Admitted Student Information

Student Services
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

280 Humphrey School
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

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.

Humphrey School of Public Affairs and University of Minnesota COVID-19 updates

Save the Date: Fall Orientation Week

Monday, August 30–Friday, September 3, 2021

All incoming Fall 2021 MDP, MHR, MPP, MS-STEP, and MURP students are required to attend Fall Orientation Week activities. MDP students, please note: You are expected to participate in full days of orientation from August 30 to September 3.

During the week, students will attend degree-specific orientation activities, meet their assigned faculty advisor, participate in workshops sponsored by the Career and Professional Development Office, and engage with Humphrey student organizations. The final orientation schedule will be available on July 30, 2021.

Fall Registration Information

Registration for Fall 2021 MDP, MHR, MPP, MS-STEP, and MURP students will begin on Monday, June 14, 2021. Students will have to review online modules and submit the requested completion form in order to have the "RH" hold removed from their student account. All information regarding the "RH" hold removal will be sent on June 14, 2021.

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

If you have questions or concerns about your specific program (MDP, MHR, MPP, MS-STEP, or MURP), please email the Humphrey Student Services Office at [email protected] or schedule an appointment with Joel Mixon, Director of Advising and Retention. 

Steph Eiden is the Humphrey School's Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development, MURP Advisor, and Internship Coordinator. To connect with Steph regarding internship questions or MURP registration questions, schedule an appointment; if you have quick questions, you can email her at [email protected].

Next Steps for Enrolled Students

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Faculty advisor assignments

It is our intention to notify all incoming Fall 2021 MDP, MHR, MPP, MS-STEP, and MURP students of their faculty advisor assignment before June 7, 2021. Individual faculty advisor meetings will be scheduled for students the week of June 14, 2021.

Mentor program

You will receive information on how to sign up for our 35th year of the 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.