School of Public Affairs

School of Public Affairs

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Get to know us

The School of Public Affairs prepares students to become contributing members of their local, regional, national and global communities through instruction, research and community outreach.

We approach public policy using a wider lens than other universities. In addition to the political science-based interpretation of public policy, we integrate other disciplines and fields that directly contribute to the management of the public interest.

We are able to adopt this approach because of our excellent faculty. Our professors have distinguished track records and share the common goal of producing graduates who go on to have successful careers in the private, public and nonprofit sectors.


of 2020-21 graduates were employed in a related field within one year of their graduation.

We prepare students for success

Undergraduate, transfer, graduate, or lifelong learner — our experienced faculty and staff will help you achieve your professional and personal goals.

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Through active, experiential and global learning opportunities, we prepare our students to be stewards of the public interest and practitioners and leaders in the public and private sectors.


We provide the highest quality and most comprehensive undergraduate and graduate public affairs education in the upper Midwest by engaging our students and faculty in the study and critical analysis of public policy and by serving as a rich source of knowledge for our stakeholders, both local and global.


2022 Annual Report

Our ties to our community have grown even stronger! See what we've been up to in our 2022 annual report publication.

Minnesota Future Together Grants

Nearly all of our programs are eligible for the Minnesota Future Together grants. See if you qualify for a tuition-free pathway

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