draw upon published research and conduct field-based research to understand implementation conditions. Professional communications, including writing of memos, requests for proposals, and implementation briefs, are stressed. prereq: Major in public affairs (cohort) or public affairs certificate (cohort); 5053-5054 must be taken in same academic yr
PA 5054 - Cohort Policy & Program Analysis II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continues 5053. Process of public policy and program analysis, including problem formulation, program design and implementation. Opportunity to draw upon published research and conduct field-based research to understand implementation conditions. Professional communications, including writing of memos, requests for proposals, and implementation briefs, are stressed. prereq: Major in public affairs (cohort) or public affairs certificate (cohort); 5053-5054 must be taken in same academic yr
PA 5055 - Cohort Analytics I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Problem-based learning of analytical reasoning through social science research methods. Systematic review and literature review. Qualitative research including interviews, focus groups, and analysis. Research proposal. prereq: Major in public affairs or public affairs certificate, [5055-5056 must be taken in same academic yr]
PA 5056 - Cohort Analytics II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Problem-based learning to analytical reasoning through social science research methods. Frequency distributions, descriptive statistics, elementary probability, statistical inference. Hypothesis testing. Cross-tabulation, analysis of variance, correlation. Simple regression analysis. prereq: Major in public affairs or public affairs certificate, [5055-5056 must be taken in same academic yr]
PA 5080 - Capstone Preparation Workshop
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Project management, qualitative research, and critical framework to complete Capstone course. Students write draft of client project group norms and client contract.
PA 8081 - Capstone Workshop
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Project for external client on issue agreed upon by student, client, and instructor. Students apply interdisciplinary methods, approaches, and perspectives from core courses. Written report with analysis and policy recommendations. Oral presentation. Topics vary by term. prereq: completion of core courses or instr consent