As part of a cohort of other experienced professionals, you will have the advantage of a unique learning environment. Studying with professionals from other fields and lines of work will broaden your view of societal problems and potential solutions. Interacting with students from other nations will give you a new perspective on policy issues. And challenging-and being challenged by-the faculty members will spur you on to greater understanding of the questions your community and organization face.
We value people with a variety of interests who come from a broad range of countries and backgrounds, including elected officials; nonprofit directors and managers; educators; lawyers; community organizers; local, state, and federal government administrators; union officials; and business professionals, from private consultants to managers in international corporations.
Our faculty members bring a breadth of experience to each class. Most have significant experience outside of academia that informs their teaching, and many actively consult with local, national, and international organizations working on significant policy issues that promote the common good. The people you meet at the Humphrey School will form a strong network of mentors, advisors, professional contacts and, personal friends throughout your career.
The MPA is "designed to use your real-life experience as the context for learning."
Patrick C. Walker
University of Minnesota
280 Humphrey Center
301 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455