Masters of Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL) accepts new cohorts each Fall and Spring semester and limits the number of students in each new cohort to 20. To be eligible for admission to the program, all candidates must have:

  • A four-year Bachelor's degree with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Exception: Applicants may be accepted in MAPL with undergraduate grade point averages below 3.0 as long as they have accomplished significant community-oriented service activity.
  • Accomplished at least some community-oriented extracurricular activity, whether in service with a nonprofit, serving community needs directly, or in politics and political organizations.

Application Packet

All application materials become the property of Metropolitan State University and are not returned.

To be considered for full admission you must submit all parts of the application packet:

Part One

  • Non-refundable application fee
    • Current fee of $20 is waived for graduates of Metropolitan State.
  • Official transcripts
    • Official transcripts showing a baccalaureate degree or equivalent earned from an accredited institution with grade-point average or narrative description describing courses completed from all schools attended after high school and transcripts from any graduate or professional programs.
    • All transcripts from non-U.S. schools must be evaluated by ECE (preferred) or WES. The equivalent of a baccalaureate degree is required for all graduate programs.

Part Two

  • Two References

    Two (2) letters of recommendation are required. Acceptable recommendations will come from those who can assess your potential for completing the MAPL program. Recommenders may include former professors, employers/supervisors, and/or professional colleagues.
  • Goals Essay

    A word-processed paper (double-spaced and approximately two pages) explaining "Why the Master's Degree Would Help Me Achieve My Professional Goals," with specific reference to the program. Describe significant achievements, planned career, and community or personal activities, including what you can contribute to the program as well as what you hope to get out of the MAPL program.
  • Current Resumé

    Describe all community-oriented extracurricular activities in which you have been involved, including service with a nonprofit, serving community needs directly, and/or activity in politics, political organizations, and student government.

Part Three - International Students Only

In addition to parts one and two, international applicants in the U.S. or abroad, on any type of visa, are required to provide this information for admission to the university.

  • Proof of English proficiency (official TOEFL or IELTS score)
    • Minimum scores: TOEFL 80 IBT, 213 CBT, 550 PBT or IELTS 6.5
    • IBT=internet based; CBT=computer based; PBT=paper based
  • Financial statement (F1 visa only)
  • Immunization records
  • Copies of passport, visa, I-94, and international home address and phone numbers

Visit International Student Services graduate admissions for part three details.


Submit materials to the Graduate Studies Office via mail using the mailing address below or by email to graduate.studies@metrostate.edu


Contact Information

Graduate Studies Office
MEC Building, Office 4003
1300 Harmon Place
Minneapolis Campus

Mailing address:
1501 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Email address: graduate.studies@metrostate.edu

Master of Advocacy and Political Leadership
College of Community Studies and Public Affairs
Metropolitan State University
1450 Energy Park Drive Suite 147
Saint Paul, MN 55108
651-999-5820