MPA Information Session

The Master of Public Affairs (MPA) for mid-career professionals is Humphrey's newest degree program (established in 1999) and can be completed in one calendar year of full-time enrollment. The core curriculum emphasizes leadership and policymaking theory and practice, and students design their own area of concentration around their career interests. The MPA prepares students to assume leadership positions, make career changes, and enhance current work skills.

Are you ready to go back to school?

Designed for mid-career professionals with the equivalent of 10 or more years of professional experience, the MPA recognizes your work and life experience. The program faculty and staff also understand students' concerns about going back to school when they already are on a career track or after many years away from academic pursuits. We-and your fellow students- will help you every step of the way. Yes, returning to school and balancing other commitments is challenging. But if career advancement, change and rejuvenation, or deepening your capacity to bring effective solutions to public problems is your goal, then Humphrey Institute is the right choice. And the MPA is the right program.

Can you find the time?

Yes you can.

The MPA is a 30-credit degree program. Because it's designed for mid-career professionals, the framework is flexible and efficient. Tailor your program to your career and life choices.

  • Classes are offered during the day, evening, and over the summer.
  • It's possible to earn the MPA in just one year of full-time study or you can attend part-time while you continue to work.
  • It's adaptable to your personal requirements (family, work, travel, etc.).
  • What you learn in the classroom is "hands-on" - you can apply theory to practice in your organization while you are studying.

How will earning an MPA from the Humphrey Institute help your career?

The program is highly regarded by students, employers, community leaders, and policymakers. Faculty and fellows at the Humphrey Institute come from diverse fields of intellectual and public life. They are well connected in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The 2001 "Best Graduate Schools" issue of U.S. News & World Report ranked the Humphrey Institute among the top public affairs schools at public universities. The same publication ranked our nonprofit management program third in the nation among all such programs.

What do MPA graduates do?

This mid-career program has proven effective in helping students change careers and move to the next level in their current careers. Humphrey Institute MPA alumni currently work locally, nationally, and internationally in such jobs as:

  • Director of services and commerce, Secretariat of Economic Development, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • County administrator, Goodhue County, Minnesota
  • International development specialist, USAID, American Embassy, Moscow
  • Director of community development, City of Thief River Falls, Minnesota
  • National institutional specialist, Lao Land Titling Project, Laos
  • Coordinator, Minnesota Extension Service, University of Minnesota
  • Associate director of education, Brown College, Minneapolis


    The Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, located at 301 19th Avenue South, is conveniently located on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus. The Humphrey Center is bordered by 19th Avenue South and Washington Avenue. The Carlson School of Management is adjacent to the Humphrey Center.

    A circular drive in front of the building is available for dropoff and unloading. The 19th Avenue Ramp is just across the street from the Humphrey Center. The 21st Avenue Ramp and Commuter Lot 94 are just south of the adjacent Carlson School of Management. Additional parking facilities can be viewed at: University Parking


    Northbound on 35W:
    Take U of M / West Bank exit (17C).
    Make a right turn onto Washington Ave.
    Go east on Washington (which changes to Cedar) to Riverside. Turn left.
    Take a left onto 19th Ave. S.
    The Humphrey Center is on your right.

    Eastbound on I-94:
    Take the 35W exit and continue to U of M / West Bank exit (17C).
    Make a right turn onto Washington Ave.
    Go east on Washington (which changes to Cedar) to Riverside. Turn left.
    Take a left onto 19th Ave. S.
    The Humphrey Center is on your right.

    Southbound on 35W:
    Take the Wahsington Ave. exit.
    Take a left onto Washington Ave.
    Go east on Washington (which changes to Cedar) to Riverside. Turn left.
    Take a left onto 19th Ave. S.
    The Humphrey Center is on your right.

    Westbound on I-94:
    Take Cedar Ave. exit.
    Turn right onto Cedar. Continue on to Riverside Ave.
    Turn right onto Riverside.
    Turn left onto 19th Ave. S.
    The Humphrey Center is on your right.

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