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The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is the University of
Minnesota's school of policy and planning.


Admission Prerequisites

To apply, start the University of Minnesota graduate school online application. The Humphrey School admissions committee reviews all applications and decisions regarding admissions and financial aid. Decisions are communicated electronically.

We consider many factors when choosing applicants for admission. We evaluate such attributes as:

  • Your prior academic achievement
  • GRE scores (for all but MPA and Certificate applicants)
  • TOEFL/IELTS score (if required)
  • Your professional, leadership, and community/public service experience
  • Your commitment to a career in public affairs or planning
  • The fit between your interests and goals, and the programs at the Humphrey School
  • Your potential contribution to the diversity of views and experiences represented at the Humphrey School
  • Your letters of recommendation

Master of Development Practice (MDP)

  • A four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. university or foreign equivalent at time of enrollment.
  • While no specific experience or academic pathway is required, students with a strong liberal education background and sound quantitative and analytical skills will be best prepared for academic success at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
  • Previous coursework in mathematics, statistics, and economics is recommended. Past applicants needing to strengthen this part of their skill set have found courses in introductory microeconomics, college algebra, and introductory statistics to be helpful preparation. Prior to admission you may find such courses available online; many are also available at the University of Minnesota. Feel free to contact us if you have questions about such options.
  • English language proficiency is required. If English is not your native language, you must pass the TOEFL or IELTS exam with a minimum score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), 100 (internet-based, minimum 22 on each section), or 7 for the IELTS. TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old.
  • International professional experience and foreign language proficiency are strongly preferred.

Mid-career Master of Public Affairs (MPA)

  • A four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. university or foreign equivalent at time of enrollment.
  • 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.
  • English language proficiency is required. If English is not your native language, you must pass the TOEFL or IELTS exam with a minimum score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), 100 (internet-based, minimum 22 on each section), or 7 for the IELTS. TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old.

Master of Public Policy (MPP)

  • A four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. university or foreign equivalent at time of enrollment.
  • While no specific experience or academic pathway is required,students with a strong liberal education background and sound quantitative and analytical skills will be best prepared for academic success at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
  • Previous coursework in mathematics, statistics, and economics is recommended. Past applicants needing to strengthen this part of their skill set have found courses in introductory microeconomics, college algebra, and introductory statistics to be helpful preparation.
  • English language proficiency is required. If English is not your native language, you must pass the TOEFL or IELTS exam with a minimum score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), 100 (internet-based, minimum 22 on each section), or 7 for the IELTS. TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old.

Master of Science in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (MS-STEP)

  • A four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. university or foreign equivalent at time of enrollment.
  • While no specific experience or academic pathway is required, students with a strong liberal education background and sound quantitative and analytical skills will be best prepared for academic success at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
  • Previous coursework in mathematics, statistics, and economics is recommended. Past applicants needing to strengthen this part of their skill set have found courses in introductory microeconomics, college algebra, and introductory statistics to be helpful preparation.
  • Applicants applying to the MS-STEP program should have completed a degree or taken advanced level coursework in the natural or engineering sciences prior to the date of their planned enrollment.
  • English language proficiency is required. If English is not your native language, you must pass the TOEFL or IELTS exam with a minimum score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), 100 (internet-based, minimum 22 on each section), or 7 for the IELTS. TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old.

Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP)

  • A four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. university or foreign equivalent at time of enrollment.
  • While no specific experience or academic pathway is required, students with a strong liberal education background and sound quantitative and analytical skills will be best prepared for academic success at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
  • Previous coursework in mathematics, statistics, and economics is recommended. Past applicants needing to strengthen this part of their skill set have found courses in introductory microeconomics, college algebra, and introductory statistics to be helpful preparation.
  • English language proficiency is required. If English is not your native language, you must pass the TOEFL or IELTS exam with a minimum score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), 100 (internet-based, minimum 22 on each section), or 7 for the IELTS. TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old.

Certificate Programs

  • A four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. university or foreign equivalent at time of enrollment.
  • At least one course in political science (that analyzes political institutions) is strongly recommended.
  • Sufficient prior academic preparation.
  • Proficiency in MS Excel and Word is strongly recommended.
  • Required for Certificate in Nonprofit Management: Documentation of two years of paid or unpaid experience in a nonprofit organization in one or more of the following areas: management of a budget, supervision of staff, developmnet of programs (implementation and evaluation), fundraising, grant writing, regular participation in board meetings, and/or on board committees.
  • Required for Certificate in Public Affairs Leadership: At least 10 years of post baccalaureate professional work experience. Pre-baccalaureate experience may be considered for applicants with a significant gap (15 years or more) between completion of high school and college.
  • English language proficiency is required. If English is not your native language, you must pass the TOEFL or IELTS exam with a minimum score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), 100 (internet-based, minimum 22 on each section), or 7 for the IELTS. TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old.