24 months
29652 USD/year
29652 USD/year
20328 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Public Policy program of the University of Minnesota is one of the best in the country, attracting students who are committed to public service at the local, state, national, and international levels.


About the program

The mission of the Public Policy program of the University of Minnesota is to prepare professionals with specialized skills and knowledge to advance the common good in a range of public policy issues and in management of organizations in a diverse world.

The public service values animating the Humphrey School and the MPP program reflect the values of the School's namesake, Hubert Humphrey, and his commitment to democratic, responsive, and effective governance. We uphold NASPAA’s public service values, and give particular emphasis to these, which are reflected in our mission and embedded in the MPP curriculum:

  • Professionalism in public and nonprofit services;
  • Competency with specialized knowledge and skills;
  • Promotion of evidence-based policy discussion;
  • Democratic values in governance and participation;
  • Respect for different political and philosophical perspectives;
  • Ethics, social justice, and environmental well-being;
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusiveness;
  • Global awareness and intercultural competency.

The MPP degree brings together political science, economics, statistics, management, and other social science disciplines to shape policies and programs around the globe. The vast majority of our MPP students complete their graduate program in two years.

Students in the MPP degree program benefit from the Humphrey School's expertise in global policy, leadership and management, politics and governance, social policy and analysis, and urban and regional planning.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Management of Organizations
  • Politics of Public Affairs
  • Economics for Policy Analysis and Planning
  • Policy Analysis
  • Financial Analysis and Management
  • Public Policies on Work and Pay

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


45 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Student insurance

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  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited US university or foreign equivalent
  • English language proficiency (see below for more information)
  • Previous coursework in mathematics, statistics, and economics is recommended
  • A personal statement is required of all applicants
  • The Diversity Statement (also called the "Equity and Inclusion Statement” within the Humphrey School) is required for all applicants
  • A resume or CV
  • At least three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • International applicants need to submit scores from either the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB examination to assess English language proficiency
  • 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

    29652 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14826 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    29652 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14826 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    20328 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10164 USD per semester 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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