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Application for Admission - Master of Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL) - UMD CLA

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Thank you for your interest in the Masters of Advocacy and Political Leadership program at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

All application materials are submitted electronically through the ApplyYourself (AY) application system. We cannot review your application until all of the required materials listed below are submitted successfully.

Admission decisions are communicated to applicants through the AY system.
A decision for admission notice will be emailed to you once your application is reviewed by MAPL's admission committee and your transcripts are authenticated by Graduate School officials. You can expect a decision within 4 weeks of completing your application.

Admission Requirements

  • A four-year Bachelor's degree is required with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, with the exception noted below.
  • All applicants need to have accomplished at least some community-oriented extracurricular activity, whether in service with a nonprofit, serving community needs directly, or in politics and political organizations. Applicants may be accepted in MAPL with grade point averages below 3.0 as long as they have accomplished significant community-oriented service activity.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required for admission.
  • MAPL accepts new cohorts each Fall and Spring semester and limits the number of students in each new cohort to 15.

Application Deadlines

Applications for MAPL may be submitted up to one year in advance of the desired date for beginning the program; the final deadline for submitting applications is two weeks prior to the beginning of the desired semester.  MAPL reviews applications as they are received, usually around the 1st and 15th of each month. Each cohort is limited to a maximum of 15 students. When the limited is reached, applications for that semester are closed.  Potential MAPL students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. 


Please read directions carefully!
All application materials should be submitted directly to the ApplyYourself admissions system. We cannot review your application until all of the required materials listed below are submitted successfully.
Submission of the following indicate a complete application file:

Required Application Materials


Where to submit:

How to submit:


Electronically via

Complete Only these sections: Personal Information, Application Information, Educational Background, and Employment/Residence Information

Click here to access the online application.

  Application Fee

  Electronically via

The application fee for U.S. applicants and permanent residents is $75. The application fee for a Change of Status or Readmission application is $75. You must pay the application fee with a valid credit/debit/check card. Please note the application fee cannot be waived or deferred and is not refundable.

Click here for information about fees.


Electronically via ApplyYourself

Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application in the Educational Background section. Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts, there is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review.

If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material.

Click here for important information about uploading your transcripts.

Letters of     

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Two (2) letters of recommendation are required. Acceptable recommendations will come from those who can assess your potential for completing the MAPL program. Recommenders may include former professors, employers/supervisors, and/or professional colleagues.

Submit the names and email addresses of your recommenders under the recommendation section in ApplyYourself. Recommenders will automatically be sent an email with instructions on how to submit their recommendation for you.

Paper copies are not accepted.

Electronically via
Please submit a one page (300 words or less) statement about what you hope to get out of the MAPL program.

Upload your essay under Program Supplementary Information section, Upload 1, in ApplyYourself.

Community- Oriented Activites 

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Describe all community-oriented extracurricular activities in which you have been involved, including service with a nonprofit, serving community needs directly, and/or activity in politics, political organizations, and student government.

Upload your list of community-oriented activities under Program Supplementary Information section, Upload 2, in ApplyYourself.

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