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Advocacy and Political Leadership

Program Details

About this Program

The Master of Advocacy & Political Leadership (MAPL) is an applied degree that seeks to create a professional group of ethically-grounded advocates and organizers. It is designed for leaders who have experience with or interest in influencing public policy. Graduates of this program generally go on to positions as local community leaders, labor leaders, government relations specialists in businesses, nonprofit sector policy advocates, inter-governmental relations specialists, political operatives, lobbyists, elected and appointed officials, and staff to policy makers. Students come from throughout the region, with many already working in one of the above interest areas.
Cohorts of up to 15 students form at the beginning of each semester and progress together through the four semesters required to complete the program. The 40 credit program includes 16 core course credits, from four 4-credit core courses required of all receiving the degree and limited to those seeking the degree, 20 credits in non-core classes , at least eight of which must come from courses with the MAPL designation, and four internship credits. Classes meet 11 weekends each semester, and are scheduled in 3 and1/2-hour time periods on Friday evening, Saturday morning, and Saturday afternoon. Students may choose to concentrate in one of three fields: advocacy in the public sector, nonprofit advocacy, or labor organizing and leadership. A new concentration, advocacy in the for-profit sector, is being added.

Classroom Location(s)

  • Metropolitan State University, St Paul Campus 55106
Metropolitan State University
Metropolitan State University
700 East Seventh St. St. Paul, MN 55106
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