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.

Spring Visit Day

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs will hold its Spring Visit Day on Monday, April 11, 2022 (more information and register to attend here). We plan on holding this event in person, which means attendees will be masked and asked to socially distance themselves. However, these plans may change based on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and guidance from public health officials. This page will be updated as decisions are made at the University and School levels. 

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

Merit Scholarships

Admitted Humphrey School applicants who applied by the December 15th or January 15th application deadlines are automatically considered for merit-based aid awards. Merit-based aid is competitive at the Humphrey School, and if awarded merit aid, you will be notified by the Humphrey Office of Admission in mid-March.

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.

Next Steps for Enrolled Students

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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. 

Mentor program

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.

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.

Questions About Visas?

Online Orientation, Registration, New Student Hold

All incoming Humphrey School students have a new student hold on their accounts until pre-registration activities have taken place. In May, you'll receive information on how to access online orientation activities as well as information on your first-semester registration. Registration for incoming students begins on June 15.

Orientation Week

Please plan to attend Humphrey School Orientation Week from Monday, August 29 through Friday, September 2. The full schedule and registration will be released on or before July 30.

Want to see what our students have been up to? Visit our News Archive.