Humphrey School News—June 30, 2020

There’s Still Time to Apply to the Humphrey School

Application deadline for fall semester extended to July 6


Group photo of 100-plus incoming Humphrey School students on orientation day 2019.
A group photo of the Humphrey School's incoming class of students in fall 2019.

If you’re considering a graduate degree in public affairs, you still have time to apply for the fall semester at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. We've extended our application deadline to July 6; after that date, applications will be considered on a space-available basis. 

The School offers six master’s degree programs that match our students’ passion with the knowledge, skills, and experience they need to solve real-world challenges.

Read this FAQ and visit our admissions page for more information. 

We asked recent graduates from several of our degree programs to tell us what they appreciated most about their Humphrey School experience.


The Master of Development Practice degree program prepares students for careers in international development, equipping them with the skills needed to address the problems of poverty, social justice, and sustainable development. 

Head shot of 2020 MDP graduate Michele GirardMICHELE GIRARD (MDP 2020)

In 2019, Girard won the Acara Challenge for a project to develop a sustainable funding plan for a community water system in a city in Haiti. Girard is from Portland, Maine. 

I am continuing to work on the community potable water system in Haiti, through an Acara Fellowship. And I will be published this summer by the Aspen Institute's Energy and Environment Program, for a piece on the current water crisis in Santiago, Chile. I choose the Humphrey School due a combination of its excellent faculty, history of public service work, and its affordability. My key takeaway from the Humphrey School is something that my professors taught me, which is that to solve “wicked problems” you must be flexible, humble, and creative.  


The Master of Human Rights degree program prepares students to engage in global human rights challenges through research, policy analysis, and advocacy. 

Head shot of 2020 MHR graduate Raven ZieglerRAVEN ZIEGLER (MHR 2020)

Ziegler is an enrolled member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe (Kul Wicasa Oyate), South Dakota.

I am working with the International Secretariat of Amnesty International in partnership with the University of Minnesota's Human Rights Lab. I chose to attend the Humphrey School because it offers one of the only human rights master’s degree programs in the nation. I was honored to be a part of a radical community working towards equitable human advancement in the realms of development, human rights, policy, and security.

Throughout my time at the Humphrey School, I’ve learned that the most transformative work does not happen in the classroom. We must take the knowledge and skills we’ve acquired in this uniquely privileged space, back into our communities. Our work begins there.


The Master of Public Affairs degree program is geared toward mid-career professionals with 10+ years of work experience who want to advance their skills in public and nonprofit leadership, management, and policy analysis. 

Head shot of 2020 MPA graduate Donald Starry Jr.DONALD STARRY JR. (MPA 2020)

Starry is chief deputy in the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office.

Law enforcement practices within the United States have been severely scrutinized and criticized over numerous incidents of officer misconduct, discrimination, and racist behavior. In my opinion, 21st century leaders need to be prepared to meet these challenges with an openness to input from the community. I chose the Humphrey School because I believed it could provide me with the skill set needed to meet those challenges.

Listening to my classmates detail their past interactions with law enforcement officers was very uncomfortable. Their stories were very impactful on my personal and professional life. The MPA cohort provided me with a chance to look deep within myself, to become more self aware and understand the importance of building relationships. 

Head shot of 2020 MPA graduate Tiffany UddinTIFFANY UDDIN (MPA 2020)

Uddin is a social services supervisor in Ramsey County’s Children & Family Services Department.

I chose the Humphrey School’s MPA program because of its design to support, encourage, and enable my success as a student, in addition to my full-time social services position, being a spouse and mother of three boys. As a biracial woman, Humphrey School’s emphasis on racial equity and justice was welcoming and inspiring.

I’m leaving the Humphrey School with a stronger desire towards advancing the common good. My time here has created a deep respect for civic engagement and community collaboration. A couple of the insights I’m taking with me are the importance to “just start somewhere,” and to never lead alone. 


The Master of Public Policy degree program equips students to design, manage, and advocate for better policy solutions. It builds on all academic backgrounds, helping students develop the knowledge and skills to work in a variety of fields, anywhere in the world. 

Head shot of 2020 MPP/MBA graduate Izaak MendozaIZAAK MENDOZA (MPP/MBA 2020)

Mendoza’s MPP focused on U.S. foreign and national security policy. He also earned a joint Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in strategic management.

I will be starting a full-time role as a brand manager at the Schwan's Company. Longer term, I hope to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service.

Coming from a non-traditional and first-generation background, I chose the Humphrey School because I knew it would provide me with the hands-on experience I needed in a variety of policy settings. I learned that in addressing global challenges, it's imperative to collaborate among diverse perspectives and craft solutions through intercultural, policy, and business lenses. We live in such an interconnected world that making positive advances requires genuine collaboration across governments, industries, and schools of thought.  

Head shot of 2020 MPP graduate James ClintonJames Clinton (MPP '20)

Clinton has a fulltime position as development manager for ServeMinnesota, the nonprofit that runs Minnesota's AmeriCorps programs.

I worked for a short time in nonprofits, local government, and local newspapers in southeastern Minnesota. The professionals I learned the most from had experience with the Humphrey School. So I knew it was the best path for me. One key takeaway from the Humphrey School is the importance of working together. Taking the time to connect with those you work with, understand each other's goals, and 'check in' with one another is incredibly important when working on complex projects.



The Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree program brings together experts from a variety of disciplines to build cities, tackle urban sprawl, upgrade housing, protect the environment, and promote community and economic development. 

Head shot of 2020 MURP graduate Emily Renoemily reno (MURP 2020)

Reno is interested in sustainable agriculture. She is working in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota this summer at a CSA farm. In August she'll relocate to Little Falls, Minnesota to start a two-year public service fellowship through Lead for Minnesota.  

Longer term, I hope to launch my own consulting business that brings together the arts, personal growth, and agriculture to unleash the entrepreneurial talent of small towns. I plan to collaborate with rural communities to build dynamic tools and strategies that celebrate the culinary and cultural heritage of its residents, and become premiere destinations for young talent.

I chose the Humphrey School because I didn't want to be just a farmer, but also help build better infrastructure for farmers to thrive financially. I saw going further in my education as a way to build social capital and increase my credibility, and I have not been disappointed one bit by the doors it has opened and the relationships it has allowed me to form. 

Office of Communications

Humphrey School of Public Affairs
300G Humphrey School
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455