Graduate Minors

Graduate Minors at the Humphrey School

A graduate minor from the Humphrey School provides students the opportunity to hone skills and expertise in policy-related fields as a compliment to their graduate studies in other degree programs or academic units across the University. 

Humphrey School graduate minors consist of at least 9 credits in 5xxx or 8xxx Public Affairs courses. Up to 3 credits may be taken on an S/N grade basis. All other courses must be completed with grades of B or better. Specific coursework is chosen in consultation with the student's minor advisor or director of graduate studies for the associated degree program. Students are required to take a minimum of 3 credits from those required in the degree program with which the minor is affiliated. For students pursuing doctorates, a minimum of 12 credits must be completed in the minor field or supporting program. Interested in pursuing a graduate minor? Email Student Services.

The Humphrey School offers three graduate minors: 

Public Policy

This graduate minor program requires students to study policy analysis or management, or focus on a substantive area of public policy including advanced policy analysis methods; economic and community development; global public policy; human rights; politics and governance; public and nonprofit leadership and management; public finance and budgeting; science, technology, and environmental policy; social policy; and gender and public policy. View course information and requirements

Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy 

The graduate minor in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP) provides students with the skills and knowledge to study public issues arising at the intersection of science, technology, environment, and society that shape economic development, environmental sustainability, human health, and wellbeing. Students choose from the following focus areas: energy and environmental policy; water policy; climate change policy; emerging technologies and society; urban infrastructure systems; or urban agriculture and food systems policy. View course information and requirements or download a brochure

Urban and Regional Planning

Planners bring together knowledge and expertise from many diverse disciplines to shape neighborhoods, cities, and regions.  This program helps students to think across those fields of expertise and act upon links among environmental systems, infrastructure development, and housing and community development. The program teaches technical and analytical skills needed to think strategically about developing and implementing plans at the neighborhood, city, and regional level. View course information and requirements

Graduate Minors throughout the University

Many other degree programs throughout the University offer minors that can be pursued by public policy and planning students. For further information about the availability of and requirements for a minor in a specific degree program, see the degree program descriptions in the Graduate School Catalog. Some minors are not associated with a major. These minors are listed in the Minors Only section of the Graduate School Catalog.