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Bachelor of Arts / Master of Public Policy
(BA/MPP) on Political Engagement
Early Admission Program

The University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs and College of Liberal Arts’ Political Science department BA/MPP on Political Engagement program provides the unique opportunity to students studying at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus to expedite an academic and professional program in political engagement.  Students pursuing a major in Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) will receive credentials, the practical skill set, and sophisticated knowledge that employers in political engagement seek today.  Students in the program will fulfill all CLA undergraduate requirements and be equipped with the financial, management, and policy analysis skills that the Humphrey School can offer, graduating with a BA and MPP from the University of Minnesota.

Program Overview

The BA/MPP Early Admission Program will begin when an undergraduate Political Science student is partway through their undergraduate coursework. Students with career goals focused on political engagement should apply during their junior year after consulting with Political Science faculty advisor Professor Paul Soper. Students admitted into the program will begin to enroll in graduate-level courses during their senior year. Having completed all requirements for a BA in Political Science by the end of their senior year, students will begin a fifth year, devoted to full-time graduate study with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the BA/MPP on Political Engagement program will earn a minimum of 45 graduate-level credits as well as knowledge about finances, budgets, and management in the nonprofit and public sectors. Students will also participate in two professional development experiences: first, during their undergraduate program, when they will complete an internship; and second, during their graduate summer session, when they will complete a public service mentorship with a professional in their chosen field of specialization. Additionally, students will complete at least 3 PhD level courses in Political Science, making their level of academic sophistication unique among Master’s level students.

Master of Public Policy (MPP)

Students select a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree because they are committed to public service and working on community or public issues and problems. The mission of the MPP program is to prepare professionals with specialized skills and knowledge to advance the common good in a range of public policy issues in a diverse world. An MPP degree is excellent training for a career in the public, private, or nonprofit sector. Learn more about the MPP degree.


The following is the BA/MPP application process timeline.

  • September 15: Applications begin to be accepted
  • December 15: Applications must be submitted
  • February (early): Applicants notified of decisions
  • April 15: National graduate school enrollment decision deadline

For information on how to apply and the required application materials, click here.

Please note: When completing the online application, BA/MPP applicants must select the "BA/MPP on Political Engagement" program option under the dual degree program drop down menu (question #6).

Applicants not admitted to the BA/MPP in Political Engagement may be considered for admission to the Humphrey School's Early Admissions program.


Senior Year/4th Year
13 graduate credits taken in addition to regular undergraduate courses.
PA 5002 — Introduction to Policy Analysis (1.5 cr.)
PA 5003 — Introduction to Financial Analysis and Management (1.5 cr.)
PA 5011 — Management of Organizations (3 cr.)
PA 5021 — Economics for Policy Analysis and Planning I (3 cr.)
PA 5031 — Empirical Analysis (4 cr.)
PA 5031 — OR
POL 3085 — Quantitative Analysis (4 cr.)

Graduate Year

With a graduate advisor, students will plan two semesters of graduate-level courses to suit their particular academic and career goals. All 5xxx level Public Affairs (PA) courses available to Master of Public Policy students will be available to enrollees in the program. In Political Science (POL) they will take 8xxx level courses ordinarily reserved for PhD students. During this academic year, students will complete a curriculum specific to the joint BA/MPP program, totaling 26 credits.

POL 5xxx — Political Engagement (4 cr.)
At least 3 additional Methods credits (beyond PA 5031) from the following:
PA 5032 Intermediate Regression Analysis (2 cr.)
PA 5033 Multivariate Techniques (2 cr.)
PA 5035 Survey Research and Data Collection (1.5 cr.)
PA 5036 Regional Economic Analysis (2 cr.)
PA 5037 Regional Demographic Analysis (2 cr.)
POL 8126 Qualitative Methods (3 cr.)
POL 8127 Survey Methods (3 cr.)
POL 8160 Quantitative Methods (3 cr.)

Program Electives – an open choice of 15 credits in courses relevant to the Political Engagement degree. These may be from the Public Affairs or Political Science courses available, but at least 8 credits must be 8xxx level Political Science (POL) courses.

Outside Electives – 3 credits from departments outside Political Science or Public Affairs.

Research for Mentorship Placement – 1 credit directed reading with advisor doing research on a specific topic relevant to their upcoming summer internship

Summer following "Graduate Year"

The summer is a culminating experience, combining a 400-hour mentorship in a professional field setting with the Professional Paper. The mentorship placement and the Professional Paper will earn 3 credits each.

Tuition and Financial Aid


Senior Year:

Students will be charged for courses enrolled based on the undergraduate rate through the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). This includes courses enrolled at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

2014-2015 Undergraduate Tuition (per semester)

Registration Minnesota Resident Nonresident
Per credit $463.85 $704.24
13+ credits $6,030.00 $9,155.00

Fees and cost of attendance varies. Please refer to the Undergraduate Tuition & Fees Fact Sheet.

Graduate (Final) Year:

Students will be charged for courses enrolled based on the Humphrey School of Public Affairs tuition rate.
2014-2015 Humphrey School Tuition for Master of Public Policy (per semester)

Registration Minnesota Resident Nonresident
Per credit $1,466.91 $2,188.04
6-15 credits $8,801.50 $12,708.25
Each credit over 15 $1,466.91 $2,118.04

Fees and cost of attendance varies. A comprehensive estimated cost of attendance table can be found here. Please refer to the Graduate Tuition & Fees Fact Sheet.

Financial Aid

By enrolling in the BA/MPP, students will benefit from completing their graduate degree in a shorter amount of time, a savings of approximately over $22,000 in academic expenses.

Students are encouraged, if eligible, to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for various need-based aid opportunities. The Humphrey School of Public Affairs has developed a Cost & Aid resource for students to learn more about the possible types of federal loans and the available federal loan repayment and forgiveness programs.

Students specifically pursuing the BA/MPP on Political Engagement may benefit from programs like the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, which forgives a student’s federal loans after 120 qualifying payments (10 years) while working in a public service position (i.e. federal, state, local, or tribal government agency, entity, or organization or a Section 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.) The Humphrey School admissions staff is happy to discuss these options further with any prospective student and may email the Office of Admissions to arrange an appointment.

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