Admitted Student Information

Career and Student Success
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

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

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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 holds its Spring Visit Day in April each year, so admitted students can learn about the School, meet our distinguished faculty, and network with current students as well as alumni.

Merit Scholarships

Admitted Humphrey School applicants who applied by the December 15 or January 15 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 Admissions 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 Career and Student Success 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 Amber Bieneck Thom 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 Amber is arranging a number of alumni panels, you will also end the class with more than 12 alumni contacts and receive 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 200 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. 

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

Monday, August 29, 2022
Welcome to the Humphrey Community!
Registration required by Monday, August 15
  • 9-9:45 am Checkin/Continental Breakfast Sponsored by the Humphrey School Alumni Association and HHH Alumni Relations-Joan and Walter Mondale Commons
  • 10-10:30 am Welcome from Dean Nisha Botchwey-Cowles Auditorium
  • 10:30-11:15 am Tools for Humphrey Success-Cowles Auditorium
  • 11:30 am-12:30 pm Community Lunch-Joan and Walter Mondale Commons
  • 12:30-2:45 pm ABC’s for Constructive Dialogue Presented by Urban Rural Action (Cowles Auditorium and all available spaces)
  • 3-3:20 pm Group Photo-Joan and Walter Mondale Commons
  • 3:20-5 pm Humphrey tours (led by PASA students and staff)-Joan and Walter Mondale Commons
  • 3:20-4 pm PASA Trivia-Humphrey Forum
  • 5-7 pm PASA Ice Cream SocialHumphrey Forum
    Join incoming classmates for a casual Ice Cream Social to welcome you into the Humphrey community. 


Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Welcome to Your Academic Program!
  • 9:30 am-noon MURP Program Meeting-Humphrey Forum
    • 9:30-10:15 am Introductions
    • 10:15-10:30 am General Program Info (Ryan Allen)
    • 10:30-11 am Faculty Panel
    • 11:15 am-noon PSO Panel
  • Noon-1 pm Casual Lunch with MPP/MURP-Outdoors (rain site-Joan and Walter Mondale Commons)
  • 1 pm Walking Tour–This will take place after the MPP/MURP casual lunch. A few second-year MURP students will give a brief walking tour of the West Bank campus area and some of the surrounding area. This can be useful in learning where things are at and also how to navigate the tunnel system.
  • 1-3 pm MPP Program Meeting-Humphrey Forum
    • Noon-1 pm Lunch
    • 1-1:15 pm Opening remarks (Professor Joe Soss)
    • 1:15-2:15 pm Faculty Panel
    • 2:15-2:30 pm Break
    • 2:30-3:30 pm Student Panel
  • 8:30 am-3:45 pm MDP Program Meetings–See the MDP Handbook 
  • MS-Step Program Meetings (all day) Josie Johnson
    • 9-9:30 Coffee and welcome in Courtyard
    • 9:30-10:15 Small group icebreakers & introductions (incl. COGS)
    • 10:15-10:45 Program Overview (180)
    • 10:45-11 STEP Resources Overview
    • 11-12 Noon Alumni Panel
    • 12Noon-12:15 STEP Area Tour
    • 12:15-1 Lunch
    • 1-2:45 TBD
    • 3 Happy Hour hosted by Student Groups
  • MHR Program Meetings (all day)–See information received from your program
  • 9 am-2 pm Ph.D. Orientation-(Wilkins 9-11 am)
  • 4-5 pm PASA School & West Bank Toursin the Lobby of HHH outside of the Humphrey Forum. Join for a tour of either the Humphrey School or the West Bank given by 2nd year Humphrey students. There will be tours offered on both Monday and Tuesday so you can experience both. The Tuesday tours will end with a casual Q&A with the 2nd year students. 


Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Academic Programs Continued
  • 9 am-3 pm MDP Program Meetings–See the MDP Handbook 
  • 10 am-2 pm Ph.D. Orientation (Josie Johnson 10-11:30


  • 9:00 am to 3:00 pm: Wellness and Campus Resources, Technology Orientation Planned and Sponsored by PASA Humphrey Forum
    • 9:30 am: Welcome and Casual Student Q&A Humphrey Forum

    • 9:45 am to 10:15 am: Student Conflict Resolution Center (SCRC) The Student Conflict Resolution Center (SCRC) is available to assist students in resolving campus-based problems or concerns. Our staff provide confidential, impartial, and informal options for resolving conflicts in a fair manner. Humphrey Forum.

    • 10:15 am to 10:45 am: DRC Presentation The DRC will be addressing how we work to support creating more access and inclusion for students with disabilities, address ableism and social justice, and what role TAs may play in supporting facilitating accommodations. Please register and complete this survey by Monday, August 29. Humphrey Forum

    • 10:45 to 11:00am: U of M Office for Equity and Diversity: Learn about resources and programs available to students from the Office for Equity & Diversity. The U of M Office for Equity and Diversity works with colleges, units, and departments across our five-campus system to create an inclusive environment where all members of the University of Minnesota community can thrive. OED comprises seven offices and seven major initiatives that provide critical services and support to students.  Humphrey Forum

    • 11:00 am to 12:00 pm: PASA’s Guide to Grad School: This session is full of tips, tricks, and essential information to know before you launch your Humphrey journey. We'll go over some general information and then open it up for Q&A at the end of the session.  Humphrey Forum

    • 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm: Break for Lunch on your own

    • 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm: Technology Orientation: We will provide an introduction to a variety of platforms and applications Humphrey students utilize regularly and provide resources and tools to support the transition into Grad School. This will be a casual opportunity to learn and practice new skills and familiarize yourself to a new digital space. Please register and complete this survey if you plan to attend. Humphrey Forum

    • 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm: Student Q&A Humphrey Forum

    • 3:00 pm: PASA Humphrey Buddy Program: Humphrey Forum.  This program pairs incoming students with second-year students. This is a great way to meet new people, discuss classes, and professors, receive pro grad school tips, and more! You and your buddy can meet up during Orientation Week during our Meet and Greet, and then take the rest of the month, semester, or year by storm! Social event to follow. 


Thursday, September 1, 2022
Career Success Workshops and Academic Programs
  • 9 am-2 pm, 5:30-8:30 pm MDP Program Meetings and Social–See the MDP Handbook 
  • 11 am-3 pm Career Success Workshops-Humphrey Forum–Registration Required Here
    • 11-11:50 am Pizza lunch and Finding RAs and Campus Employment 
    • Noon-12:50 pm Taking your Resume to the Next Level
    • 1-1:50 pm Planning for your Internship
    • 2-2:50 pm Building Professional Connections: Your Key to Career Success
  • 3-5 pm GSPEC "Whatever Floats Your Boat" Fall Social Freeman Commons. GSPEC welcomes incoming and current graduate students to our GSPEC "Whatever Floats Your Boat" Fall Social, Thursday, September 1st from 3 pm-5 pm in the Humphrey Courtyard (in front of the Humphrey School) for music, good vibes, and root beer floats (plus other ice cream alternatives). Rain site: Freeman Commons
  • 4:00 pm Bike Ride/Hang Out at Pyres Brewing Come join PSO for a bike ride and then a hang out at Pyres Brewing! We will be starting our bike ride at the Humphrey School and making our way to Pyres Brewing. The bike ride will feature some Minneapolis locations, including the Stone Arch Bridge! You can also feel free to meet us at Pyres Brewing where you can meet some of your fellow MURPs for drinks and food.
  • 5 pm PhD Orientation-GSLC happy hour at Malcolm Yards 


Friday, September 2, 2022
International Student Orientation
  • 10 am-12pm HISA Orientation Josie Johnson Room  

    The International Students Orientation hosted by Humphrey International Students Association will be a chance to meet and get to know your fellow international students at Humphrey as well as briefly learn about life in Minnesota, academics at Humphrey, and work in the U.S. Feel free to reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions.

  • Noon International Buddy Program Lunch Outside the Humphrey School

  • 1-2 pm HSOCA Fall Social, Joan and Walter Mondale Commons. All are welcome for snacks, games, and music!


Saturday, September 3

8:00 am to 12:00 pm: Great Minnesota Get Together Snelling and Hoyt-Nebraska A Line stop (This is where the bike racks are, and there’s parking nearby if you arrive early). Join us for the Minnesota State Fair and become acquainted with a rich part of Minnesota history and cultural heritage leading up to Labor Day. Let’s experience the 70lb butter sculptures and all types of deep-fried foods. Students are responsible for purchasing their own tickets. Purchasing beforehand is highly recommended for entry and wait times. Feel free to stay and explore more on your own afterward. You won’t regret it. Contact Ruthvin Gardiner ([email protected]) with questions.

Important Information and Resources

Location and directions to the Humphrey School of Public Affairs: Not sure how to get here or where to park? We've got you covered!

Parking and transportation information: Learn about where to park, where you can lock your bike, public transportation, and more!

Getting your U-Card: All Humphrey community members are asked to carry their U-Cards at all times to allow access to campus buildings.  If you need a U Card, avoid the lines, upload your photo, and pick up your card early, if possible, to avoid lines at the U-Card office.

Canvas courses: Some professors will send you email invitations to join their Canvas course; other times, you will just see the course when you click on "My Courses." Note that courses are not visible until the faculty member publishes them, and not all courses are published yet. 

Humphrey School Building Access

Public Hours: Some campus facilities are open to the general public during public hours without the need for a U Card. Not all University buildings have public hours.

University Hours: All active faculty, staff, and students are granted general door U Card access during University hours to most UMTC buildings. This means you will need to swipe your U Card to get into the building.  

Restricted Hours: Areas requiring restricted access for security reasons are not covered by University hours. Access requirements during restricted hours are determined by the Humphrey School.

  • Public hours at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs (main doors open)
    • M-F 7 am – 7 pm
  • University hours at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs (main doors U Card access)
    • M-F 6 am – 10 pm
    • Saturday 7am – 1pm

Office areas and the front desk at the Humphrey School are open to the public from 8 am to 4:30 pm.
Restricted hours for the Humphrey School office areas, including the front desk, are 4:30 pm – 8 am. During restricted hours, you must be granted permission by the Humphrey School to be able to swipe your U Card for entry into the offices. Restricted hours begin automatically each day and you should take precautions not to unintentionally be locked out when moving between any general public areas like stairways, hallways, or restrooms, and restricted office areas.

For emergencies, or if you have a U Card and an immediate need for access to the Humphrey School building and your U Card is not working, contact the Public Safety Emergency Communications Center (PSECC) at 612-626-3680.

To apply for U Card access to the main doors outside of University hours, or to the office areas during restricted hours, please fill out the form at

For more information, visit Door Access | U Card Twin Cities

Small Group Meeting Spaces

The following spaces are available to Humphrey School students for group meetings. Contact the Humphrey School Front Desk ([email protected] or 612-626-8910). If you work at the Humphrey School, these spaces can be booked via your Google calendar when you add a room to your meeting (calendar names begin HHHCtr-).

(3) closed-door meeting spaces inside room 40, on the lower level of the Humphrey School. Available on a first come first serve basis and can accommodate up to 6 people per room. Subject to University Hours.
(3) cube-size sliding-door meeting rooms inside room 40, on the lower level of the Humphrey School.  Available on a first come first serve basis and can accommodate up to 4 people per space. Subject to University Hours.
(4) closed-door meeting spaces (referred to as internal conference rooms) including rooms 131, 173, 175, and 274. Rooms accommodate up to 10 people each. Please note that these rooms will be subject to restricted hours during which you will need your U Card and have been granted permissions. But they are open to the public from 8am - 4:30pm.
(3) meeting spaces inside computer lab 50, on the lower level of the Humphrey School. Available on a first come first serve basis and can accommodate 6-10 people per room. Subject to University Hours.

Freeman Commons conference room (205) is available by registration. Contact Ashley Peifer, the Conference Center Coordinator ([email protected] or 612-625-1806). Room accommodates up to 25 people.

Humphrey School classrooms can be reserved on an "as available" basis. Classrooms are of varying sizes and can be reserved online ( Room 50B, located in the back of the computer lab 50 can also be reserved.

Student Locker Rentals

Lockers are available for student rental in the lower level of Blegen/Wilson Halls which is very accessible to the Humphrey School. Your rental agreement gives you a locker through the fall and spring semesters. Students are responsible for providing a lock.  Contact the Humphrey School Front Desk ([email protected] or 612-626-8910).

Other Important Information

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