Congratulations on your admission to the Humphrey School of Public Affairs! We are delighted to welcome you to our community of scholars and activists. Please review the following important information regarding your admission to the Humphrey School.
Requesting a Deferral
Our expectation is that students apply with the intention of enrolling in the fall semester. The University continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and remains open. Plans for fall semester are proceeding as they normally would.
We recognize our admitted students are dealing with dynamic situations, and we intend to work with each of you on an individual basis to determine deferral requests.
Admitted applicants may request a one-year deferral of their admission. Requests for deferrals are considered on a case-by-case basis. Deferral requests must be submitted using the online deferral form. If a one-year deferral is granted, the student must:
- Complete the online Enrollment Form by indicating "Yes"
- Plan to resubmit an updated personal statement and resume directly to the Director of Admissions by merit-based aid consideration deadlines (either December 15 or January 15) in order to be considered for aid in the following year, and by April 1, for all other applicants.
Deferred applicants will receive a request to submit their updated materials during the next fall application season.
Advising Questions or Concerns
Next Steps for Enrolled Students
Faculty advisor assignments
Incoming fall students in the MDP, MHR, MPP, MS-STEP, and MURP programs will be notified of their faculty advisor assignments before the end of June.
You will receive information on how to sign up for our Humphrey Mentor Program in mid- to late August. This program links Humphrey School students with local alumni who share their professional interests. You will receive access to a short online training to complete prior to signing up.
Career development class
Please consider registering for PA5910: Developing Your Public Service Career, our one-credit class developed especially for you! Assistant Director Steph Eiden will be teaching this class, and it is a great way to learn about potential career paths and ensure that you focus on your job or internship search fall semester. It also helps you to develop the tools you need for your whole career. Students find it is a great way to keep themselves accountable to work on their networking or job/internship searches throughout the semester. Since Steph is arranging a number of alumni panels, you will also end the class with more than 12 alumni contacts and advice and information from each of them. This class is appropriate for both first-year and second-year students from all Humphrey programs. Register while there is still room and let us know if you have questions.
Internships provide excellent opportunities for all students and are required for the MHR, MPP, and MURP degrees. This internship must be:
a) a minimum of 400 hours,
b) primarily professional-level work, and
c) related to the student's academic focus and career goals.
To get ideas for planning your internship or for more information on the requirement, visit our internship FAQ page. Also, you will receive an email in mid- to late August about an upcoming internship-planning workshop where you can ask questions and learn more about the internship requirement.