About this program
The Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership program (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 bring about social change and influence public policy. Courses offer a combination of theory and practice to help students learn the skills to accomplish the changes they want to bring about in the world as well as to understand the larger context in which they can bring about these changes.
MAPL classes are almost universally face-to-face. Four core courses, offered in sequence to MAPL cohort members, are held Friday evenings. There are eleven class meetings each semester. Classes for degree-designated concentrations are offered on Saturday mornings and afternoons.
Three concentrations are available:
- Advocacy in the Nonprofit Sector,
- Advocacy in the Public Sector and
- Labor Organizing and Leadership.
Students can also opt for a general MAPL degree without a concentration.
Rich discussions in the classroom among a very diverse group of students are a hallmark of the MAPL program. All of the faculty members offer students a combination of teaching and real world knowledge, skills and connections from their professional lives. Many are leaders in their fields of advocacy and leadership, and draw from these life experiences as they teach. Faculty also welcome the knowledge and insights from their students as part of the learning experience for everyone in the classroom.
The MAPL degree was offered at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) from 2002-2015 when it relocated to Metropolitan State. MAPL has over 200 alumni, approximately four fifths of whom are working in the advocacy field. Of our alums, approximately two thirds work in Minnesota. MAPL not only offers students a unique educational opportunity, but also a community long after the degree is completed, MAPL alumni continue to support each other, as well as the program as a whole.
If you would like additional information about the program, please contact Matt Musel, Director of Advocacy and Public Leadership, who is responsible for program recruitment and external relations (Matt.Musel@metrostate.edu, 612-735-1890 cell) or Adrienne Falcón, Associate Professor in the Department of Public and Non-Profit Leadership who is the Academic Director of the MAPL program (Adrienne.Falcon@metrostate.edu)
Upon completion of the MAPL degree, students will be able to:
- Policy - Evaluate the roles in policy change at the local, state, and federal levels and have the skills to participate in policy initiatives in their development, implementation, and evaluation. Specifically, students will be able to :
- identify those who are the political levers and actions that can be taken at the different levels in government;
- create policy proposals
- develop and commit to policy with an intersectional lens.
- Social Change- Situate policy and social change efforts and campaigns within a historical and critical lens so as to be able to effectively engage in the present. Specifically, students will be able to :
- identify different forms of civic engagement, such as social movements or protest politics, electoral politics, community organizing or community service, and policy advocacy;
- analyze the success of different models of engagement over time;
- understand the diverse forces that have shaped civic life in the United States.” (Civic Learning Rubric); and d. Recognize the historical evolution and current opportunities and constraints for political effectiveness.
- Leadership - Understand different leadership types and style as well as demonstrate personal leadership self-awareness. Specifically, students will be able to :
- analyze skills of effective leaders within a wide array of leadership styles
- evaluate student’s own leadership style and how to most effective use one’s strengths to move advocacy projects forward.
- Communications - Effectively advocate and communicate in different social change endeavors and forms. Specifically, students will be able to :
- write media plans which include press conferences, social media campaigns, and other tools relevant for bringing about action on one’s interests
- create effective public presentations
- Ethics and Values - Develop personal and institutional values that recognize students’ own and larger social values that uphold the following civic values: open-mindedness, civic negotiation, human dignity, social justice, and public good (from the AACU Civic Values Rubric).
- Understand the MAPL code of ethics; and
- Demonstrate action that is consistent with a code of ethics drawing from the MAPL code and AACU Civic Values rubric.