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The Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota is one of the United States' top-ranked professional public policy and planning schools. The school is noted for equipping students to play key roles in public life at the local, state, national, and global level and offers six distinctive master's degrees, a doctoral degree, and six certificate programs.
The Humphrey School ranks among the top 10 professional schools of public affairs in the country. The school is named after Hubert H. Humphrey, former Vice President of the United States and Presidential candidate. The school is located on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota, which is also home to other top-ranking schools including the University of Minnesota Law School and Carlson School of Management in Minneapolis, MN. The program concentration in nonprofit management ranks second in the United States. The Humphrey School is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).
The University of Minnesota's graduate program for public policy was founded on the East Bank campus in 1938 as the Public Administration Center. In 1968, it achieved autonomy as a graduate school within the university and became the School of Public Affairs. The School was replaced in 1977 with the founding of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, named to honor former Vice President Hubert Humphrey for his contributions to improving the well-being of humanity. It was renamed the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in 2011 to better reflect its academic mission.
Degree programs and academics
Degrees offered at the Humphrey School include:
- Master of Public Policy (MPP) (with degree concentrations in Advanced Policy Analysis Methods, Economic and Community Development, Global Public Policy, Human Rights, Politics and Governance, Public Finance and Budgeting, Public and Nonprofit Leadership Management, Science Technology and Environmental Policy, Social Policy, and Gender Public Policy.)
- Mid-career Master of Public Affairs (MPA)
- Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP)
- Master of Science in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (MS-STEP)
- Master of Development Practice (MDP)
- Master of Human Rights (MHR)
- Ph.D in Public Policy
- Dual degrees are offered with the Carlson School of Management (M.B.A.), University of Minnesota Law School (Juris Doctor), Social Work (M.S.W.), University of Minnesota School Public Health (Master of Public Health) and the departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (Master of Landscape Architecture) and Civil Engineering (Master of Science in Civil Engineering)
- Graduate certificates are offered in Early Childhood Policy, Election Administration, Nonprofit Management, Public Affairs Leadership, Human Services Leadership, and Policy Issues on Work and Pay
The Humphrey School offers numerous opportunities for professionals in a wide variety of careers to enhance their skills and to increase their involvement with public policy issues.
- Humphrey Policy Fellows Program
- Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
- Wilkins Community Fellows Program
- Public Safety Leadership Program
- Minnesota Senior Leadership Institute Program
- Humphrey School is ranked 8th in the United States among America's top public affairs schools by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.
- U.S. News & World Report also ranks Minnesota Humphrey as:
- Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy
- Center for the Study of Politics and Governance
- Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy
- Freeman Center for International Economic Policy
- Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center
- Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice
- State and Local Policy Program
- Center for Integrative Leadership
- Human Capital Research Collaborative
The Humphrey School and the wider University of Minnesota offers many ways for students to get involved with a wide array of issues, projects, and activities.
- Public Affairs Student Association (PASA)
- Humphrey Students of Color Association (HSOCA)
- Humphrey International Students Association (HISA)
- Humphrey Association for Disability and Mental Illness (HADMI)
- Planning Student Organization (PSO)
- Gender, Sex, and Policy Events Committee (GSPEC)
- Cedar–Humphrey Action for Neighborhood Collaborative Engagement (CHANCE)
- Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Development (IPID)
- Common Grounds
- Council of Graduate Schools (COGS)
- Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA)
Notable current and former Humphrey school faculty and instructors
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- J. Brian Atwood, former Administrator of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) (1993-2000)
- Robert H. Bruininks, Professor Emeritus and 15th President of the University of Minnesota (2002-2011)
- Harlan Cleveland, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO
- Lawrence R. Jacobs, leading public intellectual and founder of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance
- James E. Jernberg, Professor Emeritus
- Geri M. Joseph, former U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands
- Morris Kleiner, AFL-CIO Chair in Labor Policy
- Barbara Lukermann, pioneer in urban planning
- Eric Magnuson, former Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court
- Walter F. Mondale, 42nd Vice President of the United States (1977-1981)
- Nancy Eustis, Professor Emerita, Aging and Gerontology, retired 2010, affiliated with University of Minnesota Schools of Public Health and Sociology, Co-Editor historic Aging and Disabilities, 1992 Issue of Aging Series of Generations
- R.T. Rybak, former Mayor of Minneapolis (2002-2014) and Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee
- Eric P. Schwartz, former dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration
- John Brandl, former dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and DFL Minnesota state senator
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