Master's Degrees

Inspiring Leaders to Advance the Common Good

The Humphrey School considers 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

Requirements

All applicants for master's degree programs are required to have a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. university or foreign equivalent at the time of enrollment.

Master of Development Practice

  • While no specific experience or academic pathway is required, students with a strong liberal arts education background and sound quantitative and analytical skills will be best prepared for academic success.
  • Previous coursework in mathematics, statistics, and economics is recommended. Courses in introductory microeconomics, college algebra, and introductory statistics are helpful preparation, and many are available online and at the University of Minnesota.
  • 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 7.0 for the IELTS. TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old.
  • International professional experience and foreign language proficiency are strongly preferred.

Master of Human Rights

  • While no specific experience or academic pathway is required, students with a strong liberal arts education background and sound quantitative and analytical skills will be best prepared for academic success.
  • Previous coursework in mathematics, statistics, and economics is recommended. Courses in introductory microeconomics, college algebra, and introductory statistics are 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 7.0 for the IELTS. TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old.

Master of Public Affairs (Mid-Career)

  • 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.
  • 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 7.0 for the IELTS. TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old.

Master of Public Policy

  • While no specific experience or academic pathway is required, students with a strong liberal arts education background and sound quantitative and analytical skills will be best prepared for academic success.
  • Previous coursework in mathematics, statistics, and economics is recommended. Courses in introductory microeconomics, college algebra, and introductory statistics are 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 7.0 for the IELTS. TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old.

Master of Science in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy

  • While no specific experience or academic pathway is required, students with a strong liberal arts education background and sound quantitative and analytical skills will be best prepared for academic success.
  • Previous coursework in mathematics, statistics, and economics is recommended. Courses in introductory microeconomics, college algebra, and introductory statistics are 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 7.0 for the IELTS. TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old.

Master of Urban and Regional Planning

  • While no specific experience or academic pathway is required, students with a strong liberal arts education background and sound quantitative and analytical skills will be best prepared for academic success.
  • Previous coursework in mathematics, statistics, and economics is recommended. Courses in introductory microeconomics, college algebra, and introductory statistics are 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 7.0 for the IELTS. TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old.

Dual Degree Master's Degree Programs

Choosing a dual master’s degree program allows you to complete a Humphrey School degree and another University of Minnesota graduate or professional degree in less time (typically one year less) than it would take to complete the two degrees separately. You must apply for admission separately to both the Humphrey School and to the other school within the University. If applying for the MLA, MSCE, MS in HSRPA, or MSW, you also submit an application to the Graduate School. More information here.

Admissions

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