Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL)
The Master of 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 with degrees from UMD, 18 with degrees from Metropolitan State. Approximately 4/5ths of the graduates are working in the Advocacy field. Of the 216 graduates, 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. Three emphases are available: Advocacy in the Nonprofit Sector, Advocacy in the Public Sector and Labor Organizing and Leadership. Classes for degree-designated emphases are offered on Saturday mornings. Electives are offered on Saturday afternoons. Students are asked to choose the electives they wish to be offered in the semester prior to the class being taught.
Masters of Advocacy and Political Leadership accepts new cohorts each Fall and Spring semester and limits the number of students in each new cohort to 15. 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 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.
Once admitted, students may transfer up to 16 graduate level credits into the program. A course may be considered for transfer only if it is an appropriate substitution for a required course or elective as outlined in the program curriculum, was not included in a previously granted degree, and was awarded a letter grade of B or better. Courses are accepted in transfer upon the approval of the graduate program director.
Graduate Program Policies
The following policies can be viewed here:
- Academic Standing
- Dismissal Due to Unsatisfactory Academic Standing
- Appeal of Dismissal Due to Unsatisfactory Academic Standing
- Readmission after Dismissal
- Time to Completion
Review University Graduate Program Policies and Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Program Policies about additional information on these topics.
Metropolitan State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
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The MAPL program curriculum is consistent with the guidelines of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC.)
Resident faculty members are primarily:
- Holders of doctoral degrees in their fields
- Authors of applied and refereed publications
- Experienced in their academic fields.
Masters of Advocacy and Political Leadership 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.
The degree requires 16 core course credits, 20 concentration or elective course credits, and 4 advocacy internship credits.
Degree designated emphases available but not required; emphases courses maybe treated as electives.