Please see below for Frequently Asked Questions about our master's degree programs.

How do I visit the Humphrey School? 

Attending an information session is one of the best ways to learn more about the School and our programs.

What is the GRE code for the University of Minnesota? - THIS REQUIREMENT IS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED 

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to help support the health and safety of our prospective students, the Humphrey School has decided to suspend the GRE requirement for all of our Masters programs for this coming year admissions cycle.

With the exception of the MPA program, an official GRE score report must be received directly from ETS before an official admissions notification will be made. You may upload your personal copy from ETS into the additional materials section of the Graduate School online application to facilitate initial review of your application.

The school code for the University of Minnesota is 6874.

Where do I get information about cost and financial aid?

Learn more about assistance that may help you finance your degree program including:

Can I transfer credits from another college or university? 

Yes, you can transfer in credits to equal up to 40 percent of the credits required for your degree program.

  • MHR & MPP: up to 18 credits
  • MURP: up to 19 credits
  • MS-STEP: up to 16 credits
  • MPA: up to 12 credits

Note: These credits must be taken at the graduate level and cannot have been applied toward a previous degree. Graduate courses taken before receiving your bachelor’s degree cannot be applied toward a graduate degree at the University of Minnesota. A maximum of 8 credits toward a previous degree can be applied to a Humphrey School degree. Any credits taken at the Humphrey School prior to admission to a degree will count as transfer credits.

Can Humphrey School coursework taken as an undergraduate apply toward my master's? 

Humphrey School and other graduate courses taken before receiving your bachelor’s degree cannot be applied toward your master's degree at the Humphrey School. You will not be required to take the courses again, but cannot count those courses toward the credits required for your degree.

Do I have to submit both dual degree program applications at the same time?

No, you do not need to apply to both programs at the same time, although we recommend it so that you can plan your courses efficiently. See more information about Humphrey degree programs.

Can I take Humphrey School classes before I am admitted?

Yes, you can take courses as a non-degree seeking student. These credits must be taken A–F and for graduate credit if you would later like to apply them to your program. Find instructions on how to register for courses as a non-degree student. Note that any credits taken at the Humphrey School or the University of Minnesota prior to admission to a Humphrey School degree will be considered transfer credits.

Can I complete my degree by enrolling part-time?

Most of our degrees can be completed by attending part time. The only program that cannot be completed part-time is our Master of Development Practice (MDP). Keep in mind that not every course for our degrees is offered in the evening, so you may need some flexibility in your schedule to attend less than full time. The MPA and MPP, and MHR degrees are easiest to complete with mostly evening coursework.

Can I switch to part-time student status?

Yes. You can enroll for as many or as few credits as you need to in any given semester.

Are international applicants required to take the TOEFL or IELTS?

Yes, if you are an international student whose native language is not English.

 If you earned your bachelor’s degree from or completed two or more semesters at an English-speaking institution within the past 24 months (or have lived in the U.S. continuously since completing a degree or two or more semesters of coursework), you may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. The Humphrey School requires a minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL iBT and 7 on the IELTS for consideration for admission.

Please plan to take the TOEFL/IELTS at least four weeks before the application deadline by which you are applying.

Is financial aid available for international applicants?

Yes, international applicants are eligible for merit-based aid. See our site on financial aid for incoming students for more information.


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Dean Laura Bloomberg
Students come to the Humphrey School because they believe in making difference. Our alumni are mayors, legislators, nonprofit directors, grassroots organizers, and corporate executives; their work affects people and communities across the globe. I believe our role as a School is to nurture our students' passion for tackling important issues here and abroad, ensuring they have the tools necessary to make a lasting impact on our planet.
Laura Bloomberg, Dean