Master's Degrees

A master's degree from the top-ranked Humphrey School of Public Affairs equips you to play key leading roles in public life at the local, state, national, and global levels. With faculty members deeply engaged in interdisciplinary research and public affairs, you will have access to a wide array of skills, expertise, and real-world experience. The Humphrey School offers six master's degree programs and numerous options for dual degrees and graduate minors.

Master of Development Practice (MDP)

Through dynamic, interdisciplinary training in public policy, education, public health, and natural and social sciences, the MDP prepares students for careers in international development, equipping them with the skills needed to address the problems of poverty, social justice, and sustainable development. More

Master of Human Rights (MHR)

The interdisciplinary MHR prepares students to engage in global human rights challenges through research, policy analysis, and advocacy. The program is designed to support emerging leaders who can draw upon many types of knowledge and experiences in a field that demands innovative responses to complex challenges. More

Master of Public Affairs (Mid-Career) (MPA)

The Master of Public Affairs (MPA) degree program is designed for professionals with at least 10 years work experience who want to advance their skills in public and nonprofit leadership, management, and policy analysis at the local, state, national, or global level. More

Master of Public Policy (MPP)

One of the top programs of its kind, the MPP prepares future leaders to advance the common good in a diverse world by equipping them to design, manage, and advocate for better policy solutions. More

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

The MS-STEP integrates science with public policy, community action, and multi-sector governance to advance the common good in a complex and diverse world.  The STEP area focuses on public issues arising at the intersection of science, technology, environment, and society that shape economic development, environmental sustainability, human health, and well-being. More

Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP)

The MURP brings together experts from planning, sociology, engineering, law, architecture, social work, public health, landscape architecture, urban design, and other disciplines to build cities, tackle urban sprawl, upgrade housing, protect the environment, and promote community and economic development. More