Why the Humphrey School?

For the past three years the Humphrey School of Public Affairs has been recognized as one of the top 10 graduate schools for public affairs in the nation by US News & World Report. As a comprehensive public policy school, we provide students with a wide array of skills, expertise, and real-world experience to transform ideas into action.

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Ideal Twin Cities location

Situated in a vibrant metropolitan region that encompasses both the state capital and economic center of the upper Midwest, the Humphrey School offers students tremendous opportunities to jump-start their careers. By nearly every measure, the Twin Cities area ranks among the country’s most desirable places to live, work, and study, and offers exceptional professional, cultural, social, and recreational opportunities.

Minneapolis and Saint Paul together form the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States with more than three million residents. The Twin Cities have a rich history, beautiful scenery, year-round outdoor recreation, world-class art museums, professional sports, and exciting nightspots. The region has made major transit investments to its extensive public transportation system, and has one of the best urban systems of trails and parks in the world.

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Competitive tuition and affordable living

Tuition at the Humphrey School is highly competitive among schools of public affairs. Minneapolis and Saint Paul both are noted for their affordability, with the cost of living significantly lower than in similar cities on the East and West coasts, and boast distinctive neighborhoods.

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Real-world experience and career opportunities

We focus on connecting our students to meaningful work that matches their passions and areas of study. Our students get real-world experience through internships, capstone workshops, and field experiences in developing countries. Read more about our students' experiences

Our extensive career resources include specialized courses, annual career exploration trips to Washington, DC, and throughout the Twin Cities, internship advising, and individualized counseling. More than 90% of recent graduates found work in their field of interest.

MDP students during a field experience in Colombia

Engage with our extensive alumni network

Humphrey School graduates form an active, engaged network promoting the common good around the world. We offer one of the oldest and most distinguished mentoring programs in the country. Since 1987, the program has connected hundreds of Humphrey students with alumni who share similar professional interests. Read stories about our alumni.

Alumni employment by region and sector

Access world-class faculty and research

As part of the University of Minnesota, Humphrey students have access to one of the world’s leading research institutions, its interdisciplinary research and programs, and opportunities to earn dual degrees with other schools and colleges. 

Supported by eight policy research centers, Humphrey School faculty and students make significant contributions to solutions on issues ranging from politics and governance to urban and regional planning, from foreign policy and global affairs to international development, and from early childhood policy to technology and environmental sustainability.

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