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Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL) is a cohort program which accepts new member cohorts in Fall and Spring Semesters. MAPL courses are designed to help students learn how to ethically influence public policy.

The Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL) degree was offered at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) from 2002-2015 when it relocated to Metropolitan State University. MAPL has 198 graduates, approximately 4/5ths of whom are working in the Advocacy field. Of the 198, approximately 2/3rds work in Minnesota.

MAPL classes are almost universally face-to-face. Four core courses offered in sequence to MAPL cohort members only are held Friday evenings; eleven class meetings each semester. Classes for degree-designated concentrations are offered on Saturday mornings. Three concentrations are available: Advocacy in the Nonprofit Sector, Advocacy in the Public Sector and Labor Organizing and Leadership. Electives are offered on Saturday afternoon.  Students are asked to choose the electives they wish to be offered in the semester prior to the class being taught.

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For program information or if you would like to discuss MAPL, contact Wy Spano, Director of MAPL Program, at wy.spano@metrostate.edu or 651.470.4488 (cell).

For application process information, contact Shana Von Ruden at shana.vonruden@metrostate.edu or 612.659.7290.


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Minneapolis, MN 55403
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