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About MAPL

The Master of Advocacy & Political Leadership (MAPL) is an applied degree that seeks to create a professional group of ethically-grounded advocates and organizers.  It is designed for leaders who have experience with or interest in influencing public policy. Graduates of this program generally go on to positions as local community leaders, labor leaders, government relations specialists in businesses, nonprofit sector policy advocates, inter-governmental relations specialists, political operatives, lobbyists, elected and appointed officials, and staff to policy makers.  Students come from throughout the region, with many already working in one of the above interest areas.

Cohorts of up to 15 students form at the beginning of each semester and progress together through the four semesters required to complete the program. The 32 credit program includes 12 cohort core course credits, 15 elective course credits, and 5 advocacy internship credits. Classes meet 11 weekends each semester, and are scheduled in 3-hour time periods on Friday evening, Saturday morning, and Saturday afternoon. Students may choose to concentrate in one of three fields: advocacy in the public sector, nonprofit advocacy, or labor organizing and leadership.

Lodging is provided for students commuting a significant distance to Duluth. Roundtrip transportation from the Twin Cities is provided for each class weekend.

For more information on our program, please see our OneStop for Prospective MAPL Students.