Undergraduate Early Admissions
BA/MPP on Political Engagement
The BA/MPP Early Admission Program begins when an undergraduate Political Science student is partway through his or her 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 senior year, students will begin a fifth year, devoted to full-time graduate study with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
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
Early Admissions Program
Eligibility for the Early Admissions Program is selective. In addition to being a currently enrolled undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota, most competitive applicants will possess the following at the time of application:
- At least 75 undergraduate credits (completed or in progress at the time of application)
- A 3.5 or higher undergraduate GPA
- 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.
- Additionally, applicants applying to the MS-STEP Early Admissions program should be working towards completing a degree or taken advanced level coursework in the natural or engineering sciences prior to their full enrollment into the Humphrey School.