Humphrey School of Public Affairs

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Coordinates: 37°52′31.9″N 122°15′28.34″W / 37.875528°N 122.2578722°W / 37.875528; -122.2578722

Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Established 1968
Type Professional School of Policy and Affairs
Dean Eric Schwartz
Academic staff
Students 500
Location Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Campus Urban

The Huber H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota is one of the country's top-ranked professional public policy and planning schools. The School is long noted for equipping students to play key roles in public life at the local, state, national, and global level and offers five distinctive master's degrees, a doctoral degree, and four certificate programs.

The Humphrey School ranks among the top 15 professional schools of public affairs at public universities in the country.[1] ranks Humphrey School 8 out of 50 most innovative public policy schools in the U.S. The school is named after Hubert H. Humphrey, former Vice President of the United States and Presidential candidate. The School's primary campus 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 Humphrey School program concentration in nonprofit management ranks third 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 administration was founded in 1938 and located on the East Bank of campus. It achieved autonomy as a graduate school within the University in 1968. In 1977, the school was renamed to recognize and honor former Vice President Humphrey. [4] In 2011, the Humphrey Institute was officially renamed the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. [5]

Degree programs and academics[edit]

Degrees offered at the Humphrey School include: Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.), Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP), Master of Science in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (MS-STEP), Master of Development Practice (MDP), Mid-career Master of Public Affairs (MPA), and Ph.D in Applied Economics.

The Humphrey School is organized into six policy areas: Global Policy, Politics and Governance, Public and Nonprofit Leadership, Regional Planning and Policy, Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy, and Social Policy.

Research centers and projects by policy area[edit]

  • Global Policy: Freeman Center for International Economic Policy
  • International Fellowship Programs
  • Leadership and Management: Center for Integrative Leadership
  • Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center
  • Cedar Humphrey Action for Neighborhood Collaborative Engagement (CHANCE)
  • Politics and Governance: Center for the Study of Politics and Governance
  • Regional Planning and Policy
  • State and Local Policy Program
  • Project on Regional and Industrial Economics
  • Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy
  • Center for Science, Technology, and Public Policy
  • Social Policy and Policy Analysis
  • Center on Women and Public Policy
  • Human Capital Research Collaborative
  • Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice

Notable current and former HHH faculty and instructors[edit]

Endowed Chairs and Professorships at the Humphrey School[edit]

  • Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies
  • Roy Wilkins Professor of Human Relations and Social Justice
  • Orville and Jane Freeman Chair in International Trade and Investment Policy
  • Charles M. Denny, Jr., Chair of Science, Technology, and Public Policy
  • Cowles Chair for the Study of Public Service
  • McKnight Land-Grant Professor
  • AFL–CIO Chair of Labor Policy
  • McKnight Presidential Professor of Planning and Public Affairs
  • Harold E. Stassen Chair of International Affairs

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Public Affairs schools rankings U.S. News & World Report
  2. ^ Public and Nonprofit Leadership Management Program U.S. News Best Graduate Schools
  3. ^ Humphrey School Accreditation Humphrey School Degree Program NASPAA Accreditation
  4. ^ [1] Humphrey's work and service
  5. ^ Humphrey School History and Renaming Humphrey School History and Renaming
  6. ^ Humphrey School degree programs and academics
  7. ^ J. Brian Atwood J. Brian Atwood Biographical Summary
  8. ^ Robert H. Bruininks Vita "Robert H. Bruininks Vita"
  9. ^ James E. Jernberg James E. Jernberg Professor Emeritus
  10. ^ Walter F. Mondale Walter F. Mondale HHH
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  12. ^ Eric P. Schwartz Curriculum Vitae Eric P. Schwartz Curriculum Vitae