Master On Campus

Public Affairs

University of Minnesota

24 months
2212 USD/credit
2212 USD/credit
1409 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Public Affairs program of the University of Minnesota is geared toward mid-career professionals with 10+ years of work experience who want to advance their skills in public and nonprofit leadership, policy, and program analysis, and using research data for evidence-based decision-making.


Program Details

Designed to stimulate personal and professional growth through concentrated work with dedicated peers, the Public Affairs program of the University of Minnesota allows students to design a program that aligns with their career goals at local, state, national, and international levels.

The framework of the MPA degree program is flexible and efficient. Classes are offered during the day, evening, some weekends, and during the summer. The program is adaptable to family, work, and other responsibilities. The majority of our MPA students take one or two classes at a time while working full-time, with most completing their degree in less than three years.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Leadership Foundations
  • Public Affairs Leadership
  • Policy Analysis in Public Affairs
  • Program Design and Implementation Analysis
  • Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis
  • Quantitative Research Methods and Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited US university or foreign equivalent
  • English language proficiency
  • At least 10 years of post-baccalaureate professional work experience is required for applicants to the MPA program. Pre-baccalaureate experience may be considered for applicants with a significant gap between completion of high school and the bachelor's degree
  • Personal Statement
  • Diversity Statement
  • Impact Statement
  • Academic Readiness Statement
  • Resume or CV
  • At least three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • English Language Requirement
  • Applicants wishing to provide additional information to the admissions committee which is not appropriate for other required documents but may be helpful in their consideration as a candidate for admission can submit a statement of extenuating circumstances
  • The application fee is $75 for domestic students and $95 for international students

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2212 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2212 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    2212 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2212 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    1409 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1409 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Minneapolis

1130 - 2045 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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