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University of Minnesota Regents approve Humphrey School of Public Affairs doctoral degree program

June 14, 2013

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents today voted to approve a Ph.D. in Public Affairs degree program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. This doctoral degree will provide students with critical skills necessary to address increasingly complex domestic and global policy challenges—from healthcare reform and economic development to climate change and international conflict prevention—and better prepare them for careers in government, nonprofit organizations, business, and academia. Students may enter the new degree program beginning fall 2014.

"This is an important step forward for the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and has been several years in the making," said Humphrey School Dean Eric Schwartz. "Beyond providing students with exemplary training in public policy and research, this Ph.D. program will better position the school to define the character of public affairs education in the decades to come. Graduates of this program will play multiple roles: they’ll teach public affairs to future students, be in the forefront of scholarship on critical policy issues and occupy key positions in local, national and international organizations."

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs currently ranks 16th among more than 280 schools of public affairs and administration in the country and third for its nonprofit leadership program. With this new Ph.D., the Humphrey School joins a number of other highly ranked public affairs graduate programs around the country in offering more advanced training for students focusing on such fields as public policy, public and nonprofit leadership and management, and urban and regional planning, and further strengthens University of Minnesota’s capacity for research, training and service in these crucial areas.

According to U of M President Eric Kaler: "Offering a Ph.D. in Public Affairs aligns with the priorities that I’ve outlined for the University. My vision includes elevating the impact and reputation of our institution in ways that we can help meet communities’ most vexing challenges and compete globally. The Ph.D. program at the Humphrey School will prepare students to make more significant impacts at local, state, and global levels."

Students will take a common set of core classes and choose a specialization in either public policy; urban planning; public and nonprofit management; or science, technology and environmental policy. Each specialization requires advanced training in theory, research design, statistics, and other quantitative and qualitative methods.

For more information, visit www.hhh.umn.edu/degrees/phd.html.

About the Humphrey School of Public Affairs
The University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs ranks 16th among more than 280 schools of public affairs and administration across the United States and third for its nonprofit leadership program. The School is widely recognized for its role in examining public issues and shaping policy and planning at the local, state, national, and international levels, as well as for providing leadership and management expertise to public and nonprofit organizations. The School offers five graduate degrees, including a master of development practice degree in international development. www.hhh.umn.edu.

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