Humphrey School of Public Affairs

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.

University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs
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DeanLaura Bloomberg
Academic staff
United States

The Humphrey School ranks among the top 10 professional schools of public affairs in the country.[1] 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.[2] The Humphrey School is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).[3]


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.[4]

Degree programs and academicsEdit

Degrees offered at the Humphrey School include:

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs offers fellowships for Peace Corps volunteers and waives the application fee for the fellowships.[5]

Professional DevelopmentEdit

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.[6]
  • U.S. News & World Report also ranks Minnesota Humphrey as:
    • 2nd in Non Profit Management[7]
    • 11th in social policy[8]
    • 17th in public policy analysis[9]
    • 18th in public management administration[10]
    • 19th in city management and urban policy[11]

Research centersEdit

  • Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy[12]
  • Center for the Study of Politics and Governance[13]
  • Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy[14]
  • Freeman Center for International Economic Policy[15]
  • Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center[16]
  • Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice[17]
  • State and Local Policy Program[18]
  • Center for Integrative Leadership[19]
  • Human Capital Research Collaborative[20]

Student OrganizationsEdit

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 instructorsEdit


  1. ^ Public Affairs schools rankings U.S. News & World Report
  2. ^ "Public and Nonprofit Leadership Management Program U.S. News Best Graduate Schools". Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  3. ^ dickx075 (16 July 2015). "Master of Public Policy". Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  4. ^ dickx075. "History, Legacy & Awards". Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  5. ^ "Humphrey School of Public Affairs at University of Minnesota". Archived from the original on 4 April 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  6. ^ "The Best Public Affairs Programs in America, Ranked". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  7. ^ "The Best Graduate Programs for Nonprofit Management, Ranked". Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  8. ^ "The Best Graduate Programs for Social Policy, Ranked". Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  9. ^ "The Best Graduate Programs for Public Policy Analysis, Ranked". Archived from the original on 2016-04-08. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  10. ^ "The Best Graduate Programs for Public Management Administration, Ranked". Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  11. ^ "The Best Graduate Programs for City Management and Urban Policy, Ranked". Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  12. ^ "Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy".
  13. ^ "Center for the Study of Politics and Governance".
  14. ^ "Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy".
  15. ^ "Freeman Center for International Economic Policy".
  16. ^ "Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center".
  17. ^ "Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice".
  18. ^ "State and Local Policy Program".
  19. ^ "Center for Integrative Leadership".
  20. ^ "Human Capital Research Collaborative". Archived from the original on 2016-03-26.
  21. ^ grave393 (27 September 2015). "Student Organizations". Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  22. ^ J. Brian Atwood Archived 2014-02-21 at the Wayback Machine J. Brian Atwood Biographical Summary
  23. ^ Robert H. Bruininks Vita Archived 2014-02-21 at the Wayback Machine "Robert H. Bruininks Vita"
  24. ^ James E. Jernberg Archived 2010-07-26 at the Wayback Machine James E. Jernberg Professor Emeritus
  25. ^ Walter F. Mondale Archived 2015-09-18 at the Wayback Machine Walter F. Mondale HHH
  26. ^ hhhweb (1 September 2015). "Nancy Eustis". Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  27. ^ Eric P. Schwartz Curriculum Vitae Archived 2014-02-21 at the Wayback Machine Eric P. Schwartz Curriculum Vitae

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