Masters of Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL)

  • Minnesota

About Us

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.