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2017 Graduate Education | International Affairs

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University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs


The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota ranks among the nation’s top 10 professional public policy and planning schools. Students come with a commitment to spend their professional lives striving to make the world a better place. They find opportunities to jump-start their careers through internships and professional experiences in Washington, D.C., and other U.S. and international locations. Humphrey School graduates pursue careers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors with a shared goal of advancing the common good in an increasingly diverse and interconnected world.

The school’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) program brings together political science, sociology, economics, statistics, management, and other social science disciplines to shape policies and programs around the globe. Many MPP students pursue the program’s Global Public Policy concentration and choose one of three specializations:

The Humphrey School’s interdisciplinary Master of Human Rights (MHR) program prepares students to engage in global human rights challenges through research, policy analysis, and advocacy. Supported jointly by the Humphrey School and the university’s College of Liberal Arts, the MHR program is designed to support emerging leaders with the ability to draw upon diverse knowledge and experiences in a field that demands innovative responses to complex challenges.

The Humphrey School’s Master of Development Practice (MDP) program provides interdisciplinary training in public policy, education, public health, and the natural and social sciences. Administered jointly with the university’s Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, it prepares students for careers in international development by equipping them with the skills needed to address challenges involving poverty, social justice, and sustainable development.

“The Humphrey School is at the forefront of addressing society’s most challenging and complex issues.” –Laura Bloomberg, Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

The Master of Science in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (MS–STEP) focuses on public issues that shape economic development, environmental sustainability, and human health and well-being.

“The Humphrey School is at the forefront of addressing society’s most challenging and complex issues,” says Humphrey School Dean Laura Bloomberg. “Our faculty members are deeply engaged in addressing critical public policy issues at home and around the globe. Through our academic programs and opportunities to engage with faculty and practitioners, our students graduate well prepared to address global policy challenges in their professional careers.”

The Humphrey School maintains a partnership with the Washington, D.C.–based Stimson Center, one of the country’s most highly regarded global policy think tanks. In addition to providing internship opportunities for students, the partnership facilitates research and collaboration between Humphrey School faculty and Stimson experts.

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