Governing U is an index of public sector management and policy degrees from universities across the country. It provides a single source for browsing offerings from Master of Public Administration (MPA) , the Master of Public Policy (MPP) and the Executive MPA and certificate and other professional programs designed specifically for the education needs of working professionals in public service.
The University of Minnesota ’s commitment to public affairs leadership back to the very first president, William Watts Folwell. In his inaugural address in 1869, Folwell said that it was the University’s obligation to teach public affairs. He emphasized the need for “special instruction of our public servants.”
The Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs was founded in early 1977 to recognize and honor Senator and Vice President Hubert Humphrey, a legislator and statesman recognized internationally for his contributions to improving the well-being of humanity.
Before his death, Humphrey made sure that the institution that would carry his name would be more than a college. He wanted a living memorial, one that would not only prepare future leaders, but also one that would be a forum for active debate on the policy issues of the day; and an academy that would produce the best research and non-partisan advocacy based on that research.
Among the Institute’s academic programs is the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree, which prepares students to be leaders who design, manage, and advocate for better policy solutions. It is a professional discipline that seeks to solve public problems through policy analysis and design, program and project management, and community and public advocacy. The field brings together political science, economics, statistics, management, and other social science disciplines to shape policies and programs at the local, national, and international levels.
As analysts, managers, and leaders, MPP graduates work with quantitative and qualitative information and data to develop, assess, and evaluate alternative approaches to current and emerging issues. Their careers are in a variety of public service fields and in all levels of government, in nonprofit organizations and NGOs, and in the private sector