Undergraduate Opportunities

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While the Humphrey School does not offer a bachelor's degree, there are multiple ways for undergraduates to join our community and  begin their journey to change the world. 

For those interested in learning what public affairs are all about, the first step is to take one of our undergraduate courses. 

After that, apply to be part of our Junior Summer Institute. You'll spend your summer exploring public policy with students from all over the globe, gaining the skills you need to thrive in a graduate public affairs program.

Finally, start your graduate program early with our Early Admissions Program. By enrolling in this program, you will be able to complete your bachelor's program and obtain a master's degree from the Humphrey School all in five years.

Got questions? Our admissions team has answers. Connect with them today at [email protected]


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Undergraduate Coursework

Multiple classes are offered to undergraduates enrich the baccalaureate experience by exposing students from a wide range of majors to the study of public policy, public affairs, civic engagement, and planningCourses vary each semester.


Humphrey School Early Admissions Program

University of Minnesota students currently pursuing their undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota can complete a rigorous combined undergraduate/master’s degree program in five years by matriculating into a graduate program during senior year. In order to complete the program, students will count up to 15 credits of graduate work towards their undergraduate degree. 

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PPIA Junior Summer Institute

Open to students who are entering their senior year of undergraduate study, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs Junior Summer Institute (JSI) is a rigorous seven-week academic and experiential learning program that prepares undergraduate students to thrive in graduate programs and launch careers in public service. JSI is part of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship Program, which is committed to promoting the inclusion of underrepresented groups in master’s degree programs and careers in public service.