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Tuition and Residency

Tuition Banding

The Humphrey School is committed to providing students a great education at a great value. To encourage and support students to complete their degree full-time in two years, tuition banding is established for the MDP, MHR, MPP, MS–STEP, and MURP degree programs. Students enrolled in the MPA program are charged per credit.

For tuition banding, all credits per semester within the band cost the same:

  • 6–15 credits per semester for MPP, MHR, MURP, MS–STEP
  • 6–16 credits per semester for MDP

Credits above or below the band are charged per credit at the appropriate resident or non-resident tuition rate.

2021–2022 master’s degree tuition rates
MDP*, MHR, MPP, MS–STEP, MURP (6–15 credits)
2021–2022 rates Resident Nonresident
Per credit $1,694.00 $2,471.00
6–15 credits $10,164.00 $14,826.00
Each credit over 15 $1,694.00 $2,471.00
MPA (per credit only)
2021–2022 rates Resident Nonresident
Per credit $1,430.00 $2,246.00

*MDP tuition allows for 6–16 credits due to program requirements. MDP students are responsible for the cost of the required summer field experience; partial funding is typically available.

2021–2022 certificate program tuition rates
Certificate in Election Administration
2021–2022 rates Resident Nonresident
Per credit $989.00 $1,209.00
Certificate in Early Childhood Policy, Human Services Leadership, Policy Issues on Work and Pay, and Public Affairs Leadership
2021–2022 rates Resident Nonresident
Per credit $1,430.00 $2,246.00
Certificate in Nonprofit Management
2021–2022 rates Resident Nonresident
Per credit $1,208.00 $1,743.00
10–15 credits $12,080.00 $17,430.00
Each credit over 15 $1,208.00 $1,743.00

Cost of tuition for certificate programs can be found on the OneStop graduate tuition page. For cost of attendance, visit the OneStop estimated costs page.

Estimated Cost of Attendance

You can use the University of Minnesota’s cost of attendance calculator to estimate costs for full-time study at the Humphrey School. Estimates are based on the maximum allowable costs for the current academic year (9 months).

Please note, when calculating tuition into the University’s estimates for the cost of attendance, there is a difference between the Graduate School tuition rates and the Humphrey School tuition rates. You are not charged both rates, but while most calculations should use the Humphrey School rates, the Graduate School rates are used for others (i.e., graduate assistantship benefits).

Residency and Reciprocity

Minnesota residents pay in-state tuition rates, which are lower than tuition rates assess to non-Minnesota residents. Qualified students who are residents of Manitoba, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, benefit from a long-standing reciprocity agreement, paying tuition rates equal to in-state rates.

Tuition reciprocity is not automatic. Students must apply and qualify for reciprocity through the higher education office in their state of residence.

Please note that students participating in off-campus study, study abroad, or who take time off for an academic year or more must reapply for reciprocity. For more information about the University’s reciprocity policies, download the brochure on residency, reciprocity and tuition exemptions. Answers to frequently asked questions are available in the reciprocity question and answer guide.

Merit-Based Aid

Admitted Humphrey School applicants who apply by the application deadlines listed below are automatically considered for merit-based aid awards. Merit-based aid is competitive at the Humphrey School, and aid decisions are delivered on or before March 15.

Deadlines for MDP, MHR, MPP, MS–STEP and MURP

  • December 15: Deadline for consideration for both University of Minnesota fellowships and Humphrey School merit-based aid
  • January 15: Deadline for consideration for Humphrey School merit-based aid

Deadlines for MPA

  • February 15: Deadline for consideration for Humphrey School merit-based aid

University of Minnesota Fellowships

Students who submit a completed application by December 15 will be considered for the University of Minnesota fellowship programs listed below.

Applicants are nominated by the Humphrey School admissions committee based on materials provided in the admissions application. While there is no separate application necessary to be considered for nomination, the Office of Admissions may request selected nominees to submit additional statements, forms, or recommendations.

Please note: These fellowships may have deadlines that differ from the December 15 deadline, but that is the deadline required by the Humphrey School in order to allow sufficient time for application review.

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Provost’s Professional Education Diversity Fellowship (PEDF)

Humphrey School Merit Aid

Students who submit a completed application by January 15 will be considered for Humphrey School merit-based aid. All merit-based aid offers will be announced by mid-March.

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Graduate Assistantships

Circularity Impact Program: An NSF Research Traineeship

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Circularity Impact Program supports Masters and PhD students studying the circular use of water, energy, and materials. Competitive fellowships and travel stipends are available to students studying in any of Humphrey’s Masters or PhD programs, except the MPA program. Masters students are eligible for one year of funding and PhD students are eligible for two years.

Get full details and application information about the Circularity Impact Program here

Gender Policy Report Summer Fellowship

One Gender Policy Report Summer Fellowship will be available to eligible Humphrey School students in 2021. The fellowship is a $4,000 award that will be paid during the summer. A completed application and proposal must be submitted to by 9 a.m. on April 2, 2021.

PhD and master’s students from any Humphrey School program are eligible to apply. Preference will go to PhD students. Master’s students with original research in progress related to their professional papers will also be considered.

Need-Based Aid

All qualified students pursuing a master’s degree at the Humphrey School are eligible for financial aid in the form of federal loans up to the total estimated cost of attendance (COA) minus any other scholarships, grants, or other funding. Eligibility for need-based aid is determined through the submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the University’s OneStop Student Services Office.

Incoming and current Humphrey School students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. Many Humphrey School graduates pursue careers in the public and/or nonprofit sectors, and as a result, may qualify for this program.


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